Staying Alive

David Brandt Berg

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The signs of life are principally manifested by motion, action: There must be change, movement. Just so, to stay alive spiritually, we must have movement. In our lives with the Lord, there are only two directions we can move; there is no standing still. We are either moving forward or backward. When we stop making progress, we’re backsliding.

It reminds me of the story about the little boy who fell out of bed. When his mother asked him why it happened, he said, “I guess[...] read more

Dare To Be Different

David Brandt Berg

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A world-famous nonconformist named Jesus, while exhorting His disciples to leave their old lives in order to follow Him, warned them that they would be “as sheep in the midst of wolves” (Matthew 10:16). “If you were of the system,” He as good as said, “the system would love its own. But you are not of the system; therefore the system hates you” (John 15:19, paraphrased).

Dare to be different, He was saying. Venture to vary from the norm which the systematic system[...] read more

Fruit that Remains

Personal witnessing vs. mass evangelism

David Brandt Berg

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I have very little faith in mass evangelism. The proportion of changed lives to the numbers of the crowds is too small. In a weeklong series of public meetings, for example, maybe a thousand people will raise their hands when the speaker asks, “Who wants to receive Jesus?” or, “Who wants to go to Heaven?” Well, I’m sure those who believe and sincerely [...] read more

Let Others See Jesus in You

David Brandt Berg

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Jesus told His first followers, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do” (John 14:12). And they did! Those He was speaking to at the time carried the Gospel much further than Jesus had been able to during His brief public ministry, and those they reached carried it even further.

But some Christians today look[...] read more

Fighters

“Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

David Brandt Berg

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Many people, when they receive Jesus as their Savior, assume that they’ll immediately become very happy and all their problems will be solved. They think they’ll never have any more difficulties, but this usually isn’t the case.

When discussing the tests and trials that new Christians often face, especially those who are [...] read more

Mountain Men

David Brandt Berg

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When Jesus climbed the mountain, He left the multitude behind. “And seeing the multitudes, He [Jesus] went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him” (Matthew 5:1).

Mountain peaks are never crowded. Why? Because its hard work getting there. Not very many people desire to climb mountains. It’s lonesome, and you have to leave everything behind to do it. You’re likely to get lots of scratches and bumps, and it might even cost you your life.

But[...] read more

The Story of Tommy

David Brandt Berg

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“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Faith can even come from hearing your word, your testimony, your witness, your letter containing the Words of God to a friend, relative, or interested party.

I’m reminded of a true story I heard when I was young, about a crippled boy named Tommy who lived in poverty with his aunt in a small third-story apartment of a run-down tenement on a busy city street. Tommy was so severely handicapped that[...] read more