Account of creation in a nutshell…

Account of creation in a nutshell…

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. –John 1:1-5 NLT So the Word became human and made his home among us....

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Life Tuning

Life Tuning

I was thinking about when I first learned to tune my guitar. I did not have a digital meter like we have today. I had a little instrument that you played each note and compared the sound of each string to the sounds of the horn. Pressure from tension on the string is what brings it in tune. You either increase or decrease the pressure to get each string to play just right. You had to do this more than once, because each time you adjusted other...

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Support the Gryder’s ministry

Support the Gryder’s ministry

As AG US Missionaries we depend on donations by individuals, churches, and businesses interested in unreached people groups in America. AG Giving is the easiest way to donate or support Assemblies of God supported ministries. One time gifts or set up monthly support. Click here: http://s1.ag.org/12up Or use the QR Code on this page Share...

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Christian Communion

Christian Communion

The Lord’s Supper INTRODUCTION Official AG Statement: Holy Communion The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements 
–bread and the fruit of the vine–
 is the symbol expressing our sharing 
the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), 
a memorial of his suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26, 
and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26, 
and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!”...

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The importance of Water Baptism

The importance of Water Baptism

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” 
 Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) Introduction Baptism is an important part of our walk with the Lord. It is, however, misunderstood by many. Different denominations use different methods and practices regarding baptism. This article is not intended...

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God Said What???

God Said What???

I am by nature a one who loves to dig things out through study. Early in my life, I was taught things that were not biblical and when pressed to have them backed up with scripture or even early church tradition the answer always seemed to be “this is what we teach” or “I was taught this by pastor so-in-so.” That did not satisfy me. I needed to know that what I teach can be backed up biblically. That being said, even with...

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Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, and Pastor/Teachers

Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, and Pastor/Teachers

I keep hearing people talk about those who are apostles, prophets, evangelist, and pastors and teachers. I am an Ephesians 4 kind of guy, so this has always intrigued me. Some refer to these four fold ministries (I believe pastor/teacher is one so I do not call it five fold ministries) as Holy Spirit gifting, but that is not what the text refers to. Look at the verses leading up to verse 11 and you will find the “He” who...

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Cussing Cowboy

Cussing Cowboy

The rancher had picked up this cowboy pastor to go work a round up for him. As they rode in the pickup, the rancher would cuss and then apologize to the preacher. The pastor told him, “I have a cure for that, but it will make you swell up for about three days.“ The rancher asked what it was. “James 1:26” was the pastor's reply. The next day, after the rancher again apologized for cussing, the pastor asked if he had...

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CULTURALLY RELEVANT MINISTRY

CULTURALLY RELEVANT MINISTRY

Understanding and communicating within the culture God sent you to reach. — RELATE SO YOU CAN COMMUNICATE — S E R VA N T    B A S E D    M I N I S T R Y Message text: Philippians 2:5-9; 1 Corinthians 9:19-24 NKJV INTRODUCTION Years ago when I first came into AG, one of the first things I did was go on a missions trip to Belize. My new pastor, Al Roever, thought I needed this exposure so I would have the heart for missions that he...

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Doctrine is Bad????

Doctrine is Bad????

Doctrine (Latin: doctrina) is a code of beliefs or “a body of teachings” or “instructions”, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system. Over and over, I hear people say that doctrine is not important. In fact, people will follow after anything that has signs and wonders even though Jesus warned about using that to measure whether something is right or not....

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Seeing Clearly

Seeing Clearly

 I received a new pair of riding glasses a while back. It is always interesting when I get new lenses with a new prescription. I measure how well they work with five factors. I see how well I can see to read a book, road signs, and license plates for the first three. The last two are leaves on trees and high line wires. The first three are obvious, especially since I spend a lot of time reading to study as a minister and on the road as a...

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What Ministry Are You Doing Outside Your Ministry?

What Ministry Are You Doing Outside Your Ministry?

 I have always believed that you should invest outside of your own personal ministry, even when I was a pastor, or for that matter all the way back when I was a youth pastor in the dark ages. I am talking much more than finances. Yes, we send monthly support to several other missionaries, LFTL, and to special projects in the North Texas District and the West Texas District among others that we send support on an irregular basis. But money is...

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“Ahhhhhhhhh…. Grasshopper!”

“Ahhhhhhhhh…. Grasshopper!”

The message of salvation is often misunderstood today. The passage in Romans 10:9-11 is simply stated, but seems to be totally misquoted. 9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone...

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Make Me Like You, Lord

Make Me Like You, Lord

Back in 1975, this was the prayer that I prayed every day. A t shirt printing london company embroidered it and it has been on my office wall for years. It has always been my goal. Maybe it is time to resume praying it again. Make me like you , Lord. Lord give me the mind of Christ, Eyes that I might see the needs of others, Ears to hear your perfect Word, and a Mouth that I might speak your truth. Lord, strengthen my shoulders that I would be...

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Are YOU Part of HIS Church?

Are YOU Part of HIS Church?

Sermon text: Matthew 16:13-1 Out of a march on Washington on November 2, 2002 came a new political action committee called “Godless Americans”. A group that is trying to call attention to their wishes… They want “In God we trust” off our money and God taken out of our pledge. Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheist and chairman of the walk said, “I see a potential voting bloc. I see a new movement ready to assert its political and...

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This Gideon Bible was used to explain salvation to me in 1964

This Gideon Bible was used to explain salvation to me in 1964

This was the Bible the pastor brought to me at my house on the afternoon after I had walked the aisle of the church on Sunday morning. This Gideon Bible was used to explain salvation to me in 1964. I had walked the aisle on Sunday morning at First Baptist church in Eunice, NM. The pastor had prayed for me and then asked my mom and dad if he could come by our house that afternoon. All these years later, no other day stands out in my memory like...

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BEING ONE… Thinking things through…

BEING ONE… Thinking things through…

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!Psalm 133:1 KJV I have been reminded by someone recently of something I have said many times. It is that what one of us does affects all of the rest of us who call ourselves Christian. I would like to think that we could each stand on our own merit, but have to admit that it is just not true for Christians. I remember watching the three musketeers when I was a child...

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The Example of Jesus – Do We Follow It?

The Example of Jesus – Do We Follow It?

Time and time again, I hear Christians talk about the need to be Christ-like. Philippians 2:5 even says for us to “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” He is our perfect example and our goal for the way we think and the way we do things. And yet, we seldom implement His methods or His way of treating both the religious and the lost. Often pastors and church members are careful to not have any contact with the...

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I do not want my faith to be D.O.A.

I do not want my faith to be D.O.A.

I had a friend that suffered loss a while back that left him in a bit of a bind. I prayed for him, but when I did the Lord had me give him a gift instead of just praying. I was thinking about this today and this scripture came to mind. I wonder how many times we are made aware of needs and pray a prayer of “faith” which we intend to meet that need but do not pray a prayer of “faith” that asks the Lord if we are to do...

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