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Jim Cole-Rous

Articles by: Jim Cole-Rous

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Glorifying God in Life and Death

Hugh Franzsen sat at a table in the hostel dining hall playing cards with some of his colleagues.…

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The Death of Marriage

Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall…

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Jameses in the New Testament

There are three men in the New Testament, closely associated with Jesus of Nazareth, who are called by…

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What Motivated Early Pentecostal Missionaries?

In the first decade of the 1900’s there was a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This was…

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What is a Christian?

There are many definitions of “Christian,” but the Bible is the authority on the topic and here is…

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The Process of Discipleship

Matthew 4:19 “And He saith unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you fishers of…

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Who Must Count the Cost?

Luke 9:57 “As they went on their way, a certain man said unto Him, I will follow thee…

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Quo Vadis?

John 13:36 “Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Youcef Nadarkhani, a 32-year-old Iranian pastor,…

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Conditions of Discipleship

Matt 16:25 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for…

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What Is Our Cross?

Luke 9:23 “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross…

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Discipleship and Confrontation

Mark 8:31-32 “the Son of Man must…be killed, and after three days rise again. And he spake that…

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Taking up Your Cross

A Question of Identity: Matthew 16:15. “Who do you say that I am?” Pastor Jim was asked to…

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Memories of a Godly Missionary

Rev. J. R. Gschwend came to South Africa and worked in Basotho Land, now called Lesotho under the…

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China Call

Sonya’s Story Sonya Botha was not only a single girl, she was a singular girl. With a strong…

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Chasing the Spirit : Miracles at Vanga

In the early 1970s Herman Riffle was a missionary radio pastor in Ecuador. He worked for H.C.J.B. a…

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Fall Leaves

The fading sun dropped quietly behind the low band of clouds on the western horizon. Sensing a marked…

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The Importance of Referencing

Here is a quote that many people will recognize: “It was the best of times, it was the…

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James, Bishop of Jerusalem

Philip Shaff points out there are three theories concerning James “I would call them the brother-theory, the half-brother-theory,…

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Wise Men From the East!

In the Gospel of Matthew 2:1-12 we have the single account of the visit of the “Wise Men”…

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The Uncanny Unicorn

“Well, now that we have seen each other,” said the Unicorn, “If you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe…

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Titus – Paul’s Son in the Faith

“And he departed thence, and went into the house of a certain man named Titus Justus, one that…

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Three Days and Nights!

There exists some confusion regarding the days of the Easter events, when Jesus was arrested, crucified and came…

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The Proud Princess

We see a young girl growing up in a family that was suddenly catapulted to Kingship. She was…

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The Family of Jesus

In smaller communities it is normal that everyone knows all about everyone else. When Jesus returned to His…

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Obadiah’s Widow and God’s Deliverance

“Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying,…

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The Brother Whose Praise is in the Churches

The 20th chapter of the Book of Acts begins with the statement, ‘After the uproar had ceased’. Exciting…

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People of the Little Town

One small town is mentioned a few times in the Bible, then two thirds of the way through…

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Messianic Generations of Joseph and Mary

It is easy for people to imagine a contradiction in the Bible when they read the accounts of…

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Meet Simeon the Just

There are some misconceptions concerning Simeon. This is particularly due to a misunderstanding of the grammar in the…

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Joseph’s Portion

If there is one thing that families find difficult to accept, it is the discovery that they have…

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Johnny – Man in the Shadows

In the Gospel of Luke we are told of Jesus and His disciples going from the Last Supper…

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John the Baptist

The sources of first-hand information concerning the life and work of John the Baptist are limited to the…

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Jeremiah’s Field in Anathoth

There is a little village almost 3 miles northeast of Jerusalem, with some 50 inhabitants today. Once it…

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History and Visions!

My Purpose here is to present to you two similar accounts, one a factual historical record, the other…

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Herod Who?

While many have read of Herod in the Bible, few of us are clear about who we are…

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Eliab’s Temper Tantrum

Eliab experienced night-mares for over a month, and the ‘boogeyman’ was near ten feet tall. The dreams were…

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Drusilla the Beautiful

Acts 24:24-25 “….when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and…

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Reuben and Gad – Choosing Between Good and Best

Even as the Tribes of Israel were poised to enter the Promised Land by crossing the Jordan River,…

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Caleb – One in a Million

Did you know that nearly 3 million people left Egypt to go to the Promised Land of Israel?…

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Death of a Loved One

Weeping at Lazarus Tomb  When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her…

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Athaliah of Jerusalem

Who was Queen Athaliah of Jerusalem? Our story begins with a godly King who set his heart to…

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Apollos – Integrity Tested in a Godly Man

Author Richard Exely said: “Adversity tests Character, but Success tests Integrity”. I studied for several years under Mrs.…

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Ahasuerus the King

Ezra 4:6 “And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they an accusation…

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Aaron’s Grandson

The tribes of Israel were encamped on the plain east of the Jordan river, in the scanty shade…

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Trapped Men Rescued

As the first of 33 miners trapped 2,300 feet underground in the collapsed mine in San Jose, Chile…

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The Secret of a Transformed Life

Eric Metaxes relates in his book, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to…

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Just One More Night

Exodus 8:9-10 “what time shall I entreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, that…

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Captives of Hope!

“Turn you to the stronghold, ye prisoners of hope: even to-day do I declare that I will render…

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Christian Worship Day in the New Testament

“Which day should Christians observe; the Sabbath or Sunday?” The questions still keep coming to my desk from…

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Who was Melchizedek?

“For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter…

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What Happened to John the Baptist’s Head?

John the Baptist was the son of a Priest, a Cohen. His father was Zachariah, so his proper…

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Two Scarlet Threads

The Midwife hurried across the village to the home of Judah. His daughter-in-law was now in labor, and…

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Two on the Road to Emmaus

There is uncertainty about the identity of the second traveler on the Emmaus road. These two disciples left…

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The Mother of Rufus

In the days of the early church, a heathen professor in Antioch, heard of Anthusa, a Godly woman,…

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The House of Abinadab and the Ark of God

The History of the Ark of God. God commanded Moses to make a box, or Ark, to house…

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The Finger of God!

The Colossus of Rhodes In Acts 21:1 we read the account of Paul the Apostle stopping at the…

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The Eunuch of Ethiopia

The land of Ethiopia was also called Cush. In Biblical times Ethiopia encompassed the territory of what we…

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Simon’s Son

Simon is a name that is found frequently in the annals of the Scripture. Several Simons are mentioned…

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Remember the Rechabites

Does God tell His Prophet to tempt men to violate their conscience? Here is a Prophet inviting men…

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Most Excellent Theophilus

Have you ever stopped to ask who Theophilus was? Let’s have a look and see what the Bible…

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Moses Wife the Ethiopian Woman

“Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he…

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Mary – The Other Mary

It is important to identify the known women at the Crucifixion, burial and Resurrection of Jesus, in order…

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Luke – The Doctor is In!

Physician There exists in the mind of many the idea that Doctors in the days of Jesus were…

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Judas not Iscariot

A Servant: JUDE, LEBBAEUS, THADDAEUS. Jude calls himself “servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James” An Apostle:…

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Joab – A Man King David Feared

The Bible records the great deeds of David, the Shepherd boy, who became King of Israel. He killed…

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Demetrius the Silversmith

“Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law…

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Benaiah Son of Jehoiada

What kind of a man would enter a slippery snowy pit with a lion trapped in there? Benaiah…

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Ahitophel The Wise Man who Committed Suicide

The Bible mentions this man in three places only, yet his life is intertwined with King David from…

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Ahijah the Shilonite

Ahijah – The Prophet of Shiloh There are nine people in the Bible named Ahijah. The first mentioned…

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Agag King of the Amalekites

The First Biblical Mention of the Amalekites. Gen 36:12 “And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau’s son; and…

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A Woman with a Past

The setting sun shone warmly on her back as she left the city, and headed for the nearby…

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Steps to Receive the Holy Spirit

Earlier, we ran an article about receiving the Holy Spirit. In this article, we want to tell you…

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Gehazi – A Powerless Prophet

Framing the Story: Elijah was a Prophet, like few in history. He called down fire from heaven on…

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