Articles by Dr. Gary Linton
- 12 Scriptures on Being Faithful to God
God is not looking for perfect people, He is simply searching for those who will be devoted to Him.
- 13 Scriptures on Friendship
The friends we choose can change our lives forever. If we choose the wrong type of friend, they can cause irreparable damage.
- 20 Scriptures on Deliverance
Are you facing what seems to be insurmountable opposition and attacks from the enemy? God is about to bring deliverance into your life and situation.
- A Biblical Analysis of the Twelve Steps
A Biblical analysis of the twelve-step recovery program, highlighting both the truth and error of each step compared to scripture.
- A Call to Discipleship
Discipleship is conformity to Christ and the process of training a believer to carry on the work of Jesus.
- A Child is Born and a Son is Given
Isaiah 9:6 deals with Jesus’ birth, Him being given up for our sins, and His future reign as Kings of Kings.
- A Christian’s Responsibilities Under the New Covenant
The old covenant was between God and man – Man failed to live up to his side. The new covenant is between the Father and the Son – Both lived up to it. Does man have any responsibilities under this covenant?
- A Christmas Announcement
Matthew 1:23 is a prophecy of the coming of Christ and an announcement the first Christmas.
- A Church’s Responsibility to Its Pastor
The church has a responsibility to its pastor. Churches often lose great pastors because they minister without ever feeling appreciated.
- A Church’s Responsibility to Visiting Ministries
This visiting ministry guide is directed toward the church’s responsibility to preachers, evangelists and musicians who come into the church to minister.
- A Pastor’s Responsibility to the Church
The privilege and responsibility God gives pastors is to shepherd those who belong to Him. It’s a great honor, and also a heavy burden. It’s incumbent on us to take our calling seriously.
- A Place Called Heaven and A Place Called Hell
There is a place called heaven and a place called hell. Everyone will spend eternity in one or the other.
- Apologetics: An Introduction
Denying the inerrancy of scripture is the first step in theological liberalism. Once we begin doubting the infallibility of the Bible, it’s a slippery slope. We are to contend earnestly for the faith.
- Are You a Preacher or a Pastor?
Many churches have great preachers, but much more is involved with the pastor’s job than just preaching. The Sunday sermon only highlights what a pastor does.
- Are You a Victor or a Victim?
It’s not God’s design for people to become victims of the things that happen to them. He wants to take us to higher ground.
- Are You Being Led by the Holy Spirit?
Being led by the Holy Spirit is a major characteristic of the believer and a integral part of Christian living. The Holy Spirit teaches guides us according to God’s plan and purpose.
- Arguments for the Existence of God
This study was written to enlighten genuine seekers, strengthen the faith of those who believe, enrich the knowledge of God, and provide ammunition to soldiers of the cross.
- Asserting Your Authority
If anything is going to be accomplished in the natural or spiritual realms, you must assert your God-given authority.
- Attributes of God: Essence and Substance
It’s difficult for a finite mind to comprehend an infinite God. Trying to understand God with a finite mind is like trying to put the Atlantic ocean in glass.
- Attributes of God: Moral Attributes
In this study we will be dealing with God’s moral attributes. His holiness, righteousness, goodness, mercy, grace, and faithfulness.
- Attributes of God: Non-Moral Attributes
The attributes of God are the inherent characteristics closely associated with God. In this study Dr. Linton will be discussing God’s non-moral attributes.
- Authenticity of Scripture: Evidentiary Support
How do we know the Bible is authentic? We don’t have to take a blind leap of faith to believe the Bible is the Word of God.
- Authority of the Believer
God has given the church authority and victory in both the natural and spiritual realms where He is head over all things. It’s high time we exercise our authority.
- Beginners Guide to Church Planting
Planting a church is one of the most rewarding things you can do to advance the kingdom, but it can also be very challenging.
- Benefits of the Blood of Jesus
The purpose of Jesus’ incarnation was to shed His blood for the sins of the world. Without the shedding of His blood there can be no remission of sins.
- Benefits of the Word of God
The Bible is a living instruction book that brings blessing and hope to all who read it.
- Benefits of Trials and Suffering
Suffering is a very real issue in the body of Christ. It’s something that affects everyone in one way or another.
- Bible Commentaries and Reference Guides
Building a library of Bible commentary and reference guides will help you gain a deeper understanding of scripture, strengthen your faith, and expand your ability to create a powerful sermon or message.
- Biblical Counselors: Characteristics and Methods
Biblical counselors tell people what God says concerning their situation in order to help them with the problems of life.
- Biblical Versus Psychological Counseling
Although Biblical and secular counseling have common elements, there are vast differences between them. One is completely worldly, while the other rests on the principles of God’s Word.
- Bitter Root Expectancy
When negative things happen again and again, we start to expect the worse. This bitter root within us not only affects us, but those around us.
- Breaking Generational Curses: 7 Places Jesus Bled
Is it possible to have a curse on your life, a business, ministry, or family? Can a curse pass on to succeeding generations?
- Building Faith in Prayer
Faith is essential to having an effective prayer life. Unbelief is a hindrance to prayer, while faith promotes powerful praying.
- Can a Woman be a Pastor?
Should women be in ministry? Regardless of what you think about women in ministry, many are being used of God to affect people’s lives for His glory.
- Chosen By God
God sought after us, not us after Him. It was only by His will that we are living for Him today.
- Differences Between the Old and New Covenants
The Old Covenant was between a holy God and sinful man. The New Covenant is between the Father and the Son, leaving man out of the equation.
- Does the Holy Spirit Ever Leave Us?
Is there a point in which God’s Spirit ceases to deal with man? Does the Holy Spirit ever stop working in our life and leave us to our own devices?
- Encompassed About
In all situations of life, God promises to encompass us with His presence, power, and protection.
- Evangelism Through Small Groups
Small group evangelism is a great way for pastors and church leaders to integrate community outreach into their congregation.
- Existence of God: Assumed in Scripture
The Bible assumes the existence of God without attempting to prove it. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God.” God is simply there! The Bible is God’s letter to us revealing Himself to us.
- Facts About Tithing
The house of God is neglected when the ones He has called cannot devote all their time to the ministry. The tithe is what God designated to provide for His house.
- Falling Short of the Grace of God
If God’s grace is not earned, is it possible to fall short of it? Can we be saved but in a place where God’s favor isn’t upon us?
- Feeding of the 5,000
Day-to-day ministry may not be as exciting as a special event or crusade but it’s very necessary. The local church is a lot of work, but very necessary.
- Financial Grace
Financial breakthrough is coming your way. God wants His people to experience prosperity even in hard times.
- Foot Washing in the Bible
Should foot washings be practiced by the church today? The account of foot washing is given in John 13:1-17 and was an example Jesus set for us to follow.
- God is Able
Do you believe God can do anything? There are six accounts in the Bible where God declared that nothing is too difficult for Him.
- God’s Plan for Victory
Victory was God’s original plan for mankind, but it was forfeited through the fall, and is restored through the cross.
- Grace for Every Need
Grace is defined as the unmerited or undeserved favor of God. While mercy is not giving us what we deserve, grace is giving us what we don’t deserve – grace for every need.
- Guidelines to Fasting and Prayer
Fasting is the act of willingly abstaining from food, drink, or other things. Fasting should not be ritualistic and should be directed toward a specific purpose.
- Guidelines to Proper Interpretation of Scripture
Biblical exegesis is a systematic process by which a person arrives at a reasonable and coherent sense of a biblical passage.
- He is Risen: The Transforming Power of the Resurrection
The resurrection of Christ brings renewed hope to all who place their trust in Him.
- Hindrances to Prayer
To have an effective prayer life we must remove all hindrances to our prayers. If our prayer life isn’t fruitful we must find the root cause and reverse it.
- How to Be Faithful to God
God is not looking for perfection or people who seem to have it all together. He is simply searching for those who will be committed and faithful.
- How to Grow a Small Church
Growing a small church can be a tremendous challenge, but there are proven ways to take your ministry to the next level. It’s God’s will that our churches grow.
- How to Lead Someone to Jesus Christ
The Bible makes it clear that every person must have an experience with Jesus through the Holy Spirit to be saved from hell and go to heaven.
- How to Motivate Your Congregation
God wants all believers to be involved in their local congregation. How can pastors motivate members to be more fruitful and productive?
- How to Pray in the Spirit
Praying in the Spirit has always been a topic of controversy. However, we need the Holy Spirit’s divine aid to know how to pray and what to pray for.
- How to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers today? Is speaking in tongues the initial evidence of the Spirit’s baptism? Can believers receive this experience today?
- How to Resist Sin and Temptation
When we succumb to sin, we are in danger of becoming its slave. Like fish going after a shiny lure, if we take the bait, death ensues. God’s design is victory!
- How to Study the Bible
One of the best ways to study the Bible is by using the inductive method.
- How to Study the Book of Revelation
Many Christians find it hard to study the book of Revelation, while others believe it is impossible to interpret.
- If You Could Ask God for Anything
If you could ask God for anything, what would it be? When asked such a question, the first thing that enters our minds reveals our priorities.
- Impacting the World
We will never be able to make a real impact on our society through legislation and programs alone. Things done in the flesh are doomed to failure.
- Itinerant Ministry Guide for Churches
Whether you have a music, teaching or preaching ministry, Evangleist or Revivalist there are ethical guidelines that must be considered when ministering in another person’s church.
- James 1-5 – An Overview
This is an overview of the book of James paying special attention to all the portions of scripture where James addresses them as my brethren or brethren.
- James 1:1 – The Lord’s Servant
A verse by verse study of the book of James, beginning with an in-depth look at James 1:1. To receive the full content watch the video teaching.
- James 1:12 – The Crown of Life
There are five crowns mentioned in scripture given as reward at the Judgement Seat of Christ. All five crown are covered in this teaching.
- James 1:13-15 – The Battle Within
In James 1:13-15, James deals with temptation. Where does temptation come from? What is the origin of evil?
- James 1:16 – Do Not Be Deceived
There is a deception over the world today like at no other time. We must take every precaution to not be deceived.
- James 1:17 – The Goodness of God
James tells us all that is good is from above. We serve a God who is pure, unadulterated goodness.
- James 1:18 – Born of God
The Bible makes it clear that God sought after us, not us after Him. It was of His own will that we are living for Him today.
- James 1:19-21 – Swift to Hear
James challenges us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. We should spend spend twice as much time listening as we do speaking.
- James 1:2-4 – Count it All Joy
The Bible admonishes us to consider it all joy when we experience trials, knowing that God will ultimately work it out for our good.
- James 1:22-25 – Doers of the Word
Do we put into practice what we hear from God’s Word? We should be doers of the Word, not hearers only.
- James 1:26-27 – Pure Religion
What is pure religion? True Christianity is about having a relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- James 1:5-8 – If You Lack Wisdom
If we lack wisdom, James tells us to ask God and He will give us all we need to deal with the circumstances of life.
- James 1:9-11 – Reason for Rejoicing
Rich and poor, affluent and impoverished, influential and insignificant – all have reason for rejoicing in the kingdom of God.
- James 2:1-9 – Respect of Persons
In our passage James is dealing with showing partiality of persons. He equates partiality with evil thoughts and calls it sin.
- James 2:10-13 – The Law of Liberty
If we keep the law but offend in only one point, we become transgressors of the law. Our speech and actions will be judged based on how we show mercy to others.
- James 2:14-26 – Faith Without Works
James is dealing with faith that is not followed by works. We are not saved by the works, but works should follow faith.
- James 3:1-2 – A Word to Teachers
Being a teacher carries with it a grave responsibility. We must make sure we are called by God to teach His Word.
- James 3:13-18 – Wisdom From Above
James contrasts heavenly wisdom with what is earthly, sensual, and devilish. It takes heavenly wisdom to deal with the problems and situations of life.
- James 3:2-12 – The Unbridled Tongue
If we could master our speech, it would revolutionize the church and the world.
- James 4:1-17 – Wars and Fightings Among You
James deals with wars, fighting, and strife among God’s people. The context of this message deals with both the cause and the cure.
- James 5:1-6 – A Word to the Rich
James isn’t condemning riches but they must be put into proper perspective. The love of money is the root of all evil, not money itself.
- James 5:7-8 – The Coming of the Lord
James is encouraging us to remain steadfast and look expectantly for the the coming of the Lord.
- Jesus’ Pattern of Prayer
Every Christian should desire to be more like Jesus. One of the most effective ways to be more like Him is to pray like He did.
- Keys to an Abundant Life
God’s plan for us is to experience abundant life. If we are going to have abundance in life we have to be determined to never give up.
- Keys to Effective Praying
What are the secrets to an effective prayer life? The goal of prayer is to see God’s will implemented in the affairs of men.
- Lack of Conviction in a Christian’s Life
There are six basic definitions or categories that sin falls under. As born again children of God, we should feel deep conviction when we transgress any of these areas.
- Leviticus 14:1-6: The Cleansing of Leprosy
This passage is in reference to the cleansing of a leper. Leprosy is symbolic and is a type of sin and therefore symbolizes Jesus’ blood cleansing sinners of their sin.
- Making Room for Jesus
Will you provide a place for Jesus in your heart and life this Christmas season?
- New Year Expectations
Expectation is everything! We receive what we expect and beyond. Let’s expect the Lord to do great things for us and our ministries in the coming new year!
- Opposing Views to the Existence of God
America was founded on Biblical principles. In recent time we’ve seen a growing opposition to the things of God. Here we will be studying the two most dominant views opposing God’s existence.
- Pastoral Prisons
Pastors must deal with many types of prisons ranging from ones that hinder to ones that are positive.
- Persistence in Prayer
Persistent prayer is praying until you have the answer or request you are seeking from God. It is continuing to pray until you feel a release in your spirit that He is intervening on your behalf.
- Personal Prayer Guide
Developed over a period of 40 years, here is an outline (with scriptures) of my daily prayer time.
- Positioning Yourself to Hear the Voice of God
Throughout history God spoke to His people, and He is still speaking today. We must simply tune into His voice.
- Prayerlessness a Sin
When we fail to pray for people, even those in rebellion, we sin against the Lord. Prayerlessness is sin.
- Praying in the Will of God
We must discover the will of God and pray accordingly. Unfortunately, many Christians pray for things that are in direct opposition to God’s will.
- Praying Through
In 2 Chronicles 7:1-3, at the dedication of the temple Solomon prayed until God released him.
- Prosperous Pastoring
God wants you be prosperous in your ministry. This is God’s will and design for all His people, but especially pastors.
- Questions About Speaking in Tongues
Questions and answers regarding speaking in tongues and being baptized (filled) with the Holy Spirit.
- Requirements to Benefit from the Word of God
There are specific requirements or prerequisites that must be implemented to receive the full benefit from the Word of God.
- Running the Race
We must run the race God has set before us with endurance and perseverance. Participants in a race encounter roadblocks, diversions and fatigue, the Christian life is no exception. We must keep pressing on.
- Sample Church Bylaws
The first documents a new church needs to develop are its constitution, bylaws and statement of faith.
- Sample Marriage Ceremony
This sample marriage ceremony is a combination of meaningful scriptures mixed with traditional wedding vows.
- Scriptures on the Faithfulness of God
God’s faithfulness is displayed throughout the Bible and is still testified to by people today.
- Should Christians Keep the Sabbath?
The sabbath was set apart by God to give people a day to rest from their labors. They turned it into legalism which bound Christians instead of giving them rest.
- Signs of Jesus’ Return
We can’t know exactly when Jesus will return, but we can tell when the time is near.
- Sources of Joy
If God’s desire is to fill His people with joy, why does joy elude us? How can we tap into the joy of the Lord?
- Spiritual Inclusiveness
Jesus paid the price that all might be included into His kingdom and family. It’s all-inclusive.
- Spiritual Warfare: Binding the Strong Man in Prayer
To accomplish anything in the natural or spiritual realm, we must engage in spiritual warfare. It’s time God’s people wage war against the enemy of the souls of mankind.
- Taking the Land
Taking the land not only refers to Israel entering the promise land, but believers entering into all God has for them.
- Taking the Land: The Next Generation
God is raising up a new generation of spiritual warriors who will far surpass all that their predecessors accomplished.
- The “I Ams” of Jesus Christ
Jesus wants to be more than an historical figure. He desires to be personally meaningful to us.
- The Advice of a Mother
In John 2, Mary gives a bit of advice to servants at a wedding feast. Can you imagine the miracles that would take place if we would heed her advice?
- The Blessed Hope of the Christian
Hope is a necessity of life, and the enemy of our souls attempts to drain every ounce of it from us that he can.
- The Canonicity of the Bible
The canon is a list of books included in the Bible officially accepted as inspired of God.
- The Deity of Jesus Christ
Jesus was and is more than a great teacher, prophet or priest – He is the living Son of God, God incarnate, God Almighty! If He is not God we have the wrong Jesus.
- The Fivefold Ministry
The fivefold ministry is more than those gifted by God, but are themselves gifts to the body of Christ.
- The Fivefold Ministry of the Holy Spirit
There are two extremes regarding the ministry of the Holy Spirit. One over emphasizes manifestations, while the other denies their existence.
- The Four Beasts of Revelation
What are the four beasts or living creatures in Revelation? Are they cherubims or seraphims or an entirely different type of heavenly being?
- The Hope of Easter: Resurrection Sunday
The resurrection of Christ, as it did for the disciples, brings fresh hope into our life and situation.
- The Lord’s Prayer
Prayer should be the heartbeat of the Christian life, and the Lord’s prayer is a perfect example of how we should pray.
- The Names of God
Those who know His name, God promises to deliver, set us securely on high, answer when we call, be with us in trouble, protect, rescue, honor, satisfy and save us.
- The Trinity: Illustrations and Examples
Below are several scriptural and non-scriptural illustrations and examples of the Trinity. No illustration is perfect, but they help us understand who God is.
- The Trinity: One God, Three Persons
There is only one God. This fact is made clear throughout scripture. However, there are three persons eternally existent in the one God.
- The Trinity: The Unity and Oneness of God
It is extremely important that we be well equipped and versed in what we believe concerning the trinity.
- The Truth About Water Baptism
What is the significance of water baptism? How are we to baptize? Is sprinkling or pouring sufficient or is immersion required?
- The Worship of God
What is the purpose of praise and worship? The worship of God should be the primary focus of every Christian.
- Theories of Inspiration of Scripture
The Bible is the most unique literary work in all of history, containing the very revelation of God. In this study, we will explore the various views of inspiration and to what degree inspiration permeates its pages.
- Tips to Effective Preaching
The Bible is full of examples of effective preaching. In Acts 2:14-38 and Acts 3:12-26, Peter ministered in such a way that thousands were saved.
- True Spirituality
The Pharisees seemed spiritual but Jesus called them hypocrites. How can we tell who is truly spiritual?
- Twelve Steps Versus the Church
The twelve-step recovery program is one of the primary tools the world uses to help people overcome addictions. Should the church use the same system?
- Understanding the Call of God
Being in the ministry can be full a joy. It can also be difficult at times. Only those called of God will survive. Are you sure you are called into the ministry?
- What the Bible Says About Mediums, Spiritists, and Psychics
When we seek guidance from mediums, spiritists, or psychics we are trusting in the spirits they are consulting instead of God.
- Whatever Happened to the Praying Church?
Prayer is one of the most untapped resources of the church today. Whatever happened to the prayer meetings of yesteryear?
- When God Says No
There are many scriptures about God answering prayer. When God says no to our requests, He always has our good in view.
- When Will the Rapture Happen?
When Jesus returns for us is not nearly as important as the fact He will return.
- Where is God in Our Pain?
There are times when God seems to withdraw from us. Because of our emotions, we usually don’t feel the presence of God during a crisis.
- Why Christians Don’t Pray
The average Christian spends less than ten minutes each day in prayer. Why don’t we spend more time in prayer?