Gratitude That Delights God

gratitude

With the Thanksgiving holiday less than a week away, I wanted to spend a few minutes today on the subject of gratitude. We all know that gratitude, the expression of thanks, is a Biblical posture for every follower of Jesus. We read the Psalms of David and find expressions of thanksgiving on nearly every page. We read the historical accounts from scripture and find examples of people who took the time to offer their thanks to God. In the gospels and the other parts of the New Testament we find … [Read more...]

Holy Spirit Manifestation (Part 5)

In his letter to the church in Galatia, Paul provided some important insight with regard to the operation of the Holy Spirit in the church; specifically as it relates to the faith as opposed to the law. We must keep in mind that the context of Paul's letters relates to a time when the early church was struggling with the tension of spiritual liberty having been steeped in lifelong legalism. At times it must have seemed that this new freedom was a contradiction to the law they had obeyed for so … [Read more...]

Holy Spirit Manifestation – Part 3

We continue today looking at what the Bible says about the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Our focus will be on speaking in tongues since this is a prominent teaching in the New Testament and, therefore, should not be ignored if we are to take the scriptures as God's literal reference for the church in any age. There are, however, those who sincerely hold to a doctrine called Cessationism. Cessationists believe that the spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophecy and healing … [Read more...]

Holy Spirit Manifestation – Part 2

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And … [Read more...]

Holy Spirit Manifestation (Part 1)

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds … [Read more...]

Holy Spirit Baptism

Matthew 3:11 11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." I believe we all agree that God's presence, His Holy Spirit, is present in everyone who places their trust and faith in Jesus Christ for cleansing from sin. When we receive Christ into our lives we receive His Holy Spirit. But, as we talked about last week, the presence of the Holy Spirit … [Read more...]

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