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...]

Living What We Believe

Philippians 1:27 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. The most difficult part of being a follower of Jesus is doing what we know to do. The knowing is important, otherwise we wouldn't have a standard for behavior; but the doing is the evidence that we believe what we know. That's why claiming to be a "Christian" can be empty and baseless. Anyone can make a claim. In fact, many do. But how we live is the evidence that we are followers of … [Read more...]

Biblical Perspective

I know we were all saddened by the news of the violence in Charlottesville, VA this past week. And I believe this is a good time to affirm that we, as followers of Jesus, do not condone or in any way excuse the actions of those who promote or act in such evil ways. So with that in mind, I want to remind you of some Biblical truths which can help us remain focused upon what is most important in such troubling circumstances. In the midst of all the mess we observe around us in the world, it's … [Read more...]

Living Light (not living lite)

Light is a fascinating subject. We are drawn to light because our eyes naturally respond to light stimulus. Light is energy and, as many people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder will attest, (Is it proper to even suggest someone has a disorder these days?) light has an emotional and physiological impact which gives us energy. Light overwhelms darkness, but never the other way around. When you flip a light switch off, you're not switching on darkness, your removing the source of … [Read more...]

Looking Back

Luke 9:57-62 57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go … [Read more...]

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