Category Archives: The Holy Spirit

The New Testament, Prayer, & Jesus

The New Testament era officially began with the birth of Jesus. As God in the flesh, He ushered in a new age and revealed God more intimately than any Old Testament Jew could have ever imagined. The “one” Lord God … Continue reading

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Man’s Body

“The Spirit, The Soul, & The Body” series: (post #3) This will be the last post in our little three-part series on man’s spirit, soul, and body. This time we’ll deal with man’s body. I’ll grant you that the body is … Continue reading

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What to Do About Clouds

I miss Patrick Swayze. He was one of my favorite movie stars. I always liked watching him, no matter what part he was playing. Swayze and his wife Niemi were both pilots, and they enjoyed flying airplanes together. On one … Continue reading

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One is Enough

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. (1 Corinthians 12:7, N.L.T.) When a person is born, he or she comes wired with certain talents, skills, and natural abilities. Obviously, these must be … Continue reading

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A Walking Civil War

William Barclay wrote, “Every man is a walking civil war. Within him there is the tension, the division, the battle between right and wrong, between good and evil, between passion and reason, between the instincts and the will.” Truer words … Continue reading

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The Blessing of Changing a Sermon

On Sunday, July 1st, 2009, I had in mind to preach a sermon on prayer. Specifically, I planned to preach on the so-called “Lord’s Prayer.” But as I began to ease into my studying and preparing for that sermon, the … Continue reading

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My Body, A Temple

I’m well aware that 1 Timothy 4:8 says: “For bodily exercise profits little, but godliness is profitable for all things” (N.K.J.V.). I’m also well aware that overweight Christians love that verse because it seems to dismiss the need for exercise. The fact … Continue reading

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The Link Between Christ’s Resurrection and the Christian’s Repentance

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11, N.K.J.V.) … Continue reading

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“Lord, This Isn’t What I Requested”

Perhaps you’ve seen the following piece (or at least some version of it): I asked for strength — and God gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked for wisdom — and God gave me problems to solve. I … Continue reading

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Having Spiritual Discernment

1 John series: (post #12) This post marks the conclusion to our series from 1 John. As we have learned from the series, John uses his book to name at least ten identifying characteristics of authentic Christianity. In other words, … Continue reading

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