Tag Archives: the Holy Spirit

The Gift of Tongues; April 13, 2021


Acts 2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. This was a watershed moment in human history, not to mention the history of the Church. (Actually, … Continue reading

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The Baptism in the Holy Spirit; April 11, 2021


Acts 1:4-5 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, … Continue reading

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Confirmation Bias; April 4, 2021


Luke 24:11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. What a very human, common thing! We fail to receive valid information because it fails to meet our preconceptions. The flip side of … Continue reading

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False Witness; March 31, 2021


Matthew 26:60-61 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’” I was … Continue reading

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Loving God; March 5, 2021


Matthew 24:12-13 “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” The Japanese here goes with the more traditional, “the love of many,” but I … Continue reading

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God’s Revelation; February 21, 2021


Joel 2:28-29 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I … Continue reading

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The Word of God; February 7, 2021


Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers and the flowers fall,but the word of our God stands forever.” There are many angles to this seemingly simple statement. Isaiah has just been talking about the fleeting existence of grass and flowers as a … Continue reading

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Absolute Honesty; January 17, 2021


Leviticus 19:11-12 “‘Do not steal. “‘Do not lie. “‘Do not deceive one another. “‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.’” Much of Leviticus is detailed rules of all … Continue reading

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The Invitation; January 12, 2021


Revelation 22:17  The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. I know I’ve written … Continue reading

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Putting on Christ; November 25, 2020


Galatians 3:26-27 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is so much meaning in these verses, and the two that follow, … Continue reading

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