The Holy Spirit

Sunday, June 17, 2018: Getting to the Heart of What Church is All About

“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh…” (2 Corinthians 5:14–16a) When we truly experience God’s love, we are transformed into willing servants. Jesus frees us to love and serve others rather than regarding them according to the flesh. That’s what defined the apostle Paul’s life. (Read More)

June 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sunday, October 01, 2017: Are You Compelled to Pray?

The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. (Acts 10:9) People who are fully devoted to Jesus know that His Kingdom advances through the work of believing prayer. Acts 10 demonstrates this reality. As Peter was praying on a rooftop in the city of Joppa, little did he know that a Roman centurion named Cornelius had already been seeking God in Caesarea (v. 2-3). As a result, God set in motion the events which led to the Holy Spirit being poured out on the Gentiles just as He had among the Jews on the Day of (Read More)

September 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, August 13, 2017: Where You Sit in Church Matters More Than You Think

And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” (Acts 8:29) Have you ever heard of a dude named Gavrilo Princip? If you’re a history nerd, you probably have. But otherwise it’s unlikely. Princip made a decision on June 28, 1914 to fire the bullets that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophia. That decision set in motion the chain of events that led to World War I. Think about that. A politically-motivated snap decision made by a nobody a long time ago in a faraway country kickstarted what many credible historians have argued is the most (Read More)

August 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 28, 2017: What We Gain When We Repent

“Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15) How Do You Come to Church? It’s all too easy for us to come to church without paying any mind to the true condition of our hearts. Think about it, how often do we show up to a worship gathering only to go through the motions and leave without being truly impacted by God’s presence, His Word, and the witness of His people? Too often we walk into church with sin festering in our hearts, and then walk out in the exact same state. Which reminds me of what A.W. Tozer once said, “It is our wretched habit of tolerating (Read More)

May 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 21, 2017: What Are You Bringing to Church This Sunday?

For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. (Romans 1:11-12) It’s Sunday morning and you’re getting ready to head out the door for church. What do you bring? Think about it, what’s on your “mental checklist” of stuff you need? Probably your phone and car keys. Hopefully your Bible. Maybe you need a quick, on-the-go breakfast so you reach for that trusty protein bar. Oh, and don’t forget your kids. No matter what the (Read More)

May 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, February 26, 2017: What The Holy Spirit Can Do through Our Seven Days Of Prayer

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:31-33) A Simple But Pointed Question Do you pray? This simple but pointed question was once (Read More)

February 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, February 19, 2017: Grasping The Limitless Dimensions Of God’s Love through Prayer

…that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17b-19) Clearly Marked Paths Many saints of past generations have experienced the sheer power of God’s love in ways that you and I have yet to comprehend. For instance, it is said of pastor and evangelist R.A. Torrey (1856-1928) that one day, while he was praying and reading Scripture, he was so overtaken by a (Read More)

February 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, February 12, 2017: Experiencing The Power Of The Triune God through Prayer

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” (Ephesians 3:14-17) Getting The House in Order A year and a half ago, my wife and I signed the mortgage on our house. It was very exciting because it meant we were now owners of a wonderful new home. But at the same time, we also knew that there was a considerable amount of work to be done to the (Read More)

February 8, 2017 // 1 Comment

Sunday, January 29, 2017: Some Reflections on The Holy Spirit…And A New Hymn, Too

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up… (Acts 1:1-2a) Born Two Thousand Years Too Late? Earlier on in my Christian life, I secretly felt like I had been born two thousand years too late. It seemed like I could have been a better Christian if I’d have lived during the earthly ministry of Christ. I guess I just assumed it would be easier to live faithfully for Jesus if I could only walk and talk with Him before He left earth. After all, the most life-giving relationships are those which are (Read More)

January 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sunday, January 15, 2017: How Exactly Does Gathered Worship Impact Your Daily Life?

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may . . . [be] filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11) The Good (And The Bad) of Muscle Memory Most of us know what it’s like to be in the infancy stages of developing a new skill or habit. When you first pick up that guitar or start that new workout regimen, it feels awkward, clunky, and unnatural. But ideally, when a person routinely practices an activity over a prolonged period of time, he (Read More)

January 11, 2017 // 0 Comments