The Holy Spirit

Sunday, October 21, 2018: The Tempter Still Flees from His Presence

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1) According to Henri Nouwen, “…the true quality of our spiritual life can only be recognized in our temptations.” If that’s the case, we must understand the nature of the spiritual life (i.e. our new life in Christ). Moreover, we must expect that we will be tempted and tried as we learn what it means to walk in the fullness of the spiritual blessings we’ve received in Jesus (see Eph. 1:3). If you’ll remember, I wrote about Christ’s baptism a (Read More)

October 17, 2018 // 1 Comment

Sunday, October 14, 2018: To God, You’re Not Just Another Face in the Crowd

“. . .you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God” (Galatians 4:9) The world is more connected than ever. Technological advancements have made constant connectedness possible. In mere seconds, you can email a co-worker, text a family member, or make a new “friend” from across the globe. However, we as a culture are realizing that people are lonelier than ever. There’s even a name for it now—”The Loneliness Epidemic.” Psychology Today reports that, in the past 50 years, the rates of people who feel lonely have skyrocketed. In a survey of (Read More)

October 10, 2018 // 1 Comment

Sunday, September 30, 2018: Two Life-Changing Blessings You’ve Received in Christ

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16–17) God’s nature was revealed at Christ’s baptism. Jesus rose up from the waters of the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and a Voice bellowed from heaven, referring to the baptized as His own beloved Son. What was once shrouded in divine mystery is made manifest; now, at (Read More)

September 26, 2018 // 1 Comment

Sunday, September 02, 2018: Coming to Church With a Sword to Your Neck

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12–13) How we approach God’s Word is the difference between growing and remaining stagnant in the Christian life. I doubt that anyone taking time to read this post has trouble affirming that the Bible plays a vital role in the life of a believer. Yet I (Read More)

August 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

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