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Topic: Holy Spirit

Key Connections

Key Connections (July 20, 2018)

The Most Dangerous Place to Live: The Subtle Perils of the Past (Greg Morse, Desiring God) When former blessings decay present gratitude; when God gave that job, that boyfriend, that success — and life afterward is worse for it; when we have become tart creatures that begrudge the fall because we […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (February 9, 2018)

Why You Desperately Need the Holy Spirit (Jordan Standridge, The Cripplegate) So many of us, even those of us who go to “solid churches” where the Word is preached and our pastor faithfully seeks to craft sermons that will be an encouragement to our soul, desperately need to be asking the […]

change

Change of Plan: To Change Every Day

With January 1st behind us, we’re still thinking about our New Year resolutions. People bought shiny new planners hoping that this will finally be the year they are punctual and organized. Vows were made never to touch “x” product again, whether it be chocolate, coffee, cigarettes, or the like. Daily […]

A Lesson from Paul on Transformation

I’ve always enjoyed stories of rapid spiritual transformation, because they remind me that no one is beyond the gracious work of God. The Apostle Paul experienced a dramatic story of radical transformation. He was actively persecuting Christians until Jesus met him on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). Paul’s life […]

disappointment

10 Ways Disappointment Can Strengthen Your Faith

Disappointment exercises our faith. Like a good resistance band, it pushes back at us, putting on the pressure and testing our endurance. We can either succumb to its force or return the push. We can give way to what disappointment naturally produces—discontentment and doubt—or we can let it grow us. […]

The Fruit of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit or the Flesh?

I hope to be a gardener someday, with a patch of land filled with rich fruits and vegetables to feed my family and others—but at this moment I have little experience as a green thumb. However, the Holy Spirit is the Master Gardener. He makes our hearts grow to glorify […]

not under law but under grace

Not Under Law But Under Grace

“I don’t have to do that since I’m not under law but under grace.” Christians have often used this verse from Romans to justify many things, including refusal to tithe or offer money to the Lord, reluctance to pray or read the Bible, adultery and fornication, gluttony, and refusal to […]

walking by the Spirit

How Do You Know If You Are Walking by the Spirit?

Walk by the Spirit, Paul tells the believers in Galatians 5:16. Sure. Easier said than done. How do I know when my actions are Spirit-driven and when they are not? We human beings are quite capable of convincing ourselves that we’re living by the Spirit when we’re not even close to doing so. […]

sin

When Sin Doesn’t Wash Away So Easily

Have you ever wished that God would make it so you could never sin again? Maybe there is a sin in your life that you keep coming back to, and you feel like you will never break free from its tight grip. You know you are truly saved, but feel that […]

self-control

The Eternal Importance of Exercising Self-Control

I am a habitual nail-picker. If I’m nervous, I play with my nails. If I’m distracted, I play with my nails. Whether something occupies my attention, or I have nothing else to do, guess what? I play with my nails. By the end of all my fiddling, I’ve practically worn […]

the Power of God

Strengthened with All the Power of God

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1:11-13) One of my many part-time jobs in college was working […]

thinking

The Key to Thinking Differently

The human brain is arguably one of the most complex organisms that God has ever designed. Did you know: The human brain is composed of approximately 78% water, 10% lipids, 8% protein, 1% carbohydrates, 2% soluble organics, 1% inorganic salt? From the time of birth, a baby’s brain will grow […]

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Knowing When to Speak and When to Be Silent

Welcome to the new millennium, when we are provided constant opportunities online to voice our opinions and slay any opposition. But what happens when our beliefs and opinions are challenged? We prepare for defense, we prepare for verbal retaliation. And when we do this, we ultimately disregard Christ’s commandment to […]

Inside Out and the Peace of Christ

The Pixar movie Inside Out was recently released on DVD, and it’s a subject of conversation in our household. My eight-year-old says he didn’t understand it, my nine-year-old didn’t like it, and my five-year-old was scared by it. The eight-year-old had to leave the theater because he was so disturbed […]