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May 20th, 2018

Searching for the Spirit — Spirit of Truth is our Helper

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spirit of truth and lightSpirit of Truth

God’s Spirit loves the truth. And, it is this Spirit of the Truth that is given to all those who love God and keep his commandments. How do we know this? Jesus in talking to his disciples before he died, reassured them that they would not be alone. He promised them that they would not be left as orphans. Why? Because Jesus’ Father would send them the Spirit to comfort them. The Spirit of Truth would be their helper, their advocate, before the Father. So they could walk with God. And the disciples needed to know this, as their world was about to be turned upside-down. They were about to be witnesses to the truth of the resurrection. And, it would be the truth, even if no one else would believe it.

Is God’s spirit of truth convicting us of the truth, as it did the disciples almost 2000 years ago? More

May 19th, 2018

Searching for the Spirit 4 — Living Waters

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The Spirit “Poured out”

God’s spirit of wisdom is personified in the Proverbs as a woman of dignity and honour. “Wisdom” is concerned about the health and happiness of her people. She raises her voice and implores her people to transform their lives by listening to God’s instructions. She envisions the future time when God’s Spirit will be poured out on the remnant of the people that would listen to God’s call to repentance and transformation. Are we hearing the Spirit of Wisdom and Truth and walking with the Spirit at our side? More

May 19th, 2018

Searching for the Holy Spirit 3 — Sharing Spiritual Resources

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sharing spiritual resourcesThe Power of the Spirit

We have seen in Genesis that the Spirit is not a person of a “trinity,” but the power of God – God’s spiritual resources. It was by His Spirit that God created the universe and brought light into the world. The scripture explains that the Spirit is the power that gives us the desire to do what is right. It helps us discern between good and evil. And, it guides us along God’s path and gives us the wisdom to do God’s will. In the future, God will judge the world by his Spirit of truth. Do you have God’s spiritual resources? More

May 6th, 2018

Searching for the Spirit 2— Power of God’s Spirit…

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Power of God’s Spirit

Power of God's SpiritGod’s Creative Force

The power of God’s spirit is first seen in the story of creation. The raw materials of the universe were formed by the spirit from “nothing.” This matter was like a wasteland, void and empty. So God sent his spirit and began the transformation. The spirit hovered over the water, lovingly moving over it as a bird brooding over its young. Then by his spirit, God willed the light into existence. God’s spirit was the projection of his will and power into the physical universe. By his spirit the Creator formed the universe, and renewed the earth for his children. So how does God’s spirit work in the lives of his people? More

April 28th, 2018

Searching for the Spirit

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spirit of God Holy SpiritThe Great Debate

It takes real detective work when searching for the Spirit of God. Often those who have rejected the “orthodox” belief about the spirit are considered illiterate at best, and heretics at worst. But, we must not base our understanding on tradition or hearsay. The real test is, “What do the scriptures say?” And, according to the apostle Paul,  “All scripture was “breathed-out” by God. Peter adds to our understanding of how this was done. He confirmed that it was the spirit that led the prophets to speak and write God’s words. So, it is these words that inform, train, correct, and discipline those who are now being led by the spirit.

Why is Searching for the Spirit so Vital?

The apostle John, writing at the end of the first century, emphasized the critical importance of the spirit. He affirmed that you could not enter God’s Kingdom unless you were ‘born of the spirit.’ John insisted that spiritual life could only come from the spirit of God. Those who were born of the spirit would be like the wind. Interestingly, the Hebrew for ‘spirit’ — ruach — also can mean wind or breath. It is a feminine noun in the Hebrew, and its Greek counterpart pneuma is a neutral noun? But these seemingly trivial parts of scripture do have significance in translation.

The Spirit is Never a “HIM”

When you read John’s account of the spirit’s work, many translations render the ‘spirit’ as HIM. This is a deliberate mistranslation! And, it has led to a set of false doctrines. Sometimes, it is in understanding the detail, the proverbial ‘jot and tittle’ that we see the big picture. In order to be faithful to the Greek text we come to understand that the spirit (it) dwells with you. And, it shall be in you. The spirit (it) cannot be seen by the world. It is the spirit of truth — the kind of truth that frees us. How? By removing the shackles of false doctrine and ideas. Why? In order that our eyes would be opened to reality. That we may live daily according to the truth of God’s word and do God’s will. Are you searching for the spirit? Is that spirit dwelling in you?

Do you want to learn more about God’s nature:
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April 21st, 2018

Fellowship in the Gospel

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Fellowship in the Gospel

koinonia - fellowship - partners with GodAll Things in Common

Can you imagine the excitement, the conviction, and the enthusiasm of those who were called of God in Jerusalem? They had heard Peter preach and had been baptized, then received God’s spirit. People from all over the known world had come to Jerusalem for the Holy Day season. And an amazing group of 3,000 people had been baptized. The local believers devoted themselves to the “fellowship of the gospel.” They opened their homes and sold their possessions to provide for the needs of all those God had called into the fellowship. Daily they met together, praying, eating, and sharing their lodgings. Do we in our world, have the same type of understanding when it comes to “fellowship” – koinonia?

Fellowship in the Gospel Community

The zeal for the gospel felt by these early believers was grounded in the concept of “koinonia.” They understood that they had a partnership in the community. But they also were given an opportunity to make a contribution. It was natural for them to understand their position as one of a stakeholder in their community. And, they were willing to make sacrifices. Sacrifices that would express their love, affection, and compassion for those in the fellowship. Why? Because they were an “association” that was knit together in the spirit. And, God’s love  empowered them to preach the good news.

Fellowship in the Family of God

The apostle Paul understood the greek concept of “koinonia.” It was an enterprise or partnership with family ties. Paul made it clear that Jews and Gentiles were united in God’s family — his clan. As God’s family they had a new identity in a new fellowship. With their common faith uniting them, they were able to transcend traditional social, ethnic boundaries. As one family they could provide mutual support and partake in Christ’s mission. Because of this fellowship individuals were able to escape the crushing burdens of pagan society. And they could also receive support – both physical and spiritual. As a result of  community they could begin to have a positive impact on those around them. Their fellowship in the gospel could offer spiritual light in the gloom of a decadent society. What about our fellowship? Do we have some things to learn from those early believers and their fellowship in the gospel?

What is the Gospel?
Learn more here: Gospel of the Kingdom

April 8th, 2018

Living with Integrity – There are Consequences

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living with integrityThere are Consequences

From Genesis to Revelation there is a powerful theme of “reaping what we have sown.” David reflected in the Psalms on God’s faithfulness to the faithful, and his abasement of the proud. Mathew wrote of the Son of Man coming to reward everyone according to their works. And John reiterated this theme in the last chapters of Revelation. There will be a time of judgment when we will receive “payment” for what we have done — good or bad. But, we can take hope in the knowledge that God is “tamim” to those who are “tamim.” What does this mean? More