Are you fighting or respecting the authority of Jesus? authority jesus submission

A statement my family has often heard me make is that I believe “there’s a song for everything.”  When I say that, what I really mean is that there really isn’t a...

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Jesus will completely turn your life around christ's calling discipleship fishers of men jesus

When I’m preaching, I try my best to make good eye contact.  I have one friend who gets nervous if he has to look at the faces of those he’s speaking to, so he primarily looks over...

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Submitting to God's will and receiving His power baptism god's will holy spirit jesus john the baptist

The Gospel of Mark is one of the four gospels in the New Testament. It was written by Mark (also known as John Mark), who was a companion of the apostle Peter. The Gospel of Mark is believed to...

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How can we avoid grieving the Holy Spirit? comfort fruit of the spirit grieving holy spirit

How comfortable are you with the practice of grieving?

 That may sound like a strange question to ask, but I ask it because grief is one of the primary emotions I see many people avoid. ...

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We are not who we once were holy spirit identity spiritual growth

One of my favorite theological questions to ask doesn’t sound like a theological question at all, but I like to ask it because it reveals many things about a person’s mindset,...

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How does the Holy Spirit help us share our faith?

As believers in Jesus Christ who understand that this world needs to know about Him in order to trust Him and receive new life in His name, we feel an obligation to make the message of His...

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The grace to serve church leadership holy spirit pastors service

Last week, two of the men from our church attended four days of theological training that was led by seasoned pastors for the benefit of those who are exploring future ministry opportunities....

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Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit body holy spirit marriage sin

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.  “Food is meant for...

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What is the unforgivable sin? forgiveness holy spirit sin

For many of the years I have served as a pastor, I have had the privilege to work not only with adults but with students and teens of various ages.  Admittedly, there are some unique...

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How does the Holy Spirit comfort us? comfort holy spirit prayer

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither...

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What is the fruit of the Spirit? fruit of the spirit holy spirit

One of the blessings we receive through coming to know Jesus is the blessing of a new life.  In Him, we are made a new creation.  We’re given a new nature.  We’re even...

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How can we be "filled" with the Spirit? filling of the spirit holy spirit prayer

A persistent and recurring injury that I’ve experienced multiple times over the course of my adult life is the severe spraining of my right ankle. Each time I’ve sprained it, it...

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