'Holy Spirit' Tagged Posts

'Holy Spirit' Tagged Posts

LESSONS FROM THE TRANSFIGURATION

On this Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, the Church has always tipped its hat to the account of Christ’s transfiguration.   The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain by themselves.  “There he was transfigured in front of them. His face was shining like the sun. His clothing became as white as the…

BACK TO THE BIBLE

The 17th chapter of Acts says:  “Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians. They received the word very eagerly and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11  EHV). The Bereans were different, “more noble-minded,”  not by nature, but as believers in the coming Savior, God the Holy Spirit has given them…

“THE BALAAM SYNDROME”

As the calendar year winds down and Advent ushers in a new church year, our thoughts focus on the future.  The Scriptures clearly tell us what awaits those who trust in Jesus and those who don’t. When it comes to the future, one writer describes what he calls “the Balaam syndrome.” You can read about the sorcerer, Balaam, in the Old Testament book of Numbers (chapters…

“TURN OUR HEARTS, O LORD!”

Echoing the prophecy of Malachi, the angel Gabriel tells old Zechariah that his son, John the Baptist, will go before the Savior “to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, to turn the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to prepare a people who are ready for the Lord” (Luke 1:17 EHV).  Where this does not happen, said the prophet Malachi, then there is…

NEVER GIVE UP!

The famous piano player, Paderewski, surely had some natural gifts.  But he also would have understood Thomas Edison’s old line that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. As a boy, Paderewski sat at the piano for three hours every morning and three hours every evening.  Throughout his brilliant career, he kept up a rigorous schedule of daily practice. It was said…