'Holy Spirit' Tagged Posts

'Holy Spirit' Tagged Posts

“WHODUNIT?”

It’s terrible English grammar, of course, but a good crime novel or movie is often called a “Whodunit.”  We even spoof those corny old movie scenes where the detective assembles everyone in the parlor or the library of the mansion after a murder and announces:  “The murderer is someone in this room!”    And as the background music plays a few tense notes – all of them –  from the maid to the butler, from the millionaire playboy to the…

TIMELESS TRUTH

In the verses before us today, Jesus says:  “If you remain in My word, you are really My disciples.  You will also know the truth, and the truth will set you free”  (John 8:31-32 EHV).  This includes the truth of the Holy Trinity.  For a lot of folks the name Athanasius may not ring a bell.  But we Christians owe the man a great deal.    In the early centuries of the Church, a fellow named Arius, along with others,…

WHERE IS THIS WRITTEN?

From time to time, it is helpful to list some of the main teachings of the Bible along with some of the main passages where these teachings are found: The one, true God is the Triune God – one God in three PersonsDeuteronomy 6:4;  Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19;  2 Corinthians 13:15 The Scriptures are the verbally inspired and inerrant Word of GodJohn 10:35;  2 Timothy 3:15-17;  2 Peter 1:21 The Law shows us our sin and the Gospel shows us…

TRANSFIGURATION TRUTHS – A REVIEW

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 light.  Just then, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.”    There are several lessons in…

TURN OUR HEARTS, O LORD!

Calling to mind 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”  (Luke 1:17).  Where this does not happen, said the prophet Malachi, then there is nothing left but “complete destruction” for those unprepared for the coming of Christ (Malachi 4:6).  So just what does this mean?  By…

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

The central teaching of the Bible is that we are declared not guilty in God’s sight for the sake of Jesus our Substitute who lived, died and rose for us.  This “justification” of sinners is a done deal.  Paid in full. Finished. This gospel or good news of pardon is ours to personally enjoy when the Holy Spirit brings us to faith in Christ.   But something else happened when we were justified by faith, when we were born to a…

TIMELESS TRUTH

For a lot of folks the name Athanasius may not ring a bell.  But we Christians owe the man a great deal. In the early centuries of the Church, a fellow named Arius, along with others, introduced the false teaching that Christ was “like” God, but not “the same as” God, that is, one equal Being with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  Souls were confused and deceived. Into the midst of this controversy God placed “the father…

THE HOLY SPIRIT’S GIFT – THE HOLY BIBLE

How’s your memory of everything you said or heard last year?  Have you ever wondered how the evangelists and apostles could remember all the things God wanted them to remember as they wrote the New Testament Scriptures?  Jesus answers this in our Gospel lesson: “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I told you (John 14:26  EHV). The New Testament is not a collection…

“O THOU WHO CHANGEST NOT”

“I the Lord do not change,” says God on the pages of the prophet Malachi.   Many want God to change.  In fact, they demand that God change. The old saying goes:  When the word of God is preached, a person is either converted or he gets angry.  We see it on the pages of the Gospels. When Jesus spoke, He inspired either the deepest devotion or the hottest anger from those who listened. Many in the modern church think…

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 light.  Just then, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.”    There are several…

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 a hunger and thirst for the Scriptures.   It is true that the preacher must bring his very best effort…

“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 22-25).   Hired by Balak, king of Moab, to curse Israel on its march to…