The Holy Spirit or a Bad Piece of Beef?

Have you ever wondered how to know if something is from the Holy Spirit or something else? You feel something warm inside at a concert or revival meeting. Your church has a wave of emotions come over the congregation at a service. A person says they have a message from God for you. You feel a tug of the heart to stop and talk to a total stranger at the mall. Chances are, you have wondered about these or similar things before. We ask, “Is this the Holy Spirit? Is it my fragile mind, a guise of Satan, or a … Continue reading The Holy Spirit or a Bad Piece of Beef?

Resolutions, God’s Grace, and Jonathan Edwards

As the New Year is still underway, perhaps many are still sorting out what they want to work on this year (or, at least, until mid-February). For the most part, we list things like not eating as much, losing five pounds a month, reading more, praying more, or others. Those are good things, of course. And goals are, to be sure, very good to have. It’s easier said than done, but we need to remember that we need God’s grace through the Holy Spirit to do these things–to do anything. Simply mustering up motivation and esteem to lose weight might make … Continue reading Resolutions, God’s Grace, and Jonathan Edwards

This I Believe: The Power of the Holy Spirit

The Power of Holy Spirit I believe that this redemption is applied to believers by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ, regenerates spiritually dead sinners, convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and in him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus. By the Spirit’s activity, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God’s family. The Holy Spirit seals believers unto the day of final redemption and is the down payment for those who have received this promised inheritance. He indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers … Continue reading This I Believe: The Power of the Holy Spirit

This I Believe: The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit

God the Father I believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. I believe he infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that he concerns himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that he hears and answers prayer, and that he saves from sin and death all who come to him through Jesus Christ. Matt. 23:9; Luke 10:21, 22; John 3:16; 6:27; Rom. 1:7; 1 Tim. 1:1,2; 2:5,6; 1 Pet. 1:3; Rev. 1:6 Jesus Christ I believe in Jesus Christ, God the Father’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. … Continue reading This I Believe: The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit

Morning Prayer

Here is a prayer I wrote that I will start to pray each morning to remind myself of the gospel.  It is a prayer that I’m sure will change slightly over time and it is not meant as a “be all, end all” prayer. It is also not meant to produce “religious gibberish” that is merely repeated with the mouth and not meant in the heart.  It is meant as a template, if you will, so that my mind and heart get into the daily (hourly?) rhythm of confessing Christ as my sole righteousness. Please feel free to pass this … Continue reading Morning Prayer

Symphonies and the Trinity

The Trinity — the fact that God exists as three persons in one — is the most mysterious and glorious truth about God.  The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all the same in their deity, attributes, and being, yet different in their function, office, and purpose.  I love that our God is a Trinitarian God.  It illustrates unity and diversity functioning together in perfect union, harmony, peace, love, respect, and a thousand other things. In music, especially symphonies, we see a small reflection of this truth. I am not the musician in our house: Carly get’s that … Continue reading Symphonies and the Trinity