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    Breathe on Me, Breath of God: Meditations on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit  A Person We Need to Know Part 2

    This week we continue our discussion on the Holy Spirit. You may recall that last week we addressed the Spirit as a person who says “me” and “I.” He speaks, sets apart, and he calls. The Spirit of God...

    Breathe on Me, Breath of God: Meditations on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

    A Person We Need to Know

    Judged by the standards of modern marketing techniques, the Holy Spirit has a PR problem. The idea of God the Father and of God the Son is one to which we can relate. We have analogies and parallels that help...

    This coming Sunday will be our stewardship Sunday for our 2015 budget. To discover what the Bible says about stewardship, the best place to start is with the very first verse of the Bible, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” As the Creator, God has absolute rights of ownership over all things. Nothing else in the Bible, including the principle of stewardship, will make...

    Breathe on Me, Breath of God:  Meditations on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

    There are a number of reasons why we ought to give renewed attention to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. First, and supremely, we ought to attend with care to His person and work because he is, as the Creed reminds us, “the Lord and giver of...

    New Life in Christ: The Beatitudes for Today 9 

    “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets...

    New Life in Christ: The Beatitudes for Today VIII -“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”(Matt. 5:9) When anger flares up inside us, more often than not we trace its cause to the fault of others. They would not listen! They wronged me! It’s their problem, not mine! But James has a different perspective: “What causes quarrels and what causes fights...

    New Life in Christ: The Beatitudes for Today VII - “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”(Matt. 5:4)

    What will heaven be like? It’s a good question that almost every Christian asks at some point or another. In the sixth beatitude, Jesus gives his answer. Heaven will be the beatific vision of God opened to the eyes of redeemed and purified...

    New Life in Christ: The Beatitudes for Today V -  “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

    Calvin famously said, “Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.”1 The Westminster Shorter Catechism echoes that conviction when its third question asks, “What...

    New Life in Christ: The Beatitudes for Today V - “Blessed are the those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matt. 5:6)

    Knowing what we do not have is vitally important to the welfare of our souls. That has been the point of the first three beatitudes. Poverty of spirit (v. 3), mourning for sin (v. 4), meekness...

    Notice, too, that there is a certain logical progression in the beatitudes. Poverty of spirit (Matt. 5:3) is a clear sight of our personal bankruptcy apart from Jesus, so essential to the beginning and progress of the Christian life. It is an attitude that in turn requires and issues in spiritual mourning. As we see how much we need, we mourn for our sin and poverty, for our...

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