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When Rocks Cry Out

A friend asked me today how I was doing and I said, "busy."  Cliche I know and I try to live in a way that prevents that from being my answer but it's so true right now.  This is coming from a teacher with one week left of school.  A teacher who is a mom with all the end of year actives her kids participate in as well.  I value the peace that comes from having an uncluttered mind and more often than not that is heavily influenced by my schedule.

I also had the gift of music in my life this weekend with great people.  The bridge to one of the songs we sang declares, "All the earth will shout your praise."  When I hear it, it reminds me of the verse in Luke where Jesus says that if they people don't praise him, the stones would cry out (19:40).
But as rich and as deep as that time was this weekend my soul needed a little more to counteract the season I'm in.  So I headed outside to find more solitude.

As I headed through sun-dappled trails, the birds ab…

Unity in the Church

Friends,

It has been a very busy month.  I have been keeping up with my study but not able to post any of my teaching in a month.  Thanks for sticking with me through it all.  Life can get really busy as a mom who works outside the home but my happy place is here with you-sharing the insights I have as given by the Holy Spirit.  As always I hope it blesses you greatly and inspires you to keep pressing into the only one who is able to strengthen our steps.

This audio message is from the book of Acts.   Here is our verse to study today:

And the voice came a second time, "What God has made clean, do not call common."  Acts 10:15

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Unity in the Church

Let's continue to live as one in Him!
-Rayna

Praying for the Holy Spirit

Hello friends,

We have a complex passage today; one that stretched my brain a little as I studied.  I hope that you too will understand as we consider this passage today:

Acts 8:14-16
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God they sent them Peter and John, who came down and prayed of them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Any questions arise?  Doesn't the Holy Spirit indwell the believer at salvation?  Consider this with me as we study God's word together.

Praying for the Holy Spirit

Prayer that Shakes the Room

Hi friends,

Our text today is Acts 4:24-31.

24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them,25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,[a] said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’[b]—

27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take pl

The Fellowship of the Early Church

Hello friends,

Thanks for tuning in to the second part of my audio series through Acts.  Today's focus will be on what the early church was like and reflecting on how our church aligns with that.  Hope you are encouraged!  As always, click the link below to be redirected to the audio component.

Andtheydevotedthemselvestotheapostles'teachingandthe fellowship, tothebreakingofbreadandtheprayers.43 Andawecameupon everysoul, andmanywondersandsignswerebeingdonethroughtheapostles.44 Andallwhobelievedweretogetherandhadallthingsincommon.45 And theyweresellingtheirpossessionsandbelongingsanddistributingthe proceedstoall, asanyhadneed.46 Anddaybyday, attendingthetemple togetherandbreakingbreadintheirhomes, theyreceivedtheirfood with gladandgeneroushearts,47 praisingGodandhavingfavorwithallthepeople.AndtheLordaddedtotheirnumberdaybydaythosewhowerebeing saved.

Acts 2:42-47



The Fellowship of the Early Church

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

I don't know about you but I live my faith with a constant hearing for more of the Holy Spirit in my life!  There is nothing like feeling His presence that brings encouragement and boldness to obey.  I hope dear listener that you have experienced the special times of His presence.

Today I am sharing some teaching on the promise of the Holy Spirit.  What it was like before He came.  So maybe you read what I had shared and felt wistful, like you are wanting and needing more of that in your life.  Study along with me today and maybe you'll come away with some truth in this area.  That is my prayer!  That this study brings you close to waiting on the Spirit.




 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach,  until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.  He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and s…

Be Still and Know

Another audio blog upload to share today about quiet time with God.  Thoughts on what it means to be quiet before His presence.

Be Still and Know

Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10