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

True Beauty

I was listening to a podcast the other day, and they said that recently the clothing company H&M admitted to using computer generated people to showcase their clothes in advertisements.  Why?  Because real human bodies, the kind they want to showcase their clothes in don't exist!  I've seen several video-shorts where they show how every cover model is airbrushed, erasing wrinkles, cellulite, whitening teeth, slimming down parts of the face.  Image is everything and in a world where everything is digital, nothing seems to be real anymore.

I want to be someone who measures beauty the way God sees it, by studying the character of the people around me.  By seeing the generosity and joy of the women around me; their beauty comes from within and makes me more beautiful too by how accepted I feel when I'm with them.

Let me tell you a story about one of my dear friends.  Last night I got a text from her asking "does anyone want this Clinique eyeshadow kit?"  She is a…

Abundant Life

In today's podcast, I share my thoughts on abundant life in Christ.

Today's scripture is:

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  John 10:10

Abundant Life