Category Archives: Holy Spirit

a rescue shop within a yard of hell

“Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop, within a yard of hell.” For statements like this, C.T. Studd was called a fanatic by some. I read his words … Continue reading

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room for the billions

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared … And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride … Continue reading

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Fear not the open wound

Closure: noun clo·sure \ˈklō-zhər\ a feeling that a problem has been solved a feeling that a bad experience has ended and that you can start to live again in a calm and normal way. Moving on. Leaving the pain behind. Getting … Continue reading

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happiness and rest…only as you look to Jesus

“Looking unto Jesus.” Hebrews 12:2 It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead … Continue reading

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lessons from inside the MRI tube

“Are you claustrophobic?” the admissions clerk had asked on the phone the night before. “Are you claustrophobic?” the MRI technician now asked as we walked toward the testing room. “Not really,” I answered both times. So with that settled, he … Continue reading

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If the coming year asks you to wait

“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly pray … Continue reading

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songs of Christmas

Here in the U.S., the crazy Christmas shopping rush has begun. It’s all around us, drawing our minds and hearts toward consumerism frenzy. I need reminders of the true Christmas message. You probably do, too. So I’m thankful for two … Continue reading

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How can I know what to pray?

If I’m a magnificently created yet small creature (which I am, and you are, too) and my magnificent Creator wants me to communicate with Him (which He does, and that very fact should stupefy us), then I should sit up … Continue reading

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telling your testimony to your children

“Fathers and mothers are the most natural agents for God to use in the salvation of their children. I am sure that, in my early youth, no teaching ever had such an impression upon my mind as the instruction of … Continue reading

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Love that turns the world upside down

No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus Christ holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved. (John Knox, 1513-1572) “…taking some wicked men … Continue reading

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Getting your but in the right place

Some phrases stick with you. This morning I found myself thinking about one short sentence whose ten little words help me remember massive amounts of correct theology. God regularly uses its premise to correct my wrong thinking about Him and … Continue reading

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A longing for another place

  Mounded grey clouds blew in, and flurries of snow fell and dusted this scene soon after I took this photo. The horses nibbled through early morning layers of cold, and as I watched the flakes swirl toward the ground, … Continue reading

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How do I make the right choice?

Today we’ll  have choices to make. Small choices mostly. But even though those moments may appear mundane and trivial, each will really carry with it a weighty choice. We’ll be faced with decisions like: Will I exaggerate my part in … Continue reading

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God’s hand in every trial, small or great

In every trial, small or great: first of all and at once recognize God’s hand in it. Say at once “My Father has allowed this to come; I welcome it from Him; my first care is to glorify Him in … Continue reading

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Christian snobs and words of warning

In our early twenties, single, and both hoping to head overseas as missionaries, a girlfriend and I used to say to one another, “We’ll never drive a minivan.” We weren’t worried about an American lifestyle we thought we’d be leaving … Continue reading

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