Spiritual Gifts

Speaking in Tongues FAQ

Because of my Baptist heritage, many people are confused when they discover that I both believe in and practice the charismatic or sensational gifts of the Holy Spirit (i.e. prophecy, healing, tongues, casting out of demons, etc.). Because these things are seldom practiced or taught about, even in Baptist churches that profess a belief in(…)

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His Mission. Who’s Way?

Last week I posted on the subject of, when God said to “go and make disciples,” it isn’t something we have to pray about. We should just obey. Now, while I do stand firm on that statement, I thought a good follow up would be to discuss things that we, as disciple-making Christians, must continually(…)

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The Tangible Kingdom

As I have been slowly working through the book of Matthew in my devotion time, there are certain themes that seem to recur again and again in the ministry of Jesus and the disciples – things like “the Kingdom of Heaven,” the testimony of things  seen, and the idea of bearing fruit. Very early on,(…)

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Empowered to Serve

Last week I wrote a blog about the reality of God’s Kingdom touching earth through miraculous deeds, and the fact that the Bible testifies that those things continue in the church today. Knowing many people who read my blog personally, I know that the “charismatic,” “continuationist” viewpoint is one that some do not agree with,(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 1

Lately I have been spending a lot of time in the book of Acts, just making observations in my journal of the characteristics that marked believers and the things they experienced as they followed the Holy Spirit in this new life. In this post I share my findings from the first half of the book(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 2

Last week we began looking through the book of Acts at the characteristics that marked believers and the things they experienced as they followed the Holy Spirit in this new life, then known as “The Way.” As I have continued in this study in my personal time, it became clear to me that two posts(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 3

For the last couple of weeks I have been sharing my observations of characteristics and experiences had by the Christians in the book of Acts. If you have missed them, be sure to read part 1 and part 2. And then today, to close it out, here is the final section of the book of(…)

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What’s the Plan?

The Bible is very interesting when it talks about God’s plans. He has personal plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11) and even when it seems like things aren’t going according to plan, God tells us that he is still working behind the scenes for our good (Romans 8:28). God is a personal God, so it makes(…)

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Would Jesus Lie?

In John 14:26, Jesus tells the disciples that, “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” Jesus goes on to say in John 16:7, “I tell you the truth it is to(…)

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The Promise of Deliverance

One of the greatest promises of God to Christians in the atonement of Jesus Christ, is the promise of deliverance from our enemy the devil. The bible teaches us that the devil’s mission is to steal, kill, and destroy God’s creation, and that he especially targets those who put their faith in Christ and who seek to live(…)

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