Month: August 2017

Four Ways to Witness to Atheists | Desiring God

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After last night’s Bible study asking us to think about how we have been pointing people to Jesus in the spaces of our calling (just as John the Baptist did), this is a pertinent article preparing us to helpfully and graciously speak to friends we have who are atheist or non-believers.  “Our first responsibility is to listen. We need to listen to the culture — to what people are saying — and seek to understand where they are coming from.”

Source: Four Ways to Witness to Atheists | Desiring God

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Relentless Pursuit

Originally posted on Life Less Ordinary:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 In the 1969 comedic Western film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the two main characters have…

The Holy Spirit Requires Believers to be Sanctified

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Sanctification is a necessary part of being a Christian.

2 Thessalonians 2:13

13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

1 Corinthians 6:18-19

18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

The work of the Holy Spirit in enabling believers to lead holy lives, dedicated to the service of God and conformed to his likeness.

The Bible frequently likens the Holy Spirit to a flame (Isa. 4:4; Matt. 3:11; Acts 2:3–4)…

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The Holy Spirit enables Believers to be Sanctified

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Romans 8:4

that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Romans 8:13

13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Ephesians 5:18

18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

The Bible frequently likens the Holy Spirit to a flame (Isa. 4:4; Matt. 3:11; Acts 2:3–4). He warms the heart, enlightens the mind, and empowers people’s spirits  (1 Thessalonians 5:19)  He also enables believers to be sanctified (Romans 8:4, 13)

God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods…

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Awesome Wonder

The Soaring Eagle

“But as for me, through the greatness of Your mercy,
I will come into Your house;
I will bow down towards Your holy temple
in awe of You”
 (Psalm 5:7)

Reflection:
Every now and then I am struck anew by the amazing privilege of God in my life. This verse did it again for me this morning.

Who am I that I should be so privileged as to know of God and to know Him in my life? I am aware of Him in the day and in the night-time. I see His hand and His love in the glory of creation – the majestic display of the setting sun, the soft splendour of its rising, and the silent, stately beauty of the moon. I hear His love and praise in the liquid songs of the early morning birds, the haunting cry of the fish eagle and the gentle whisper…

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Walking With Christ

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Colossians 1:10-12

The pathway of faith has divine purpose, and we’re to obey the Lord, no matter what. But even when God’s direction is perplexing, we can count on the fact that He is good.

Walking obediently with Christ doesn’t guarantee an easy life, which is obvious when we consider Paul. He encountered all kinds of hardships, including shipwreck, persecution, and beatings (2 Corinthians 11:23-27). Keep in mind, though, that nothing can touch a child of God without the Father’s loving permission. He uses difficulty to strengthen and correct believers—and eventually as a tool in achieving His plan. Also remember that the Lord protects His followers in their suffering, just as He kept the apostle safe in situations that seemed impossible to overcome.

Adversity can tempt us to ignore the Holy Spirit’s guidance. But we will ultimately regret such a decision, as God doesn’t spare us from the consequences of…

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