Articles categorized as Power Of The Holy Spirit


    Something New Under the Sun: Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living – 11. MONEY, SEX AND POWER

    11. Money, Sex and Power   I amassed silver and gold for myself and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well-the delights of the heart of man.   Ecclesiastes 2:8   Solomon had a harem, all right-seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. Historians tell […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Self-Control

    SELF-CONTROL   Learn This or Else!   A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated. Proverbs 14:17   The Bible offers many examples of men who failed be­cause they lacked this essential element of self-control. But no one sticks in my mind like Samson, the undisput­ed heavyweight champion of ancient Israel. […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Anger

    ANGER   A Warning for Hotheads   An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. Proverbs 29:22   Here is a simple fact: Either you learn to control your temper or your temper will control you. How many of us have undergone tremendous heartache because at a crucial moment we […]

    The ABC’s of Wisdom: Building Character with Solomon – Envy

    ENVY   The Green-Eyed Monster   A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30   Envy rots the bones. The Hebrew literally means “envy makes the bones disintegrate.” Once again, Solomon is telling us that there is a strong connection between the spiritual and the physical. The […]

    FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About The Christian Life – Chapter 9

    Chapter 9 What is spiritual warfare?   Can the devil come to church?” The young man who asked me that question was both sincere and intense. He had heard a television preacher say that the devil comes to church all the time. How do you answer a quesdon like that? As I thought about it […]

    Samson and the Fine Art of Self-Control

    In December 2004 I received an email that changed my life. Right after the tsunami that devastated Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India, Ramesh Richard, a professor at Dallas Seminary, sent an email that contained a simple, one-sentence prayer. He called it a “dangerous” prayer. The moment I saw that prayer I knew that it […]

    The God We Hardly Know

    David Mains caught me off guard with his question. “If you had to grade your congregation on their knowledge of the Holy Spirit, what grade would you give them?” Up until that moment, the interview had gone well. David and his daughter Melissa had thrown me fast pitches right over the center of the plate […]

    The Persecuted Church—Who Cares?

    Contemporary headlines regarding the persecuted church are juxtaposed against frivolous comments of Christians who don’t care and can’t be bothered about the plight of their suffering brothers and sisters around the world.

    Clarification of Certain Doctrinal and Practical Issues


    The following material is presented by the Elders as a means of clarifying the church’s position on certain issues. As you read this, please remember that this is not meant to be a comprehensive statement of what we believe in every area. You may consult the Articles of Faith for a full statement of our […]


    Genesis 39

    It happened at the second break, just before we made our wager on the Final Challenge. At that point it was clear that, barring a miracle, I was not going to win the game. Evan (the returning champion) had $4000, Julie had $1850 and I was bringing up the rear with $1000. In just a […]

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    No one who met our Lord ever stayed the same. If Christmas tells us why Jesus came, then Easter tells us he fully accomplished his mission. In between those two events we have the whole life of Christ. That’s our focus as we walk “In His Steps”, a book of 47 devotionals for the season of Lent (the period of time leading up to Easter).

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