Words of Grace – The Holy Spirit and the Heart

We live in a day when we have little room in our lives for feeling bad. Taken to the extreme, this kind of thinking leaves no room for the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. There is no virtue in self-loathing, shame, and sorrow over deeds when these...

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Words of Grace – The Holy Spirit and History

A good way to kill a party conversation is to tell someone you were a history major in college. People automatically assume you are into names, dates, and war facts, not music, sports, and good food. While history may not be many people’s favorite subject in school, no one can...

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Words of Grace – Messaging

“We hear them telling in our own language the mighty works of God.” Acts 2:11 There are times when people repeat back to me what they think I said in a sermon or a conversation. I am often surprised that what they heard is not what I meant to say. I have learned the...

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Words of Grace – The Holy Spirit and Scripture

“The Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David…” Acts 1:16 “What God has joined together, let no one separate” (Matthew 19:6). Jesus was talking about marriage when he spoke these words. But they apply as well to the Holy Spirit and...

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Words of Grace – Timing

The phrase “timing is everything” is so commonplace that it’s impossible to attribute it to any one person. You will find endless uses of the phrase in some form or another in songs, psychology, and speeches. It’s the advice given to investors and comedians. There is a lot of truth...

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Words of Grace – Something Bigger Than Ourselves

No one would argue that we are not “selves,” with possibilities and responsibilities. The Christian message affirms that we are individuals, accountable to God and called to follow Christ as such. As Christians, our new aim in life is to bring glory to God. This is our motivation for taking...

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