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Feb 2017 15 Feb 15, 2017
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Let me begin by saying thanks for taking the time to read and review my new book on your blog (www.challies.com). I’m extremely blessed that you would consider it worth your time and effort to do so. I’m also grateful for the many times you have linked to my blog, especially the “10 Things You Should Know” series of articles. Continue reading . . .  Tim, Let me begin by saying thanks for taking the time to read and review my new book on you...Read More

Feb 2017 15 Feb 15, 2017
Feb 2017 14 Feb 14, 2017
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Now what? Many Christians today are theologically convinced of the ongoing work of the Spirit (continuationists), but who have not seen the practices of the Spirit in our churches, and who desperately want to see God glorified in healings and by verbal prophecy and experience firsthand the edification of the gift of tongues delivered and interpreted. It can be a daunting challenge to simply wait. So, what are we to do while we wait? Or should we stop waiting and start ac...Read More

Feb 2017 13 Feb 13, 2017
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I take no special delight in writing this article. But hell is real and people are going there. So let’s look closely at what the Bible has to say about it as well as the on-going debate over whether hell is eternal conscious punishment. Continue reading . . .  I take no special delight in writing this article. But hell is real and people are going there. So let’s look closely at what the Bible has to say about it as well as the on-going debate over whe...Read More

Feb 2017 8 Feb 8, 2017
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When we refer to the believer’s ultimate “glorification” we are speaking of the transformation of our whole being: body, soul, spirit, will, mind, and affections, in which sin is eradicated and we are made like Jesus (see Phil. 3:20-21; 1 John 3:1-3). What I want to suggest is that there is a very real and important sense in which this glorification of all believers never ends. Continue reading . . .  When we refer to the believer’s ultimate...Read More

Feb 2017 7 Feb 7, 2017
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I’m happy to announce that my new book, Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life (Zondervan) is now available for purchase. You can get it at Amazon or at Christian bookstores. What follows is the Foreword written by Matt Chandler, lead pastor at the Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas, and President of the Acts 29 network. Continue reading . . .  I’m happy to announce that my new book, Practicing the Power: Welcoming th...Read More

Feb 2017 6 Feb 6, 2017
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Most Christians love the Psalms, for in them we find heartfelt prayer, emotional vulnerability, and passionate praise of God. Continue reading . . .  Most Christians love the Psalms, for in them we find heartfelt prayer, emotional vulnerability, and passionate praise of God. But we also find troubling statements such as these: “Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them...Read More

Feb 2017 2 Feb 2, 2017
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We noted in yesterday’s article that in John 16:8-11 Jesus refers to three things the Spirit will do when he comes to indwell and empower the witness of the Church, us! Continue reading . . .  We noted in yesterday’s article that in John 16:8-11 Jesus refers to three things the Spirit will do when he comes to indwell and empower the witness of the Church, us! We saw in v. 8 that he will “convict” the world. This word translated “convi...Read More

Feb 2017 1 Feb 1, 2017

In the previous article we looked at why it was essential for Jesus to go to the cross, rise from the dead, and ascend to the Father. Only in doing so could we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And we also noted what Jesus meant when he said it was to our “advantage” that he go away. Continue reading . . .  In the previous article we looked at why it was essential for Jesus to go to the cross, rise from the dead, and ascend to the Father. Only in doi...Read More

Jan 2017 31 Jan 31, 2017
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Let me be clear right from the start. I stole the title for today’s article from the sub-title to J. D. Greear’s book, Jesus Continued: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You. It’s an excellent book that I recommend you read. Even if you don’t get around to reading it, I suspect that the sub-title will surely capture your attention. Is it really true that having the Holy Spirit live inside us forever is actually better than walk...Read More