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The Spirit of Truth

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John 14:15-21 Pilate asked Jesus, "What is truth?"   (John 18:38) Pilate was cynical.   He was a judge.   He was hardened by the lies and deceit he had seen in life, both within his government and staff and in those he judged. The world has not changed in this regard.   How are we to determine what the truth is when we know our media and government lie to us?   I watched a video the other day of our president saying something outlandish.   Upon further investigation, I found that it was a clip taken from the middle of a speech in which he misspoke a single word.   Taken out of context and picked up just where he misspoke, the video made the president sound like an idiot.   However, in context, it is easy to see how he misspoke and the message he was bringing was actually cogent and necessary.   It was clear to me that the person who edited and posted the video did it with malicious intent. This is not a political statement in support of or against th

Power

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Acts 1:1-8 What is power? What does the power of God look like in a person's life? Do you know and experience the power of God in your life? Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit after He went to His Father.  As part of His promise, He said,  Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.  John 14:12, ESV Jesus healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, fed over five thousand with five loaves and two fishes, and even raised the dead to life.  He calmed the storm with a word and at His rebuke, the fig tree dried up.  Did He mean that we would do the same sort of things?  Certainly, these works represent a demonstration of the power of God. In Acts 1:1-2, the New Testament tells us: In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the

The Spirit of Life

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Romans 8:1-17 The Christian life is not easy.  It is impossible. The Apostle Paul makes this clear in Romans 7.  He says: For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.  For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.  Romans 7:18-19, ESV This conflict is common to us all.  Every man, woman and child who tries to live a godly life has experienced this dilemma, and there are three common responses. The first response is to reject the whole idea of good and evil or sin.  This rejection takes many forms.  The atheist claims God does not exist and therefore cannot be offended by sin.  The moralist claims that all people are basically good and sin is an outdated way of thinking.  This first response is the response of the unbelieving world. The second and third responses are from within those who call themselves Christian. 

Comforter

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John 16:1-15 Who is the Holy Spirit? This is a rather audacious question to try to answer.  The Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity.  Therefore, He is a person, and as such, He is much more than a term to be defined.  As a person, He has a mind, He has emotions and He has a will. To say the Holy Spirit is a person does not mean He has hands and feet.  Hands and feet are part of having a body, but are not necessary in order to be a person. The understanding that the Holy Spirit is a person is at once very basic and of utmost importance.  Over against and opposed to the concept of the Spirit as a person stands the idea of the Spirit as an impersonal power or force, a power that fills believers and yet is subject to the will of the believer enabling him or her to do what would not otherwise be possible.  The best example I can think of is to liken the "impersonal power" concept as being in nature similar to the concept of "the force&qu

All Authority

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28:18 We have come to the end of a year.  Tremendous blessings as well as challenges have filled this year.  Each of us has faced our own personal challenges and victories, and I trust grown in our relationship with God. At the end of the year and the start of a new year, we traditionally make resolutions.  This serves as a time to review the past year and set goals for the coming year.  Today, I want to do something a little different with you.  I want to review the last days of Jesus on earth after the resurrection but before His ascension into heaven.  I want to consider what He showed us as being most important.  Then, from that perspective, I trust the Spirit will show each one of us what his or her highest priority should be for the coming year. Of course, I say this fully expecting that Jesus will return any day now, and knowing that if He does not return, some