No Good Apart from God

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (Acts 10:38 NIV) This is one of my favourite Scriptures. For years I read it and missed the point. See, Jesus ofContinue reading “No Good Apart from God”

From Timid to Bold

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.  (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT) It seems that lack of confidence was a serious problem for young Timothy (see 1 Corinthians 16:10-11; 1 Timothy 4:12),[i] so Paul wrote to remind him that “God has not given us aContinue reading “From Timid to Bold”

It Is What It Is

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don’t forbid speaking in tongues. (1 Corinthians 14:39 NLT) As I sat there listening to the discussion, I couldn’t help but join in. And while some good points were raised, I still wasn’t quite convinced that the gift of speaking in tongues was forContinue reading “It Is What It Is”

Christmas: A Journey of Faith

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23 NIV) It doesn’t make sense, does it? Even Mary, who was chosen to be the mother of God’s Son, didn’t get it. “How will this be,” MaryContinue reading “Christmas: A Journey of Faith”

A Thrill of Hope

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 NIV) Christmas is the season of perpetual hope. It began on that first Christmas when Israel was expecting a King who would deliver them fromContinue reading “A Thrill of Hope”

A Different Kind of Spirit

But He turned and rebuked them [and He said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”]. (Luke 9:55-56 AMP) The “sons of thunder” didn’t get it. James and John walked with Jesus for so long, yetContinue reading “A Different Kind of Spirit”

When God Says, “Go”

The LORD used this cloud to tell the Israelites when to move their camp and where to set it up again. As long as the cloud covered the tent, the Israelites did not break camp. But when the cloud moved, they followed it, and wherever it stopped, they camped and stayed there, whether it wasContinue reading “When God Says, “Go””