Baptism in the Holy Spirit

One of my fondest memories of Bob Gordon was listening to him unpack the words of other people, taking them, in my opinion, to a deeper level. Whether it was the Daily Telegraph, a frequent source of spiritual insight, or more obvious Christian sources, Bob could...

Things I Have Learned

Reading on the Desiring God website (http://www.desiringgod.org/) I found the following list posted by John Piper. it is a summary of ‘things’ his father had learned and is full of loving, sweet wisdom of an older saint who has now passed on to glory. It is worth ten...

New Years Resolutions

A teacher once told me (with a certain glint in his eye), “We all agree that the Bible is the Word of God, the problem is what does it say?”. Whilst I can’t tell you the answer to that question, (though maybe your theological package is more tightly tied up than...

Joseph

For years I have been amazed by, and preached on, the example of Mary – the wonderful woman of God whom all nations rightly call blessed. I spent some of yesterday and today preaparing to preach at a local church tomorrow and found myself thinking about Joseph...

Men of a Different Spirit (Part 2)

Numbers 14:24 – “My servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly.” Over the past few years I have come to understand in a deep and personal way something of what it takes to follow the vision of God in one’s life. I have...

A Prayer for Fruitfulness

Reading: 2 Timothy 2:20–26; James 1:5–8 ‘Lord make me that I may become… ‘Lord show me that I may become… ‘Lord give me that I may become…’ This threefold prayer contains, I believe, very important elements for growth. The first line of the prayer...

Work of the Holy Spirit

1. JAMES 4:5 – “The Spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely” * Jealous Spirit Galatians 5:16-18 – “the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature” CONVICTION 2. EPHESIANS 1:18 – “the eyes of your heart may be enlightened” *Spirit of Wisdom...

Fruitbearing

Reading: John 15:1–8; Luke 12:16–21 Fruitfulness is a necessary part of discipleship. In fact, it could be said that fruitfulness is the goal of discipleship. The outcome of growth in personal holiness and gift ought to be effectiveness for the sake of the Kingdom of...

Redeeming the Time

Reading: Ephesians 5:8–20 ‘Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil’ (Ephesians 5:15, 16). Another translation urges us to ‘make the best use of the time’. This seems an awesome...

Men of a Different Spirit

* Num. 14:24 – “My servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly.” * Is. 11:2 – “The Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” 1. SPIRIT OF HUMILITY...
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