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Resist Temptation

Resist Temptation

James: A Faith That Works – Part 2James 1:13-18   “How to Say No and Feel Good About It,” that was the title of an article in a business journal recently.  It counseled administrators to learn to say no for the good of the company, even when their heart wanted to say...
Resist Temptation

Keep Calm Under Pressure

James – Part 1 James 1:1-12 I read an article some time back entitled “Congregations Have to Realize Pastors’ Stress.”  It related that aside from maternity benefits, the greatest portion of the 84 million dollars paid in medical claims in one year by the...
The Presence of the Holy Spirit

The Presence of the Holy Spirit

The Presence of the Holy Spirit Wind and Fire – Part 4 John 14:18; 16:7 On the night Jesus was arrested to be crucified, He met with His closest followers. He knows what kind of fear they’re going to face. He knows they’re going to be overwhelmed with uncertainty, so...
The Power of the Holy Spirit

The Power of the Holy Spirit

The Power of the Holy Spirit Wind and Fire – Part 3 Luke 24:49 Throughout the course of my high school and college years one of my passions was acting.  During those years I played roles in a couple of dozen different plays and musicals.  In one of my favorite roles I...
The Promise of the Holy Spirit

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

The Promise of the Holy Spirit Wind and Fire – Part 2 Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 37-38 We are in week two of a series on the Holy Spirit called “Wind and Fire.”  Last week we said the Old Testament word for spirit is ruach and the New Testament word for spirit is pneuma, and...
The Promise of the Holy Spirit

Wind & Fire: The Person of the Holy Spirit

The Person of the Holy Spirit Wind and Fire – Part 1 John 14:16-17 Several years ago, when our kids were still teenagers living at home, a big storm came through Sioux Falls, where we were living at the time, and knocked out the electricity in our house.  In fact, the...