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Spiritual Gifts | Cultivating Fire Part 3

Romans 8:11 the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you Acts 10:38 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.  Be aware  Luke 10:21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have…

Fruit of the Spirit | Cultivating Fire Part 2

Isaiah 12:3-6 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation… for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” John 7:37-39 “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. Holy Spirit, Almighty…

Be Aware | Cultivating Fire Part 1

John 14:16-17 Then I will ask My Father and He will give you another Helper. He will be with you forever.  He is the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot receive Him. It does not see Him or know Him. You know Him because He lives with you and will be in you. The Helper  ALONG SIDE  I have a Helper  2 Tim. 1:6-7 I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through…

Prayer in a Time of Need | Shine Part 4

Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Self-control of our words  Encourage others  Radical Generosity  Prayer  Acts 3:1-2 One day Peter and…

Open-Handed Generosity | Shine Part 3

1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? God’s love is so very intense for people. ONE WAY to come – thru Jesus  2 Corinthians 4:5-7 You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let…

Joyful Encouragement | Shine Part 2

Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. John 1:8 John was not the light but came to point people to the light …

How to Be a Light in the Darkness | Shine Part 1

Christians should be good people  Jesus calls us to live beyond nice – Holy Different  This is not only counterintuitive… It’s just downright weird – Craig Groeschel Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine…

What is God’s Love Truly Like? | “The Universe” Has a Name Part 4

Argument of Creation, Fine Tuning  Moral Argument  Religion Argument  Argument of Consciousness Argument of Prophecy and Resurrection  Revelation 2:4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.  God is a person: Mind, Will, Emotions  Matthew 26:41 The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak  How do I know if I have trusted God in a situation? You should feel lighter 1 Corinthians 13:6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth Exodus 34:6 Then the Lord passed by…

How Serious is God About Humility? | “The Universe” Has a Name Part 3

Only one person the closer you get to, the more awesome you discover  Psalm 105:3-4 the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always What’s God really like?  God is Light  1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. Lewis – God is good, perhaps better than we want him to be  Revelation 22:23 The city does…

Does God Have a Love Language? | “The Universe” Has a Name Part 2

What is a person really like?  God is a person Mind, Will, Emotions  If God stopped thinking of me, I would cease to exist. – Angelus Silesus Psalm 25:4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. To know God’s ways refers to knowing the principles by which he does things. God’s ways are the ways in which he deals with us. – Watchman Nee  God loves faith Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God Romans…