Encouraging Words for Today

For the God who said, “Light will shine out of darkness,” is the same one who made light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ. We hold this treasure in clay jars to show that its extraordinary power is from God and not from us.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (EHV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
~ Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

…this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ ~ 1 Peter 3:21b (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
~ James 3:17 (NIV))

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Encouraging Words for Today

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
~ Acts 2:38-39 (NIV)

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Worship Service ~ May 31, 2020

Pentecost – God, Real Life, and the Sending of His Spirit – Acts 2:1-47
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Encouraging Words for Today

Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
~ Mark 1:5b-8 (NIV)

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Working behind the scenes

“No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.”
~ 1 Corinthians 12:13 (NIV)


Although certain individuals may get more public attention, those who work “behind the scenes” are essential in almost every joint endeavor. It’s true with our God too.

The Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed begins: “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” Christians confess that the Holy Spirit is the eternal, co-equal, third Person of the Triune God of the Bible. Present at creation, the Holy Spirit would work saving faith in the hearts of Adam and Eve after their fall into sin. The Spirit has created repentance and faith in human hearts ever since. The Holy Spirit inspired the Prophets and Apostles in every word of the Holy Scriptures. The Holy Spirit’s “behind the scenes” work truly is essential to the saving work of our gracious God.

The Holy Spirit had moments of public display. At Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3), at Pentecost (Acts 2) and in special gifts to the early Christian Church (1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12), his work was clearly recognized. But for 21st century Christians, his work remains essentially “behind the scenes.”

The Holy Spirit is our “faith-builder.” By the Holy Scriptures he opens your understanding, increases your knowledge of God’s truth, and strengthens your trust in Jesus, which leads to your daily life of faith.

The Holy Spirit is our “faith-preserver.” Some have feared, “What if I lose my faith?” As you continue in the gospel of Christ, holding to his teachings, the Holy Spirit works “behind the scenes,” keeping you in the faith.

Finally, the Holy Spirit is the “Church-builder,” as you and I and our fellow believers share the gospel of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection worldwide. The Spirit will ignite, strengthen and preserve faith in the hearts of repentant sinners, that they may have eternal life.

Dear Holy Spirit, never let me underestimate your “behind the scenes” work in my heart and life through the gospel. Inspire me to regular worship and Bible study as you work in me. I praise you with the Father and the Son, now and forever. Amen.

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Encouraging Words for Today

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit
~ Acts 2:3-4a (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

(Jesus said) …I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
~ John 14:16b-17 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
~ Jude 1:20-21 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
~ 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)

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Good Medicine

You are probably aware that the United States leads the world in consumption of antidepressant drugs—one in five adults gets prescription medication of one kind or another for mental health reasons. .. Read article on Time of Grace.org

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones
~ Proverbs 17:22

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Memorial Day Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for those who have sacrificed their lives in service to our country. Be with those who grieve over the loss of beloved parents, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, and friends who went to war and did not return. Comfort them with the knowledge that in Jesus Christ, your son, we have victory over death and the promise of a future reunion in heaven. Make us thankful for our nation’s freedoms purchased at so great a price. Amen.

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Worship Service ~ May 24, 2020

We Live in the Resurrection Country – Ephesians 1:16-23

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