How to obtain and retain The Anointing: Part 2

Last time, we discussed what it meant to be anointed. We must understand that it is God’s plan for each of us to be anointed. He wants to anoint us, He wants to empower us. He wants us to go forth in our life’s calling with this power. “15 I no longer call you servants, because …

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Joel, spiritual gifts and the end times

            When Joel gave his message, a plague of locusts had devastated Judah. God’s word through His prophet Joel is a warning of further judgment, but also a call to repentance (2:12-17). One of the aspects of this chapter is also the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. …

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How to obtain and retain The Anointing: Part 1

The Holy Spirit is God—one of the three persons of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is that person who, as L. Thomas Holdcroft put it, “that person of the Trinity whose office touches upon the believer.”[1] The Spirit is the Comforter and the Advocate whom Jesus promised would come (John 15:26; 16:7). In addition, His …

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Grace in the story of Jonah

When we read through the Old Testament, it is easy to get the impression that God is one of wrath and judgment. If one sifts through carefully, there is yet a God of grace. In the story of Jonah we can see the God of Grace more clearly. Jonah was called to preach judgment to …

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What is “The Fruit of the Spirit?”

We hear a lot of churchy words and phrases, don't we? One of which is "The Fruit of the Spirit." What does this mean? Paul was writing to the church in Galatia (Galatians) and was writing about the ways of the world; those who pleasure in sin. "I warn you, as I did before, that …

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Why do the righteous suffer? A Closer Look at Job

One of the age-old questions is, “Why do the righteous suffer?” Many turn away from God because of suffering in the world, in spite of how much God surely addresses this question in the Bible. One look at Job should give us a glimpse as to acknowledging that the innocent suffer and that God has …

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