Today, the proverbial rubber meets the road. We’re talkin’ spirit. The Spirit. The Holy Spirit. This is a crucial topic because God is spirit; each of us created in God’s image means that we also have a spirit and as such we are extensions of God’s presence. Jesus promised that, after he left, he would send the energetic, marvelous Spirit of God. Why is the Holy Spirit sent to us? Perhaps it is because Jesus didn’t want us to be left alone. Jesus also didn’t want us to be without power insofar as we are agents of God’s transforming presence. God accomplishes worldly tasks throughRead More →

God’s promises are great. As an example, read this biblical promise from the book of 1Peter that will be the focus of today’s message:   “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10). This aforementioned verse is deeply reassuring in that it reminds us of God’s love, mercy and grace. We can offer a succinct interpretation like this: When things go really, really bad, we can count on God’s Iron-clad promises. Now mind you, we sometimes do notRead More →

The Apostle Paul was a neat guy. Aside from his saintly spiritual status, the man did some bold things that can continue inspiring us today. Case in point is today’s episode from Acts 17:22-31 wherein Paul goes to the heart of ancient intellectualism and makes a clever appeal. The dominant religion in the Roman areas was what is often referred to pejoratively as polytheistic paganism. This ingrained worldview had been dominant for millennia prior to Paul. Significant indeed was Paul’s challenge of the Greco-Roman statues, icons, and the complex mythical universe within which people lived and breathed. And to top it all off, Paul spokeRead More →