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Holy Spirit – The Temple of the Holy Spirit – James Hayes

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE 1 Corinthians 6:9-20 Men and women lie, but numbers don’t lie. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 40 percent of all the babies born in 2011 were illegitimate. There are social media websites that are designed solely for strangers who want to meet for sex. Sex trafficking is at an all-time high. Depending on how the research is calculated, as much as 30 percent of all websites contain pornography. Sex sells everything from hamburgers to tennis shoes to cars. We live in a sex-saturated society. The ancient world was not much different when it comes to sex

December 29th, 2017|

Holy Spirit – Offending the Holy Spirit – James Hayes

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Acts 5:3-4 At the end of Acts 4, the great encourager Barnabas has given the proceeds from a sale of land to the Apostles to help the needy. Evidently, others are inspired by Barnabas’ generosity and pledge to do the same. Among them are a husband and wife named Ananias and Sapphira. With his wife’s full knowledge, Ananias withholds some of the proceeds and only presents some of the gain to the Apostles. (He must have given the impression that the portion he presented is the entire amount.) When Peter becomes aware of this, he asks why Satan

December 28th, 2017|

Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit in Creation – James Hayes

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Genesis 1:2 I can understand eternity. Even though I am living in an era where every living thing dies and every event ends, I can still grasp the concept of an unending world. What I have a difficult time understanding, however, is how something or someone didn’t have a beginning. Have you ever thought about it? Can you wrap your mind around the fact that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have always existed? It’s a challenging fact, but it’s true, nonetheless. In the first chapter of the Bible, we encounter all three persons of the

December 27th, 2017|

Holy Spirit – Groanings Too Deep for Words – James Hayes

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Romans 8:26 For whom do you pray? For what do you pray? How long are your prayers? Do you pray every day? Someone once said that Christians should be the healthiest people on earth because they pray over their food more than they pray for anything else. Prayer is simple at times, but at other times it is hard even to summon the strength to approach the throne of God with our requests and thanksgivings. Many people in Scripture pray when they are at their weakest. Daniel prays after he is ordered not to pray (Daniel 6:10). Jonah

December 26th, 2017|

Holy Spirit – Be Filled with the Spirit – James Hayes

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Ephesians 5:15-21 D.L. Moody once stood before a large audience holding an empty glass. He asked, “How can I get the air out of this glass?” One man suggested that he suck the air out with a pump. Moody said that would not work because the suction would create a vacuum and shatter the glass. One after another, members of the audience came up with ridiculous ways to get the air out of the glass. Finally, Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher, and poured water into the glass. “There,” he said, “all of the air has been removed.”

December 25th, 2017|

Christ – Called Christians – Paul Merideth

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Acts 11:26 We must not just wear His name; we must live His name. Perhaps critics out of derisive intent first label the believers in ancient Antioch “Christians.” Maybe like Pilate who had “King of the Jews” written on a sign pinned to the cross, they speak inadvertent truth. It is to our advantage not our shame that we get to wear the name of Christ. Isn’t it remarkable that as we understand more fully how powerful the name of Christ is that we are now invited to wear that glorious name? The apostle Paul elegantly describes this

December 22nd, 2017|

Christ – Messiah with a Mission – Paul Merideth

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE 1 Timothy 1:15 Have you ever been chosen for a special task? Perhaps you were picked to coach a Little League team. Maybe the Bible class leader asked you to teach in his absence on an upcoming Sunday. The right person needs to be picked for the job and with being chosen comes responsibility. Jesus Christ accepted the assignment to be our Savior. A significant part of Jesus wearing the title Christ means He was tasked with completing a job. He is the Messiah with a mission! The purpose of Jesus coming to the world is to save

December 21st, 2017|

Christ – Find Out Where the Road Takes You – Paul Merideth

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE Romans 3:21-26 On the day Jesus is resurrected from the grave, two disciples are traveling down a road on their way home to Emmaus. As they walk, a stranger joins them on the journey. The three begin to talk together about the recent news, and the two travelers express their discouragement to the stranger over what has just happened in Jerusalem regarding the death of Christ. They tell the stranger they’d hoped Jesus would be the one to redeem Israel. The stranger interrupts them and said, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the

December 20th, 2017|
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