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Same Sex Marriage

I read this article from John Piper on the Desiring God website and wanted to share it here for others to read who may have missed it. Rather than writing my own article, I thought this said it very well in light of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court.   So-Called Same-Sex Marriage by: John Piper Jesus died so that heterosexual and homosexual sinners might be saved. Jesus created sexuality, and has a clear will for how it is…

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Jesus’ Decisive Explanation of the Holy Spirit’s Work (4)

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it…

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Jesus’ Decisive Explanation of the Holy Spirit’s Work (3)

The Work of the Spirit: Guide (16:12-13) There was another work of the Holy Spirit for the apostles which would be for the benefit of the apostles and why Jesus would go to the Father. Jesus still has many things to teach his apostles. But he is not personally going to do this because they cannot handle his teachings yet. Rather, Jesus is going to send the Spirit of truth. The Spirit will be the one who will guide these apostles…

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Jesus’ Decisive Explanation of the Holy Spirit’s Work (2)

Second, the Spirit will convict the world in regard to righteousness. God has to teach us that our righteousness is totally insufficient. It is hard for people to recognize that our righteousness amounts to nothing before God because we do not possess righteousness within ourselves. We do not have good works and right living apart from conforming to the will of God. This is why the apostle Paul could powerfully declare that there is no one who is righteous, not…

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Jesus’ Decisive Explanation of the Holy Spirit’s Work

What exactly is the Holy Spirit going to accomplish in the lives of his disciples? Jesus answers this question in John 16:5-15. Jesus has promised the eleven in John 14 that he is going to send the Advocate to them so that they are not left alone even though he must leave. But Jesus’ leaving is for their benefit. The Advocate will come which will benefit these disciples and the whole world. Jesus comes back to the discussion concerning the…

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The Holy Spirit In Acts

John the Baptist preached “the kingdom is at hand!” (Matt. 3:2). John told the Jewish leaders that the Messiah was coming. With the Messiah would be two events: (1) the baptism of the Holy Spirit, God’s phrase that represented the arrival of the kingdom of God, restoration of God’s covenant with Israel, and blessings to the people; (2) the baptism of fire, God’s phrase that represented judgment. As we will notice later in Acts 2, Peter preached the same message…

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The Holy Spirit In Matthew (2)

Since the baptism of fire is a description of judgment and wrath (see Malachi 4), what then is the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Before we answer this question, we need to again notice that these are two events John is speaking about. Can we say that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a bad thing, like the baptism of fire? Not at all. As we noticed in the last lesson, the pouring out of the Spirit was a…

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The Holy Spirit In Matthew

Matthew 3:7-12. When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. 9 And don’t presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 10 Even now the ax is ready to…

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Song of Solomon Commentary Review

I have noted in previous posts how difficult it is as a minister to spend your money on an expensive commentary only to have a reference that is hardly used because it was not helpful. I have done this many times and am always scouring the internet for commentary reviews so I can make an educated decision before making the purchase. I have been preaching through a number of books of the Bible lately and plan to post more reviews…

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The Holy Spirit In The Old Testament (3)

The final prophecy to consider from the Old Testament concerning the coming of the Holy Spirit is in Joel 2:28-3:1. “After this I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions. I will even pour out My Spirit on the male and female slaves in those days. I will display wonders in the heavens and on the earth: blood,…

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