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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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Where Did the Denominations Come From – Final Thoughts

The following things can be said of any denomination, no matter its name, when founded, or the motives of those who established it. It is the actual historical record that counts. I am one of those folks who believe that I do not get the option of choosing what to do in order to be pleasing to God. I believe the scriptures clearly state that the option is to serve God and Christ in the manner in which they have…

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We will serve the Lord

“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve the LORD. And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day who you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land…

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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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Where Did All of the Denominations Come From? Part 5

Here comes a disclaimer of sorts. None of this is written out of meanness. And it is not about people only about what has been done. It is a brief statement of plain facts which may be investigated, taken or flatly rejected as it pleases any reader. And as such it is not going to be filled with very much detail. You can supply those things on your own. I will always suggest that readers should rely upon the scriptures…

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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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God Handed Them Over

"Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with…

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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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Movable Type

No event has allowed greater access to the Word of God than Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of movable type printing. It furthered the solidification of several languages including German, Spanish, and English. Since then a huge multitude in every age and country has benefited. Countless thousands have been led to Christ through the dissemination of the Word of God around the world. And untold populations have been taught to read using the Bible for instruction. I do not believe that any…

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