James 5:13 says, “Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray.” Many times folks would like to delegate all the prayer business to others. Certainly there is a place for unified concerted prayer. In one place noted in the Book of Acts, even the place where they were praying was shaken from such prayer. But in most cases, God will come to you through your own personal faith. James says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” When you develop that kind of prayer life, your prayer with others will be effective and powerful too.
Evangelist Bob Ewert speaks on Jesus, Light of the World. John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Bob shares parts of his testimony and a vision of hell where God called him to reach the lost along with other scriptures describing the general call to all believers to reach the lost.
Religion has long sought to thwart the power of the Gospel, but in amazing ways the Lord always proves the truth of the Gospel. For example, when Paul and Barnabas went to Iconium, the Word says, “the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders.” (Acts 14:3) Without the Holy Spirit, even the message of Christmas becomes secular and powerless. Today’s message counters this with 5 reasons we should talk about the baptism in the Holy Spirit at Christmas time.
Major storms and hurricanes have what are called steering currents. These currents keep the storms moving in a certain direction. Without the steering currents, the storms would be far more dangerous than they are. Your life of faith has a God given divine purpose. However it gets out of control if you lack spiritual steering currents. The book of Jude gives us some great insight into life in the Holy Spirit. Knowing and implementing practical action details is essential to staying on course in your trajectory of faith. Prayer, love, and outreach will steer you well, even when the ship of your life seems to be off course.
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Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” You might think and even say, “Now that’s an impossible demand!” The world and our nation are beset by hatred, violence, tragedy and discord. Here is God’s solution to keep your heart from being troubled—“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.— Colossians 3:14-16 NLT
Life has a rhythm and pace. When you flow with the Holy Spirit’s rhythm, He energizes and empowers you. Stress and fatigue leave you. You accomplish more with less. This is how Paul taught the early believers: “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.” Ephesians 5:18
In Genesis 1, the Holy Spirit breathed life into the vision for creation. The Word spoke it forth and the Holy Spirit breathed life into God’s creation. He empowered and equipped man to take dominion. He also enabled fellowship between God and man. We should spend time getting to know the Holy Spirit allowing Him to breathe life on the plans that the Father has for us. We need His power to give us the boldness to see those plans come to fruition. Fellowshipping with Him ensures that we know what is on the Father’s heart.
Making disciples is sometimes a bit chaotic. It takes a lot of love, commitment, creativity, prayer— But we must never quit! Although the New Testament carries many examples of how Jesus and the early church leaders and members made disciples, these profiles on making disciples are often overlooked. In today’s message, we examine how Paul taught and demonstrated some very clear principles of discipleship and succession by doing life with those he engaged.