" . . . as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life."

. . . And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. (Romans 6:4 & Hebrews 12:1-2)

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The Voice of God, the Man of God and the Prophet

There is an interesting passage in the book of 1 Kings about the true voice of God, a man of God, and a prophet. It was the in time of the divided kingdom, Jeroboam was the first king of the northern nation of Israel after the people had revolted against Solomon’s successor, Rehoboam (over taxes . . . Go figure.) (1 Kings 12:6-17)

The figure of Jeroboam is a conflicted one. He was told by the prophet Ahijah of the coming divide of the kingdom and that God would give him a portion. (1 Kings 11:26-39) Up to this point, he had been a faithful servant of Solomon; however, Solomon must have heard of this word because like Saul before him who made repeated attempts to kill David, Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam. (1 Kings 11:40)

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On the New Year, Resolutions, and New Starts

As I looked over my Facebook feed for the first time in 2016, I saw a number with good intentions and many with much self-determination. Advice on how to make your goals, “set your intentions,” and make this first day of 2016 the first day of a new you.

It made me realize that the desire for something new is something that God has placed in our hearts. It is part of our makeup, coded into our very cells and innermost desires, that we want and need a fresh start. That desire, that yearning, is part of what draws us to him, that makes us look beyond yourself for the new.

That is the message of the Gospel and God’s promise throughout time, the good news in Christ. In him, we are made new.

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Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter Eggs and Maundy Thursday:  Where Did Our Easter Traditions Come from?

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For the past several days, I’ve been compiling information on local services for Easter and Holy Week.   Aside from the Easter and Christmas Christians, there really are people out there that don’t have a church they would feel comfortable walking into if they felt so led.  This was my little contribution by removing one excuse from the equation.

Is It Really Worth Standing For?

In case you’ve missed it, the internet was shut down in North Korea today, which is the second time in two days, and there is speculation that the U.S. government was responsible.  This is being reported on Fox News, CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, and sites like Wired and Slate.  Along with the speculation is the report that Putin has invited the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un.

Discerning of Spirits in the Bible

In another post on discerning of spirits, I talked about what the gift of discerning of spirits actually is and how that is different from and relates to discernment.  This post is going to cover discerning of spirits in the Bible focusing on scripture that discusses times that the spiritual world interacts with humans.   Since the entire Bible is an account of the interaction between God and man, I’m not going to include accounts of God speaking to man, the appearance of the pre-incarnate Christ, or angels of messengers of God.

Shavout & Pentecost:  A Celebration of God’s Faithfulness

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Do you know what today is?  It is the day of Pentecost.  The anniversary of the beginning of the church and the day the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples waiting for commissioning in Jerusalem.

After Jesus rose on the third day after his crucifiction, he appeared to his disciples and others, explaining many of the Scriptures for the next 37 days.  Forty days after Passover, he ascended into heaven.  Before he did, he told them to preach the Gospel to all nations, but before they went, they were to wait upon the Holy Spirit.

So they went back to Jerusalem and waited.  Waiting, watching, and praying.

Ten days later, on Shavout,  the Holy Spirit fell upon them, baptizing them in spirit and power.

The Fragrance of the Father’s Heart

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Are there certain smells that you associate with specific people?   The smell of Old Spice always reminds me of my dad.  He wore it for years and it was one of my go-to gifts for him for a long time.  Peppermint reminds me of my grandma because she would always give us a peppermint lozenge when she had her coffee.  It was a special thing.

As I mentioned in other posts on detecting scents in the spirit, I try to make a note of what I experience, when it happened, and what was going on.  I try to identify the smell if  I can, but I’m not always able to.  Sometimes it’s a familiar smell, but I just can’t place it.  Sometimes, it’s just not a smell I recognize.

Asking for More Than “Just”

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As I scanned through my Facebook feed the other day, I came across a share from one of my pastors.  It was a photo of a attendance sign at a church that

He is currently on a missionary trip in South America.  I guess, this struck a cord with him because apparently other cultures have trouble understanding our usage of the word “just.”

Hearing God’s Voice : Thoughts & A Review of Discerning the Voice of God

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Sunday, someone in my Bible Study asked me if I could pray for them this week.  She was facing some decisions regarding her job situation. This is something we’ve discussed and prayed about several times over the past year.

It’s not a question of finding a job.  She is very blessed in that it always seems that she has a variety of choices.  The issue is “which” job is the right one for her.

I guess it’s been awhile since we discussed her job.  She had started with a company that was a new launch, that was faith based, and I had thought things were going well.  But she said, “I thought God was leading me to another company.”  She started that job a few weeks ago.  Then she said,

“But I think what I was hearing was something else.”

What Does it Mean to Quench the Spirit?

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Many of us are familiar with the verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:19, “Quench Not the Spirit;” however, not everyone will agree on what it means. There are a few guidelines one should follow when interpreting a passage of Scripture.

The first guideline is to read it in context. Not only in the context of the entire passage, but also in the context of to whom it was written as well as when.

Fighting Discouragement & Why Little Things Matter

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There was a smell and a sense of something that seemed to be moving throughout the room.    I was at the Woodway Campus attending a class called Missio Dei, Mission of God.  A ten week class, each week a featured speaker would share about the ministry they were involved in.  Some were involved in international missions, some national, and others were with local city based missions within in the church.

As I have mentioned before, one thing that I experience on a fairly regular basis is the scent of spirits, which is one way God uses the gift of discerning of spirits in my life.  Sometimes I know what the smell represents.  Other times, it will take experiencing it several times before I can see the common factor and identify the source.

What Was Esau Really After?

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The passage in Genesis 33 is an interesting one. It is an account of Jacob’s return to the land God promised to Abraham after sojourning with Laban for 20 years. (Gen 31:41) It seems to me that during all this time, up unto this point, Jacob was riding on the faith of his fathers.

Yes, he had the experience at Bethel on his way to Paddan-Arm (Gen 28:5) where he would meet his wives and make his fortune where he saw God in a vision and the dream of the stairway to heaven. (Gen 28:10-15) God gave him the promise that he would be with him, but even after that, Jacob’s response was one of questioning, and a little uncertainty.

Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the LORD will certainly be my God.”

Jacob's dream of the stairway to heaven at Bethel

Passover: Promise and Deliverance

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Passover is viewed differently by different people. If you are Jewish, it is one of the main holy feasts that is observed whether you are particularly observant or not. It is part of your cultural identity. If you are a Christian, it may be several things. You may know it from the Exodus story from Sunday School, or you may be familiar with it from how often it is a part of the account of Jesus’s ministry in the New Testament. If you are into Biblical prophecy, both those fulfilled and those yet to come, you see it as one of God’s appointed times and Passover and the surrounding feasts were all fulfilled through Jesus’s death (at the same time as the slaughtering of the sacrificial lamb,) resurrection (on First Fruits,) and the coming of the Holy Spirit (Shavout/Pentecost.)

The Voice of God, the Man of God and the Prophet

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in The Walk | 0 comments

The Voice of God, the Man of God and the Prophet

There is an interesting passage in the book of 1 Kings about the true voice of God, a man of God, and a prophet. It was the in time of the divided kingdom, Jeroboam was the first king of the northern nation of Israel after the people had revolted against Solomon’s successor, Rehoboam (over taxes . . . Go figure.) (1 Kings 12:6-17)

The figure of Jeroboam is a conflicted one. He was told by the prophet Ahijah of the coming divide of the kingdom and that God would give him a portion. (1 Kings 11:26-39) Up to this point, he had been a faithful servant of Solomon; however, Solomon must have heard of this word because like Saul before him who made repeated attempts to kill David, Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam. (1 Kings 11:40)

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Who is Redeemer?

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in The Walk | 0 comments

Who is Redeemer?

Who can redeem us except for God alone? None can redeem even our own thoughts, let alone the sins of our lives without the grace of God. Our thoughts are limited in scope. He is omniscient. (Psalm 147:5) Our words destroy. His bring life. When we follow his plan, often it will not make sense because the greater plan is beyond our understanding. Even the tiny smidge we see is beyond our ken. If we think we have it figured out, it probably isn’t God. Prayer for God’s Will to be Done However, as we walk in faith, we can begin to learn what his work looks like. We can say: I don’t know what you...

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When Dreams Die

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in The Walk | 0 comments

http://www.preaching.com/sermons/11565612/ We know about Abraham’s call by God (Genesis 12:1), but was his father Terah called first? Genesis 11:31-32 states that Terah took Abraham and Lot and set out for Canaan, but “settled” in Haran. This sermon by Brian Harbour examines this passage as well as what it takes to bring a dream to fruition.   We can’t just hear God’s call once, we have to continue to move forward to the vision he has given us and towards the land he has given us (Deut 28:8, Genesis 13:15, Genesis...

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For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

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