1. Filled by the Spirit?
    05 Jun, 2017
    Filled by the Spirit?
    And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit Ephesians 5:18  I've said this several times before, but it bears repeating . . . the iPhone is a very helpful tool.  Phone. Texting. Calendar.  Internet access. Email. Maps. Notes. Music. Photos. Clock. And all kinds of other things this small contraption can do. It's amazing to have all this ability at the tips of my fingers. There just one problem . . . the battery. The iPhone doesn't have its own power. It
  2. Walk by the Spirit
    13 Jan, 2017
    Walk by the Spirit
    But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 For most people, walking is a normal, everyday part of life.  Walking by the Spirit, however, is a bit more elusive  . . . even to those who advocate it.    When someone asks "what does it mean to walk by the Spirit?" there are usually two reactions that occur. The first reaction is the deer in the headlights look with a few "umm’s", "well’s", and "you know’s" thrown in. The second reaction is
  3. No Confidence in the Flesh
    31 Oct, 2016
    No Confidence in the Flesh
    For we are the real circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3 One of my favorite passages in the Bible is found in Philippians chapter 3. This chapter has been a huge influence on me and has helped me out numerous times in my life. In fact, I come back to Paul's words in this passage often because I need his Spirit-inspired words.  It need those words because they help me focus when I'm confused about what life
  4. Beginning and Ending by the Spirit
    13 Sep, 2016
    Beginning and Ending by the Spirit
    Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Galatians 3:3 Many Christians have this mistaken idea that the beginning of their life as a Christian is all about grace but the continuation of that same Christian life is all about our efforts of working hard to get better. The mistaken part of that thought is not in the first half of the sentence. Nor is the mistake in the truth that God's plan is that we will mature in Christ (i.e., "get better").  The