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    "Do Not Quench the Spirit"

    The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze— so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it. The sense of warning and restraint that the Spirit gives comes to us in the most amazingly gentle ways. And if you are not sensitive enough to detect His voice, you will quench it, and your spiritual life will be impaired. This sense of restraint will always come as a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), so faint that no one except a saint of God will notice it.

    Living Truth

    Ever wanted to live like a monk? Thirty-four young adults did, accepting an offer from the Archbishop of Canterbury to embrace a countercultural, monastic way of life for ten months. From varied nations and denominations, the group formed a community that studied the Scriptures, prayed, and served together. At the end of their time, one participant stated, “We’ve spent time growing in intimacy with God, learning from Jesus and listening to the Holy Spirit.”

    Sweet Company

     

    The elderly woman in the nursing home didn’t speak to anyone or request anything. It seemed she merely existed, rocking in her creaky old chair. She didn’t have many visitors, so one young nurse would often go into her room on her breaks. Without asking the woman questions to try to get her to talk, she simply pulled up another chair and rocked with her. After several months, the elderly woman said to her, “Thank you for rocking with me.” She was grateful for the companionship.

    Before He went back to heaven, Jesus promised to send a constant companion to His…

    The Life To Know Him

    The disciples had to tarry, staying in Jerusalem until the day of Pentecost, not only for their own preparation but because they had to wait until the Lord was actually glorified. And as soon as He was glorified, what happened? “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear” (Acts 2:33). The statement in John 7:39 — “. . . for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified”— does not pertain to us.

    Testing for Truth

    We’ve had some uninvited houseguests for years. I’m talking about ants. Although we’ve tried to make it clear that they’re unwelcome, they keep coming over unannounced. We’ve found only one thing that prevents them from stopping by every day—a mixture of poison and sugar sprinkled around the perimeter of our home. Combining the two ingredients means that the ants gobble up the toxin along with the sweet stuff, and experience the lethal results.

    Starting Small

    The only thing Julius Kettle didn’t enjoy about returning home from boarding school on weekends was the countless rocks he had to gather. His father was gradually turning their family farm into a structure that looked much like a castle, built from the rocks of the land—rocks that Julius had to collect. Years later my folks bought the property, and when I now look at the castle-house, I can’t help but marvel at how skillfully it was crafted.

    God’s Total Surrender to Us

    For God so loved the world that He gave… —John 3:16

    Salvation does not mean merely deliverance from sin or the experience of personal holiness. The salvation which comes from God means being completely delivered from myself, and being placed into perfect union with Him. When I think of my salvation experience, I think of being delivered from sin and gaining…

    Are You Fresh for Everything?

    Sometimes we are fresh and eager to attend a prayer meeting, but do we feel that same freshness for such mundane tasks as polishing shoes?

    Being born again by the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind, and as surprising as God Himself. We don’t know where it begins— it is hidden away in the depths of our soul. Being born again from above is an enduring, perpetual, and eternal beginning. It provides a freshness all the time in thinking, talking, and living— a continual surprise of the life of God.

    The Voice of the Nature of God

    When we talk about the call of God, we often forget the most important thing, namely, the nature of Him who calls. There are many things calling each of us today. Some of these calls will be answered, and others will not even be heard. The call is the expression of the nature of the One who calls, and we can only recognize the call if that same nature is in us. The call of God is the expression of God’s nature, not ours. God providentially weaves the threads of His call through our lives, and only we can distinguish them. It is the threading of God’s voice directly to us over a certain concern, and it is useless to seek another person’s opinion of it.

    The Holy Spirit gives us that true sense of belonging

    Do you ever feel like you’re alone in this world? Today on Discover the Word, the group will reveal why the Holy Spirit can give us that true sense of belonging that we all crave. Find hope in the truth that you’re a child of God, accepted, beloved, and part of a family! Hear a […]

    Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so we could be people of truth

    What if you desperately needed a person’s help, but they weren’t available? But what if that person sent someone else, a person who was just like them? Today on Discover the Word, we discuss how Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so we could be people of truth, revealing Jesus in a world filled with deceit […]

    The unique role of the Holy Spirit as our Helper

    Have you ever needed an attorney—an advocate to go before the judge on your behalf? It’s great to have someone help us when we can’t help ourselves. Today on Discover the Word, we will discuss the unique role of the Holy Spirit as our Helper, our Comforter, and our Advocate. Listen today on Discover the Word!

    How do you view the Holy Spirit?

    “May the force be with you!” is one of the most quoted lines from Star Wars. And it’s also how many people think about the Holy Spirit—as an impersonal force. Well, today on Discover the Word, the group will reveal why we believe the Holy Spirit is very much a person, not an “it”! Be […]

    “The Power of the Spirit”

    The Trinity—God being three-in-one—is a hard concept to grasp. On one level, it’s impossible to fully comprehend this divine mystery. And yet, each member of the Godhead has a unique place in our lives, including the Person of the Holy Spirit! Today on Discover the Word, the group will begin this week’s series called, “The […]

    How Can I Be Filled With The Holy Spirit?

    Find sound, practical answers to the questions you have about the Holy Spirit as author Herb Vander Lugt examines Scripture to help you gain clarity about what it means to live a Spirit-filled life. Discover how putting Christ at the center of your life, reading His Word, submitting to His will, and having complete trust in His promises can show evidence of His Spirit operating in your life.