The Holy Spirit of Pentecost

September 25, 2018

Spiritually Fit and Ready to Go!

So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives.  Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing.  You didn’t know any better then; you do now.  1 Pet. 1:13-14 (The Message) If you […]

September 18, 2018

Strategies for Spiritual Fitness

“Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.”  1 Cor. 9:24 (NRSV) In the beginning of this series, I shared that I have been using an activity tracker to improve my overall physical fitness.  The […]

September 11, 2018

Becoming World Class Believers

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of […]

September 4, 2018

God’s Guide to Spiritual Fitness

For whom He (God) foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Romans 8:29 (NKJV) This week we will continue our teaching on spiritual fitness by describing what it looks like in the believer’s life. Examples of spiritual fitness can […]

August 28, 2018

Are You Spiritually Fit? Part 2

How did you do on your spiritual fitness assessment?  Are you spiritually flabby?  Do you need to add a few more exercises to help build up your spiritual muscles?  Like physical fitness, if you want to grow stronger, spiritually, you’ll need to be intentional in your “workouts”.  But why?  Why should believers care about being […]

August 21, 2018

Are You Spiritually Fit? Part 1

“For, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”  1 Timothy 4:8   (NRS) For the last 90 days, I’ve been on a journey to wellness.  It began as a result of a minor physical irritation that eventually developed […]

August 15, 2018

Discovery While Desperately Seeking

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. Psalm 63:5  (NKJ) Our series, Desperately Seeking, has focused on what people frantically pursue yet never seem to acquire.  It is in pursuing worldly counterfeits that a vicious circle of dissatisfaction and discontentment is created.  While […]

August 6, 2018

Desperately Seeking Happiness

“Then He (Jesus) began to speak, and taught them.” Matthew 5:2 (NRS) At the top of the list of things people desperately seek is happiness.  Kirk Franklin, gospel extraordinaire, several years ago shared this need in a song that expresses the frustration people feel in their attempt to find happiness.  Exasperated with their situation, they […]

July 31, 2018

Desperately Seeking the Will of God

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2 (RSV) In our initial teaching, Life Lived Desperately Seeking, we identified those things that […]

July 24, 2018

Desperately Seeking Righteousness

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Matt. 6:33 (NRS) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. Matt. 5:6   (NRS) In the movie the Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith plays Chris Gardner, a desperate individual endeavoring to save […]

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