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After Pentecost, then what?

  Yesterday was Pentecost, the day that Christians commemorate the pouring out of the Holy┬áSpirit (as told in the book of Acts) and celebrate the birth of the Church. My church has been walking through the book of Acts during our Wednesday night Bible class. We spent a good deal of time developing an understanding of the Holy Spirit’s interactions with the New Testament Church. I’ll summarize it briefly because the rest of the post relies on a clearer understanding. In a nutshell, all who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior have the Holy Spirit living inside of them. Read More

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Are you protected?

Today, I learned some very hard lessons about computer viruses and the software we use to protect ourselves. The only reason the crisis was averted as quickly as it was (and with minimal hair pulling on my part) was because I have a computer genius for a brother. Through this wise sage, I learned that – even with anti-viral software – your computer can still pick up viruses. But wait, there’s more! Your computer can pick up these viruses from legitimate websites – I’m talking Google, CNN, etc. – despite their efforts to keep their sites clean. I also learned Read More

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Do you know where you’re going to?

I was leading a devotional this morning and started talking about following the leading of the Holy Spirit. I’m all about analogies, and the one that came to mind was simply this: These days, many people use some sort of navigational system (GPS, paper map, MapQuest, etc.) when trying to get from point A to point B. If you want to make it to your intended destination, you turn right when the GPS tells you to turn right. As Christians, God speaks to us via our internal navigational system, the Holy Spirit. And we often ignore the instructions and do Read More