Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit’

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Hello everyone, I’m sorry this took so long to get online but I’ve been putting it off to be honest because I wanted to be sure to get it right. Just today I realized that I should simply get it up, as God has already prepared the hearts of those who are going to read it and find perhaps some more clarity and depth to the Word than they realized. I hope this ongoing study blesses you as much as it does me.

How I’ll Break Up Each Study

A short word is needed to clarify how I’ll arrange each study even though it might in the end seem exceedingly obvious. Basically I’ll take a section of scripture generally no longer than 7 verses and I’ll put the whole scripture at the top of the study. After this I’ll then break it down one verse at a time with the notes following each individual verse. Finally I’ll do a recap of the most important things we’ve learned from the study of this section of scripture.

John 1:1-5

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

(All scripture quotations are from the ESV- English Standard Version of the Bible).

So let’s get to it! Follow me after the break!

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I’m not able to participate in Market Night (Thursday Night downtown in Redlands California) as much anymore seeing as the Lord called me to participate in a Bible Study group that meets on Thursday nights- but I still take the time to help when I can. Last night was one of those nights I had a very enjoyable time sharing God’s Grace with those who came by the booth.

On the Aeropagus banner across the top of the booth are the words Origins-Meaning-Purpose-Destiny, I’ve found that sharing using those four words as a basis to be quite helpful. Discussing these four words objectively can help make sharing your faith a lot easier than it sometimes seems, and let’s be honest sharing ones faith can be very intimidating.

After the break I’ll take each word and break it down into a way to open the way of communication, hopefully you’ll find this post helpful and it will enable you to feel more confident in sharing your faith!

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Celebrating 400 years of the KJV

This year the Christian Church is celebrating 400 years of the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the first bible that truly made it possible for all people to be able to read the Word of God for themselves. Many people still use the KJV in their studies, it is preached from, read from, and held in hands of many who go to church on Sunday (and Saturday). If it wasn’t for the KJV version of the Bible it is questionable whether we would now have even more accurate and arguably clearer version of the Bible like the HCSB and ESV available to us today.

There is no greater book in Christianity to be celebrating than the Bible. Period.

The Bible is the only way to find out all the truth about everything you need to know for a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Period.

Nothing needs to be added to this revelation in fact the Bible says that Jesus himself was the last messenger that God was sending to man. Jesus testimony held all the pieces needed, the Apostles built upon those teachings as they were led by the Holy Spirit, the entirety of the Bible is ALL the information needed…period.

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Today God put a very important topic on my heart- The Signs of the Times- no not the Adventist magazine…but the Signs of the END Times. And how we should be acting as Christians in light of the Word of God. Check it Out!

Until next time…be looking up!

In Christ,

Ross

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As an Adventist most of my time was spent listening to sermons delivered by family and friends that featured a lot of proof texting to prove a point that supported their already held beliefs. I had no idea at the time that I was dangerously unprepared for any kind of Spiritual Warfare that would rear its ugly head in my life. Sure I went out with the knowledge I had, but I might as well have been shooting blanks, I was dangerously under powered. I had practically no knowledge of Biblical truth, while I could feel and sense the oppressive spiritual forces of the enemy constantly on the attack and threatening to overwhelm me.

On the night I was born again as I’ve shared here in the past God allowed me to experience in every sense of the word the spiritual battle that was raging over my eternal Spirit. I was woefully unprepared from a personal standpoint but as I trusted God to never give me more than I could handle I knew there was a reason for the overwhelming nature of the display of God’s true power that night. That reason was a confirmation, the Holy Spirit had been leading my walk for a while by the time the events of this night came around, this night I was to confirm my decision.

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This short video was shown in front of my church this morning. It tells of my faith story as I walk through the desert with Christ and I want to share it with you.

I hope that this might help you in your walk with Jesus Christ.

To God be the glory!

In Christ,

Ross

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A Desert Journey

Desert Experiences
At Trinity Evangelical Free Church Trinity Online we are doing a series of teachings based on the Exodus of the Israelites and their desert experience. As part of the worship experience before each teaching each week we’ve been learning from the Desert Experiences of members of the church body through short 5 minute videos. After seeing the first I talked with Bill Born our worship pastor about sharing my desert story and he was very excited because he thought it was a great idea.
Later last week he sent me an email with 22 questions to answer before we got together last Thursday to shoot the video footage. I have included the questions and answers below in the hopes that they might encourage you if you’re in a desert experience or to you prepare you to experience one.
I hope that God finds you through this post, and that you can enter the rest mentioned in Hebrews Chapter 4, and be at peace no matter what kind of experience you’re going through in your walk with and in Christ.
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I’m writing this article because I want to make a few things clear, if you know friends Adventist or of any other denomination they will probably invite you to church. My first advice is to go, absolutely, do go to church with them.

I advise you to also do the following (things you should do anyway or NOT DO ):

1: Make sure you’ve put on the armor of God and are living your life in Christ.

2: Take a good study Bible with you. (Many Adventists will use plain Bibles or plain Bibles that are Adventist study Bibles in disguise) but showing up with a good study Bible is a must.

3: Listen carefully, taking good notes or a digital recording of the sermon. Make sure you make notes of all Bible passages ( this is something most Adventists don’t do) this enables you to go back later and use the 20/20 study style to see if the verses used were taken out of context.

4: Do NOT whip out a copy of Christianity Today, Christian Century, Proclamation or any other Christian magazine and read it during the sermon so that you don’t listen to the heresy. (I mention this only because I’ve seen my mum whip out her Review and Herald or Signs of the Times magazine and read away during a Calvary Chapel service). God has you there for a reason, He will help you discern the wheat from the chaff in any sermon, and will nourish you in the Spirit. In fact reading a magazine of any variety during a church service is a slap in God’s face, once again, he brought you to that service for a reason.

5: Do engage in discussion, and in discussion let the Holy Spirit lead what you say even if it makes you or those who invited you uncomfortable.

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Of course it’s not really Spurgeon that’s keeping the Devil at bay but my daily putting on the Armor of God, but part of putting on that armor for me recently has been reading a book of 365 devotionals compiled out of sermons preached by the great Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

The book is titled 365 days with Spurgeon Vol. 3 and I picked it up in mint condition from a used bookstore in Redlands California called Katz Alley two weeks ago. The book was compiled by the same gentleman who put together the two previous volumes a man by the name of Dr. Terence Peter Crosby.

I’d advise you to try and find copies of each volume, the third has been fantastic thus far, as you cannot go wrong with Spurgeon as he is a true man of God. I bet God and Spurgeon are having some good times in Heaven right now and this is a man I can’t wait to meet myself.

Over the next few months I will be sharing quotes that really spoke to me from his devotionals (which came from his sermons)- with each quote I will include the sermon number and the date it was preached if the information is available.

Today I’ll start with a quote that reminds me of the false religiosity I escaped when the Lord called me out of Adventism:

I am afraid that in modern religion there is a want of depth in all points; they neither deeply tremble or greatly rejoice; they neither much despair nor much believe. Beware of pious veneering! Beware of religion that consists of putting on a slice of godliness over a mass of carnality. We must have thoroughgoing work within; grace which reaches the core and affects the innermost spirit is the only grace worth having.

Sermon 852  24th of January 1869

Praise God for the earthly greats of the past and the greats that the Lord has graciously led me too in the present who preach the Gospel with Power and Grace, and steadfastly build people up in the truth of all of God’s Word.

In Christ,

Ross

P.S. For some reason the ending quote of my blockquote is gone…oh well.

What do Harold Camping and his followers and Amazing Facts have in common, I’ll tell you in this post. In fact I’ll get it out right now.

Date setting is wrong (Camping), and taking advantage of disillusioned people in the aftermath of said date setting (Amazing Facts) is wrong also.

Don’t Set Dates

Harold Camping and his followers are absolutely certain that Jesus will come for His Bride in May 21 2001. They are so certain that a specific time has also been given of 6 P.M.- time zone I do not know. I do know that they are wrong.

The Bible states that they are unquestionably wrong. It states that no one knows the date or the hour of Jesus return for His Bride but the Father. Harold Camping is not God the Father.

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