Holy Spirit


SHALOM! “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ After He said this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. “Again …Continue reading →

Peace That Makes No Sense

PEACE THAT MAKES NO SENSE “‘All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the …Continue reading →


UNTESTED! “When Jesus entered public life He was about thirty years old, the son (in public perception) of Joseph…son of Adam, son of God.” “Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wild. For forty wilderness days He was tested by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and …Continue reading →

The Father’s Blessing

THE FATHER’S BLESSING “There was a lot more of this — words that gave strength to the people, words that put heart into them. The Message! But Herod, the ruler, stung by John’s rebuke in the matter of Herodius, his brother Philip’s wife, capped his long string of evil deeds with this outrage: He put John in jail. “After all …Continue reading →

The Inside Story

THE INSIDE STORY “The interest of the people by now was building. They were all beginning to wonder, ‘Could this John be the Messiah?’ But John intervened: ‘I’m baptising you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you …Continue reading →

Glued By The Holy Spirit

GLUED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT “Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and travelled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit and sang out exuberantly. ‘You’re so blessed among women, and the …Continue reading →

God Inside You

GOD INSIDE YOU “Now it happened that while Apollos was away in Corinth, Paul made his way through the mountains, came to Ephesus and happened on some disciples there. The first thing he said was, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace Him with your …Continue reading →


ROADBLOCKS “They went to Phrygia, and then on through the region of Galatia. Their plan was to turn west into Asia Province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route. So they went to Mysia and tried to go north to Bythinia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn’t let them go there either. Proceeding on through Mysia, they went down to …Continue reading →

What Price Unity?

WHAT PRICE UNITY? “Everyone agreed: apostles, leaders, all the people. They picked Judas (nicknamed Barsabbas) and Silas — they both carried considerable weight in the church — and sent them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, with this letter: “From the apostles and leaders, your friends, to our friends in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Hello! “We heard that some men …Continue reading →

In The Eye Of The Storm

IN THE EYE OF THE STORM “Some of the Jews convinced the most respected women and leading men of the town that their precious way of life was about to be destroyed. Alarmed, they turned on Paul and Barnabas and forced them to leave. Paul and Barnabas shrugged their shoulders and went on to the next town, Iconium, brimming with …Continue reading →