Holy Spirit

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 →

Mission Accomplished

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED “No sooner were these words out of Peter’s mouth than the Holy Spirit came on the listeners. The believing Jews who had come with Peter couldn’t believe it, couldn’t believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on “outsider” Gentiles, but there is was — they heard them speaking in tongues, heard them praising God. …Continue reading →

The Church At Rest

THE CHURCH AT REST “Things calmed down after that and the church had smooth sailing for a while. All over the country — Judea, Samaria, Galilee — the church grew. They were permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God. The Holy Spirit was with them, strengthening them. They prospered wonderfully.” Acts 9:31 (The Message). Whew! What a relief! …Continue reading →

Old Wineskins

OLD WINESKINS “‘Judas must now be replaced. The replacement must come from the company of men who stayed together with us from the time Jesus was baptised by John up to the day of His ascension, designated along with us as a witness to His resurrection.’ “They nominated two, Joseph Barsabbas, nicknamed Justus and Matthias. Then they prayed,’ You, O …Continue reading →