The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

27 Nov Why Pray in the Spirit?

Several years ago, Vickie and I attended a high school class reunion in my hometown of West Columbia, Texas. If you don't know where West Columbia is, it is exactly three miles west of East Columbia, Texas. It was a great time of reconnecting with former classmates, people that I hadn't seen since our high school graduation. The joy of seeing old friends was only surpassed by the incredible Texas barbecue. I have a couple of distinct memories of the reunion. First, my biggest memory of the night was made when I discovered that the invitation's B.Y.O.B. didn't stand for "Bring Your Own Bible". (Just a joke!) The second memory was made when I walked from table to table to talk to my former classmates. I'll never forget spending time at a table with a guy who was known back in our high school days for his enormous love for beer and marijuana. After a few minutes at his table, I could see that things hadn't changed. It was evident that the beer that he was drinking wasn't his first bottle of the night. After a few minutes of conversation, he asked asked about the type of work that I do. Here's the funny part of the memory. When I told him that Vickie and I were ministers, he immediately tried to cover his drunken condition and lifestyle by telling me that the bottle in his hand was the first beer that he had consumed in years. It was easy to see that this was one Texas-size lie. Mind you, I hadn't said a single word about his lifestyle or what he was doing and yet just my presence made him uncomfortable. No sermons were preached or Bible verses quoted. It was my presence that caused him to know that things were wrong in his life. I didn't share this story to place me on a pedestal or berate my friend. The story is just a great illustration that shows the importance of recognizing the abiding presence of the One sent to forever live with and in us. (John 14:16). Brother Kenneth E. Hagin said it best ...

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16 Oct Is There Evidence of the Evidence?

In case you haven't figured this out already, here is an indisputable fact. I absolutely love the Holy Spirit. I love Him as a Person, I love to enjoy His presence, I love to work together with Him, and I love to depend upon Him. Fanatic? Maybe to some. Passionate? A Texas-size yes! Here's another fact. I love to read books and articles written by individuals who are equally passionate about the Holy Spirit. I found such a book when I discovered several years ago a small, 61-page book titled The Phenomena of Pentecost. Each of its five chapters was written by a different Pentecostal legend ...

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02 Oct Holy Spirit Resources

Like many of you, I am an avid reader. I learned early in my ministry that great leaders are great readers and so I have made reading to be both a joy and a discipline in my life. Over my 38 years of ministry, I have accumulated hundreds and hundreds of books and read many of them. In this blog post, allow me to share just a few book titles/authors about the Holy Spirit (I have almost 300 books on this subject) that would be an invaluable blessing to you and worthy of your investment.  I have checked Amazon and can verify that these books are still in print and available. The Holy Spirit and You: Working Together as Heaven's 'Dynamic Duo' by Rick Renner The Holy Spirit: An Introduction by John Bevere Drawing Near by John Bevere Tongues: Beyond the Upper Room by Kenneth E. Hagin How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God by Kenneth E Hagin Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts by Howard Carter Mighty Manifestations: The Gifts and Power of the Holy Spirit by Reinhard Bonnke The Walk of the Spirit - The Walk of Power by Dave Roberson More Power by Bill Juoni The God I Never Knew by Robert Morris The Beginner's Guide to Receiving the Holy Spirit by Quin Sherrer and Ruthanne Garlock Want More? Experience Greater Spiritual Intimacy and Power Through the Holy Spirit Baptism by Tim Enloe Helping Others Receive the Gift: Insights on Spirit Baptism from God's Word and Personal Experience by Tim Enloe The Holy Spirit is Not a Dove by Ty Buckingham An Essential Guide to Baptism in the Holy Spirit by Ron Phillips 70 Reasons for Speaking in Tongues: Your Own Built In Spiritual Dynamo by Bill Hamon Pentecost Lost by Patricia Holland (downloadable)  ...

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18 Sep Explanation Is Needed

Some time ago, I had a pastor call and tell me of another church whose pastor had to explain to the congregation about a demonstration of the Holy Spirit's presence in the Sunday morning service. The pastor calling me thought that it was strange and unnecessary to explain about the workings of the Holy Spirit to a Spirit-filled congregation. Little did this pastor expect that I would side with the need for taking time in the service to explain what had transpired. Here is what I told this pastor. Explanation is always needed ...

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