July 2017

31 Jul A Miracle-Working Ministry

Why do Vickie and I travel each week to different churches and preach and teach about the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the necessity of every born-again believer having a relationship with the Holy Spirit? The answer is quite simple. Without the infilling of the Holy Spirit, today's believers will never continue Jesus' earthly ministry to this present generation. How important is it that today's believers be baptized in the Holy Spirit? In reading through the Gospels, from the time that Jesus entered into the Temple as a youth until the day that He was baptized in water, we read of no ministry happening. There is no miracle or supernatural teaching to be found during these years. But, after the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus at His water baptism, Jesus was launched into a ministry of the supernatural with signs, wonders, and miracles. Acts 10:38 tells us that His miracle-working power manifested because of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. So, if Jesus was dependent upon the Holy Spirit to fulfill His earthly ministry, how can He continue His ministry today unless His followers too are filled and dependent upon the Holy Spirit! I love how this quote from D.W. Kerr reminds us of Jesus' dependence ...

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03 Jul Smile! You’re the Focus of God’s Picture!

I don't know about you, but when I am included in a group photo, the very first person that I look for when I see the picture is myself. At first, I forget about all of the others in the picture. In fact, I really don't care what the others in the picture look like because my primary focus is on me. (Now, don't get some cocky, hotty-totty attitude. Whether or not you will admit it, you do the very same thing.) Evidently, God knows about our "me" mentality. In reading the Word, when God takes a "picture" of a crowd, we find over and over again God making a promise and immediately directing the attention and pointing His finger to you. In other words, in God's estimation, you are standing out in His picture. Here are just a few examples of you standing out in His "picture" of the sending of the Holy Spirit ...

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