We often say that “God is everywhere.” Or that He is “omnipresent,” which means that He is present throughout the universe. “
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‘Am I a God near at hand, . . . and not a God afar off? . . . Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ ” (Jer. 23:23-24, NKJV). David understood, too, that nobody can flee from God (Psalm 139). Indeed, as Paul argues, God is close to everyone, at least in a spiritual [...]
I received a tortured call one evening. “Horrible things are happening, my life is coming unraveled,” the caller said, spilling out a litany of disasters that tangled financial loss, physical illness, family estrangement, and psychological despair.
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“Your addiction is catching up with you,” I said. The dialog between the two of us had been protracted, painful and interspersed with angry telephone clicks when my frankness offended him. Now he wept brokenly.
“You must get help.”
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There is a trick question I love to ask people. What was the tallest mountain in the world before Mount Everest was discovered? I get all kinds of answers, like “Mount McKinley “and so forth, but you know what the answer is? Mount Everest!
Mount Everest was the tallest mountain in the world (Now I know a lot of geography buffs are going to tell me there are even taller mountains in the depths of [...]
Quarter 4, 2013, Introduction:
The Picture of Salvation
by: Martin Pröbstle
Unquestionably, the greatest revelation of the love and character of God was at the cross, where the Lord offered Himself in the person of Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for the sins of a world that never had to sin to begin with. To help us to understand better what this great sacrifice meant, God devised the earthly sanctuary, a pictorial representation of the plan of salvation. This earthly sanctuary, however, only [...]
“The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers have exerted their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully comprehending the truth or from yielding obedience. Now the rays of light penetrate everywhere, the truth is seen in its [...]
Marquan loves Jesus and wants everyone to know about Him. When he was 5, he wanted to learn to read so he could read the Bible for himself. One day he asked his pastor for a job at church. The pastor invited him to tell the children’s story. Marquan did a good job and was invited to speak more often. Then one day the pastor asked him to preach.
“Me? I’m only 8 years old,” Marquan said, surprised.
“It doesn’t matter how [...]
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[Thought questions for The Promised Revival: God's Mission Completed September 25, 2013]
1. Up, Up, and Away. Billions of dollars have been spent over the years to explore space. The stated purposes vary from wanting to find other inhabitable worlds due to solve an over-populated earth to discovering new energy sources. Both Christians and non-Christians believe there is more to the universe than instruments or travel can discover. Some, however, are a bit skeptical. It [...]
The entire book of Revelation can be summarized in just a few words: Jesus wins, Satan loses .
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Read Revelation 12:17; 17:13-14; 19:11-16. What is the central message of these passages?
Here is good news: the same Jesus who defeated Satan on the cross will come again and triumph over the powers of hell and put a full end to evil (Rev. 19:19-21; Ezek. 28:18-19). Evil will not have the last word. Poverty and pestilence will not have the last word. [...]
Both the Old and New Testaments use a variety of symbols, such as water, wind, and oil, to describe the work of the Holy Spirit.
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John the Baptist links another image, that of fire, to the work of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:11,Luke 3:16).
There are many who have misunderstood John’s statement. The passage does not say, “‘He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit or with fire’” (NKJV) . It says, “He will baptize you with [...]
Key Thought : Jesus promise of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain enables His people to complete His mission on earth.
[Teaching plan for God's Mission Completed September 23, 2013]
1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 28:18-20.
a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What does it mean that Jesus will be with you always, even to the end of the age?
c. Personal Application : In what ways, in [...]
What do the following texts tell us about the preparation needed in order to receive the Holy Spirit’s power in its fullness?
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Acts 1:14,Zech. 10:1, Acts 3:18-20, 4:31, Ps. 119:25,John 6:63.
The Scriptures invite us to ask God for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13). The disciples believed Christ’s promise, waited in unity, and prayed for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8,14). The reason that God asks us to pray for the Holy Spirit is not because He is unwilling to [...]
Both the Old and New Testament use the symbolism of water to represent the Holy Spirit.
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The prophet Isaiah quotes the words of our Lord, “‘“I will pour water on him who is thirsty. . . . I will pour My Spirit on your descendants”’” (Isa. 44:3, NKJV). Isaiah uses a common Hebrew literary device called parallelism. The second phrase in the passage explains the first. The prophet Joel also discusses the symbolism of water. God [...]