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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Jesse is a 7th grader. He comes to Sunday School with his little sister and stays for the church service. Last Sunday, after service, he told me that, at the end of Joe's sermon, he had prayed along with me during the invitation. Hopefully, he confessed Jesus as his Lord and Savior while believing in his heart that Jesus died to pay for his sins and that Jesus rose from the dead.

He had to leave right after service but I presented him with a small booklet and told him that I wanted him to read it. It would offer more details about the prayer we had just prayed together.

He has sent me a short note on myspace to tell me that he hadn't yet read the booklet. So, I wrote back to tell Jesse that I'd like to meet with him to go through the little booklet together. We are baptizing some people on June 25th. Perhaps Jesse will be baptized that day as well.

What a week: Jesse has repeated a sinner's prayer at the conclusion of a local church service. Messengers at the national convention have elected Dr. Frank Page as the President. Onward for the glory of God.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Cathy and I encouraged Jebby yesterday when we dropped off a video tape of the second performance of Brothers. Having retrieved the copy of Night One, we loaned it to a homebound couple who were unable to attend.

If I have learned anything from past years, I will probably get a phone call from newsman Ross Farrow who will want a local opinion of business conducted at the Southern Baptist Convention. So, soon I will do a bit of research and form some reasoned opinions just in case I'm asked. 

click here to begin

official newsroom

a controversial blogger: Wade Burleson

an interview by sbc outpost with Dr. Jerry Sutton

a similar interview with Dr. Frank Page

video-bloggers at the Convention

The outpost site has links to all kinds of different writers and contemporary thinkers. I have only briefly looked over these sites enough to know that I could probably be drawn into all the drama. That could lead to the assertion of my own self-important opinions.

So, here's a worthy diversion:

  "Look, the Lamb of God,
            who takes away the sin of the world!"

a song that said it better then than today...

I thank the Lord for freedom to serve Christ by working alongside others through trusting relationships in small, yet significant ways. The political pressures faced by those (above) who serve in more influential circles is a serious threat to the unguarded heart and mind. My small role in people's lives is enough pressure for me.

Yesterday, I was called to go over to the home of a young believer who was struggling with lifestyle decisions. I prayed with the brother and we acknowledged God's willingness to give leadership in his situation. We also rehearsed the message that Joe preached from Philippians 4 on Sunday. 

At our house, Cathy and I are reminding each other to

        "Rejoice in the Lord always."

I have some assigned reading to complete today. A package came in the mail yesterday containing hardcopy of three documents. Tonight I will sit on the Executive Board of our regional Association and be expected to "intelligently" discuss three documents:

1.  The Work of the Baptist Association:
           An Integrative Study by Lyle E. Mays

2.  Leverage Points for Creating
          the Future of Baptist Associations 

3.  A NAMB Position Paper:
         Associational Design for the Future (June, 2005)

Meanwhile, our national Southern Baptist Convention is meeting in North Carolina. In my blog-reading and other research, I've discovered how vigorously some people are discussing certain issues.  I am reminded afresh that power, greed, pride, and other activities of the flesh sometimes masquerade as a defense of the Faith.

Like so many other preachers, I have my opinions and convictions. However, when I'm in my right mind, I yield my self-confidence to this weighty passage:

   A fool finds no pleasure in understanding
             but delights in airing his own opinions.

                                               Proverbs 8:2

"While Bunyan was thus suffering for Christ, yet enjoying Christ's presence and writing from the fullness of his love in prison, a great multitude of his nonconformist brethren were passing through the fires without. It was a period of peril, persecution, and great tribulation for such as kept an independent conscience and were faithful to God's word. "

The Act of Uniformity being passed the 13th of May, 1662, all ministers were ejected from their livings, and silenced, who would not conform to the established hierarchy, who would not declare their unfeigned assent and consent to all and everything contained and prescribed in and by the Book of Common Prayer, administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the Church."     (Rev. George Cheever)

One description of an ENFP says that it is normal for those 'wired like me' to see connective bridges with everything happening on every level in one's life.

So, as a Yankee by birth (Michigan), I played the role of the Southern preacher in Brothers without trepidation because I sought to understand the purity of the man's motivation. In Jebby's musical, the Preacher is a major voice among the Confederates. The audience doesn't see a counterpart for the Union soldiers but a number of Northern characters are seen as ones who also pray to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As I rehearse certain scenes from church history (including the primary issue which led to the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1845), I will watch the current proceedings from a contemplative distance. Hopefully, I will listen for God's still, small voice and then magnify that which encourages the praying people of God.

Monday, June 12, 2006

has put up a page to help Jebby take Brothers up a notch: click here There will probably be some good still shots and video clips uploaded as they arrive in our INBOX.

   Peace at the Epicenter         (Sunday Night)

Last night, Ruth and Jim had hoped that Tommy Rackley and Joe Andratti would come back for Evening Service. That morning, I had mentioned in the second service, that it was Tommy's seventh Sunday in a row. Ruth had remembered an old, old song speaking of a witness and the fruit of one's testimony. It was entitled "Seven Sundays in a Row". So, Ruth had written some additional lyrics to personalize it for Joe and Tommy. I thank God that the two men came back because the song was a fitting tribute to the ongoing ministry of Veda Rackley. Before I began the biblical exposition for last night's topic, I told one short story from Friday Morning Visitation (season two):

Months ago, Beverly and I had driven to Lodi in order to visit Billye. I had been there before but was relying on my memory as to the house. With some small doubt I said, "I think, maybe, this is the place...."
It wasn't. We had knocked on the door just south of Billye and Martha's place.

A red-haired woman with a thick Russian accent answered the door. She smiled and nodded as I acknowledged that we had come to the wrong house. Then, she took the time to tell us that she was the caregiver for a very sick man in the back room.

Although we had come to the 'wrong' door, I sensed that we had been led there because of the attitude we had expressed in our prayer earlier. We were ushered through the house to the back room to minister to a dying man. It was obvious to us that this frail man was on his deathbed. I don't remember much about our time with him. We may have sung a song; we definitely shared a word of comfort from God's Word. He showed signs of having received that comfort gladly.

Before we left, our 'hostess' introduced herself as Eirene and reminded me that her name mean 'Peace' in Greek. We had a delightful conversation as she shared that she is a professional organist and teaches piano lessons. When we asked her where she lives she said, "Galt" and described her general area.

Last week, Beverly was walking down her street and spotted Eirene. It turns out that she lives at the end of her very street in their small mobile home park. Irene came to visit our church with Beverly last night.

Also, a 21 year old African-American was in attendance and sat next to Miss Parlee. He was seeking God's Comfort because his older brother (24) had unexpectedly died in his sleep. Calvin was in tears much of the time yesterday. I remember the morning that Calvin had prayed for salvation. Although his work schedule had interfered with Sunday attendance, he knew to come to church at the most traumatic time of his young life.

It may have been risky, but I then asked Eirene to come play for us. Before she went to the piano, she told us that in Russia she had attended a Greek Orthodox church which did not use instruments--all singing was acapella. She had heard a British radio broadcast of a church which did use instruments. She prayed that God would someday take her to such a church. but I asked Eirene to play our piano.  The entire congregation opened their hymnals and sang No. 54 together. It was beautiful--to see and to hear. The people of God smiled as we sang in unison--accompanied by the skillful playing of the 88-key instrument.

The Wind gently blew through that gathering as we sang about 'strength for today and bright hope' for tomorrow. Then, I preached an important message from the Bible.

Let those with ears to hear,
 listen to what the Spirit is saying to the local church.

         "How can they hear unless...?"
                            (...unless they are there.)

I have so much to share about God's Movement in all four services (including La Luz de Cristo) but I should try to get some more sleep. It's already 4:30 a.m. and I've been up for about about 1.5 hours.


Sunday, June 11, 2006

Thanks to everyone who came out to support Christ-centered arts in the State Capitol. Jebby and I have been walking in the same direction (spiraling outward) since Cathy and I first moved to this Valley. Years ago I helped him submit a grant proposal to the Sacramento Center for the Arts. Although it was good to organize his background accomplishments for the hardcopy application, it didn't result in winning the grant.

However, soon thereafter, Jebby was offered a position as a contemporary worship leader at the historic church: First Baptist Church of Sacramento. There he eventually found a great number of Christians interested in presenting Christ's message to this culture through the Arts.

Last night the cast and crew pulled together backstage to honor this humble guy. In some ways, Brothers allowed Jebby to work out his life story through writing for the various characters. May the Author of our faith continue to honor that sanctification in all of our lives (including yours).

See you in church today?  Someday soon?  (RSVP)

Saturday, June 10, 2006

If you are anywhere within driving distance of Sacramento, California...please come to see the last performance of Brothers. Friday Night was tremendous. God has gifted His people with this full-length musical.

"Brothers takes place during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and follows the struggle of several families trying to survive amid the destruction of all they have known. As the war progresses through key events in history, each character is forced to examine the source of his or her motivation and strength. Ultimately, each will be challenged to grow as a person learning the role that God has chosen."

Jebby's story works together on multiple levels. God is already using the performed piece to inspire me onward in Christ. I think it will do the same for anyone.
There are several dynamic relationships explored in the interweaving of personal stories.. As the Preacher, I have a vested interest in what happens in the lives of these two important characters:

George Albert George is a young Southern gentleman who marries Rachel just one year prior to the beginning of the Civil War. Happy with his good fortune, George is devoted to his family. As war becomes imminent, he struggle between two powerful calls to action. Should he remain home to care for his family or must he accept his duty to serve the Confederacy? He is surprised that Rachel so strongly objects to his thoughts of becoming a soldier. Resentful of her family's wealth, he mistakenly believes that Rachel's objection comes from being her (Northern) father's daughter. As the nation progresses toward war, he must decide.

Rachel Cobb Albert:  Rachel is the daughter of the influential and wealthy Cobb family. Born and raised in the North, she falls deeply in love with and marries George. All is well until the outbreak of war, when George informs her that he is considering enlistment in the Confederate Army. Frightened by the prospect of losing her husband, the father of her new baby, she implores George to accept a job offer from her father that will take them away from the South.

So, please come.

A must-see...last time tonight.

Click here for a PDF ad for Brothers

        radio promo 1            radio promo 2

Joe Patterson preaches in both services at the Epicenter tomorrow morning (8:30 and 11:00).

Friday, June 9, 2006

I started out just before 5:00 this morning. I wanted to dub a copy of last night's dress rehearsal so I could assess and fine tune the Preacher's role for the 2 evenings ahead.

In Sacramento: Tonight 7:30 pm    Saturday  7:30 pm

Click here for a PDF ad for Brothers

        radio promo 1            radio promo 2

My oldest son, Joe accompanied me to Sacramento and videotaped for me. Before we left I was looking over Daniel's shoulder as he was checking his myspace site. I noticed that he had published a blog and so asked him to click on it for me. It is a transparent accounting to his 'friends' and other observers about recent discipline he has endured in relationship with his parents.

For the time being, I've taken control of Mary's password for her site and am monitoring her inbox and sent files. It isn't easy parenting these days.

I don't really enjoy being on myspace but feel responsible as a parent, and simply as an adult to report all links and highjackers.

Last Sunday night, Pastor Mac rehearsed the old days when our society wouldn't allow such easy access to lewd and lascivious material.

Probably because of my demographic ( I'm an old guy at 48) on myspace, I get targeted by pornographers with their insidious traps to gain paying customers for videos, etc. I've learned to recognize these lures and immediately report them with a note like this:

To Whom It May Concern:

I just received a request to add this group below:

Group URL:  (forward address here)

This GROUP invitation looks like Pornography and SPAM and I don't want stuff like this coming to me. Could you add a feature to 'friends requests' that would allow people to report questionable characters?

Thank you.

Rob Patterson

These efforts may only be a drop in an ocean of degradation, but for this season, I have had to be involved enough to learn what my pastoral conviction needs to be.  Here are a few examples of recent responses from customer care at myspace:


The profiles in question have been deleted.

MySpace       1024

The group and its moderator have been removed.

Thank you,      Myspace       -1009-

The profiles in question has been deleted.

Thank you,
Myspace Support           1004

So far, these facades have been removed within 24 hours. I also have been sending a copy of the traps to two Grandmas I have enlisted to come alongside me on myspace. Their presence helps me remain accountable in such dangerous territory. All three of us are continually reminded of these and other unseen pressures facing those who are maneuvering any age or stage of life in this particular generation.

Regardless of your opinion about how Jesus wants us to represent Him in our setting, I would appreciate knowing that sincere, Spirit-led Christians are praying for me as I try to grow in Christ and walk along the prophetic edge in this culture.

Back to some easier stuff: I stopped by to visit with Veda's son Tommy yesterday. His buddy, Randy Reynolds, was there. The three of us talked with passion about a harvest we yearn to see ahead involving a lost and largely unchurched people group in this area. The men and women we are envisioning as an army arising from this valley's dry bones are between the ages of 45-55. Many of them have a background of drugs and alcohol abuse. Many others are simply in bondage to the mortgage, three cars, and the boat. More of this will be written in this column as we unravel the mystery of La Mancha together.

Note to self: Remember Dr. Brooks once called the Sermon on the Mount: The Impossible Possibility

Right now, I'm running off to have breakfast with the Rotary Club and will then meet Beverly for another exciting episode of Friday Mornings on Visitation.

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Mary rode with Jim Parkinson and me to Sacramento last night for Tech Rehearsal. Historic FBC Sacramento now has computerized lighting in their building at L and 24th. They were programming the different scenes to run automatically, however it was still a long, slow process. We didn't get out until 11:00.

The hours afforded me the opportunity to walk the stage and deliver my lines several times. Also, it gave me some quality Father-Daughter time with Mary. She will be 15 years old on in July. I'm pleased to have had this opportunity to expose Mary to another arts encounter in the church.

Mary will be video-taping the performances on Friday and Saturday nights. On the drive up, Jim and I talked through the plot of this Civil-war era musical and introduced her to the characters. It was valuable to see how this process enhanced Mary's understanding of U.S. history (and the spiritual issues that are always present among people of any era).

Click here for a PDF ad for Brothers

        radio promo 1            radio promo 2

At FBC Sacramento, there are some girls of Latvian descent who also have appeared in Jebby's musicals during the years. Mary has had the opportunity  to interact with Allysa (14) and Christina (16) every year as we have staged  the musical Picture of Jesus. It is great to see these girls continue to give their talents to the Lord's Service.

From June 19-23, I am taking a group of children to a sister church in Wallace to service as the Rally Leaders for their Vacation Bible School. They will perform the music and choreography from Amazon Outfitters.

Through the years, we've been able to assist Dr. Steve Brown with this area of ministry. He specifically requested Mary to be there. I had her talk to Steve on the phone. She agreed to do it. So, Mary and her friend, Christina, will serve as the teen coordinators for the younger kids.

We're still recruiting the Mission Team for that short yet meaningful endeavor. I think that Alexis will come and possibly Katie and Daniel. Maybe Liz's older girls. I'm also hoping to get a couple young people from Families Together in Stockton.

    Anyone else interested?

This Sunday will be Joe's last time with us before he leaves with the New America Singers. Therefore, Joe is going to be our guest preacher at both morning services. In preparation for his sermon, Joe is meditating upon the various songs we sing from Philippians Chapter 4. We sang his new song for Eula and Hugh at their Home Bible Study yesterday morning.

I shared with him my desire to see the Spirit do for today's Christians what He has continually done for those from generations past who have waited upon Him with hopeful expectation.

Consider Simeon's relationship with the Holy Spirit:

  1. Luke 2:26  (very personal revelation)
    It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
  2. Luke 2:27 (movement) Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child...

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Trees Do Clap Their Hands  (view more)


Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Just in from a brother in Texas:
    (I changed some names just in case they are shy...)

Good morning!

Our Africa Missions Team met last night. We had a wonderful time together as we try to discern God’s direction for CoolChurch's involvement with His church in Africa.  We spent time discussing our immediate mission in July to Uganda and Sudan, as well as how we can better communicate with the Body.

When we began to talk about Liberia and the upcoming mission in November, an interesting bit of information surfaced.  Mary (one of our team members) said that she had been in contact recently with a doctor who is training a doctor from Liberia.  Any guesses as to what this Liberian doctor is being trained on currently???  Would it surprise you if we said an ultrasound machine?  Mary is going to get additional contact information about this doctor and also communicate with him about the clinic at Greater Love and the ultrasound machine that is on its way.

I thought you might enjoy that bit of news.  We will pass along additional information as we receive it.

Have a great day!!


My friend, Tom Lane, has recently written some thought-provoking articles for a publication called Living In Tension Alley. Tom is a good writer and seems to express himself well in prose.

click here
for: "Why can't we just plant a tree?"

There's no one else quite like Tom. He used to say that iron sharpens iron. I have to admit, I've been rather dull lately.  Maybe his column was the impetus for wake-up thoughts of other people who have also made an impact upon my life.

Joseph Plair, one of my early mentors, would call the people of God to clap their hands.

"Come on, give the Lord a great big hand clap!"

He was only a few years older than me, but had given his life to the Lord's Service many years before I did. God revealed aspects of His Spirit's Work as I watched this young man live his life before us. I followed Joe's leadership in the Body of Christ. When he said, "C'mon...", I followed. I clapped my hands until they were red (and could actually feel the effect of demonstrative praise to our Creator).

Joseph would quote the Word as he called the people to praise and to worship the King of Kings.

"The trees of the field will clap their hands..."
(click on image to enlarge)

Several years ago, my son (Joe) and I assisted Larry Morrison as we planted four trees on the east side of God's Happy Meal (awat) on the corner of A and Palin. Three remain to this day. Those little trees have grown a great deal. Lately, I've been watching them a little closer than I have in years past. Yes, and I have seen them clap their hands. Their applause is not as thunderous as that stirred up by the Ol' Sequoia Boys (but it does occur with a sound appropriate for their age and development).

Larry had a humble vision for improving the land that God had given us. His version of a landscaping plan included a 2,000 year old hand-hewn redwood cross. Eventually, the old rugged cross he had provided was firmly planted by others on the southside of Our God Box. Glenn Green recently described the powerful effect of taking his little children outside the Box--to gather around that old cross and look upwards.

I haven't talked with Joseph Plair for several years now but I trust that he is continuing to serve God as a pastor for 'a few' called and chosen individuals. Joseph is good at being Joseph in this particular audio selection (as are each of the other trees planted by the water):

 Consider: lyrics

  "psss...Hey Buddy...
        do you know why the trees clap their hands?"

For those with eyes to see and ears to hear it is written in La Mancha Code in Sunday's entry below (...or even less-directly in these lyrics...)

*Jim prophesied today at Royal Oaks.

The Hand of the LORD was upon him. He told his listeners that we are on the edge of a great discovery. As Jim cited the very Word of God, I said, "Amen". I thought about raising my voice as I sometimes do after I have crossed a certain threshold of conviction. However... mmm, you know, it was 'a nursing home' and somehow it didn't seem appropriate to the setting.

Jim hadn't worn his hearing aid today. Perhaps the reason he was raising his voice was, in part, in order to hear himself. Obviously, he thought that his point could be better heard by others if he spoke really loud.

Still, it was hard for some people to discern his words over the ambient noises competing for attention in the Nursing Home. Mary (93) told me later that Jim needs to speak up. She said, "We...we couldn't hear him!"

Well, I heard him just fine...see?  However, the fact that Mary couldn't hear ought to trouble us enough to look deeper: click here

*Jim prophesied today at Royal Oaks...

**Rodger came over last night to share more of the sermon he has developed from Romans 5.

***Jerry said "Yes." I saw him carrying a Teacher's Guide to work with him today. He affirmed that he had told Steve that he would guide a group of teenagers for VBS this summer.

Yeah, Good News makes me wanna...

click here for lyrics to SHOUT!)

Monday, June 5, 2006

God's Word does not return to him empty, right? He accomplishes His purpose by sending forth His Word--no matter what we think we are seeing. At the point of flesh appearing on the dry bones, God told Ezekiel to prophesy to the Wind (read about it).

On Sunday, my spiritual eyes were opened to see some holy glimpses of His Work around me. I can only imagine the far-reaching impact that the Public Reading of Scripture

Joe A. was playing music for the Lord. Bryan came forward to share the news that he will be baptized. He had brought one of his friends to church for the first time. Tommy was back for the sixth week in a row. Four precious girls came up to share how they had prayed with Joyce. The Spirit was moving in the House.

Early this morning, Cathy and I spent some time reviewing the verses below. I will probably select some of these scriptures and elaborate 'why' I chose to include them in this small study of the interaction between my (your) spirit and His Spirit.

Maneuvering some of the software terrain is keeping me from posting these links elsewhere. I would prefer to save the space in this column. For now, however, I'll leave the spirit-verses right here.

Pastor Hendon and his youth group were a great blessing to us again last night. I'm intending to meditate upon his message throughout the day. I wish that others could have also received what the Spirit was saying to the called out ones.

Hey, may God have His Way with each of you today. Take a deep breath. If you've got time to listen to a song, here's one that I'm gonna listen to:

Audio: Don't Allow Frustration

..and here are the lyrics

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Perhaps this is a bit much for one entry but I'd like you all to have a chance to experience the Wind on Pentecost Sunday. Go ahead and click on the link of any passage that stirs you:

(Thanks to www.biblegateway.com)

Genesis 1:2
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Exodus 31:3-6
and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you:  

Matthew 1:18
[ The Birth of Jesus Christ ] This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 3:11
"I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
  1. Matthew 3:16
    As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.
  2. Matthew 4:1
    [ The Temptation of Jesus ] Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
  3. Matthew 10:20
    for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
  4. Matthew 12:18
    "Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
  5. Matthew 12:28
    But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
  6. Matthew 12:31
    And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
    Matthew 22:43
    He said to them, "How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him 'Lord'? For he says,
  7. Matthew 27:50
    And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
  8. Matthew 28:19
    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
  9. Mark 1:12
    At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert,
  10. Mark 12:36
    David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit, declared: " 'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet." '
  11. Mark 13:11
    Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
  12. Mark 14:38
    Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
  13. Luke 1:15
    for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.
  14. Luke 1:17
    And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
  15. Luke 1:35
    The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
  16. Luke 1:41
    When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
  17. Luke 1:67
    [ Zechariah's Song ] His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:
  18. Luke 2:25
    Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
  19. Luke 2:26
    It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
  20. Luke 2:27
    Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
  21. Luke 3:16
    John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

    Luke 4:1
    [ The Temptation of Jesus ] Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit , returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert,
  22. Luke 4:14
    [ Jesus Rejected at Nazareth ] Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.
  23. Luke 4:18
    "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,

    Luke 10:21

    At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit , said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
  24. Luke 11:13
    If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

    John 1:33

    I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'
  25. John 3:5
    Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
  26. John 3:6
    Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
  27. John 3:8
    The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
  28. John 3:34
    For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
  29. John 4:23
    Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
  30. John 4:24
    God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
  31. John 6:63
    The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
  32. John 7:39
    By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
    John 14:15
    [ Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit ] "If you love me, you will obey what I command.
  33. John 14:17
    the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 
  34. John 14:26
    But the Counselor, 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.
  35. John 15:26
    "When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.
  36. John 16:5
    [ The Work of the Holy Spirit ] "Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'
  37. John 16:13
    But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
  38. John 16:15
    All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.
  39. John 19:30
    When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
  40. John 20:22
    And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
  41. Acts 1:2
    until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
  42. Acts 1:5
    For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
  43. Acts 1:8
    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
  44. Acts 1:16
    and said, "Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus—
  45. Acts 2:1
    [ The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost ] When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
  46. Acts 2:4
    All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
  47. Acts 2:17
    " 'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
  48. Acts 2:18
    Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
  49. Acts 2:33
    Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
  50. Acts 2:38
    Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  51. Acts 4:8
    Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of the people!
  52. Acts 4:25
    You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: " 'Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
  53. Acts 4:31
    After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
  54. Acts 5:3
    Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?
  55. Acts 5:9
    Peter said to her, "How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also."
  56. Acts 5:32
    We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit , whom God has given to those who obey him."
  57. Acts 6:3
    Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them
  58. Acts 6:5
    This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.
  59. Acts 6:10
    but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke.
  60. Acts 7:51
    "You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!
  61. Acts 7:55
    But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
  62. Acts 8:15
    When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit,

  63. Acts 8:16
    because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
  64. Acts 8:17
    Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
  65. Acts 8:18
    When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money
  66. Acts 8:19
    and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
  67. Acts 8:29
    The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it."
  68. Acts 8:39
    When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.
  69. Acts 9:17
    Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit."
  70. Acts 9:31
    Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.
  71. Acts 10:19
    While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Simon, three men are looking for you.
  72. Acts 10:38
    how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
  73. Acts 10:44
    While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.
  74. Acts 10:45
    The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.
  75. Acts 10:47
    Then Peter said, "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have."
  76. Acts 11:12
    The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man's house.
  77. Acts 11:15
    "As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.
  78. Acts 11:16
    Then I remembered what the Lord had said: 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'
  79. Acts 11:24
    He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
  80. Acts 11:28
    One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)
  81. Acts 13:2
    While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
  82. Acts 13:4
    [ On Cyprus ] The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.
  83. Acts 13:9
    Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit , looked straight at Elymas and said,
  84. Acts 13:52
    And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit .
  85. Acts 15:8
    God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.
  86. Acts 15:28
    It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 
  87. Acts 16:6
    [ Paul's Vision of the Man of Macedonia ] Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.
  88. Acts 16:7
    When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.
  89. Acts 19:2
    and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
  90. Acts 19:6
    When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
    Acts 20:22
    "And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.
  91. Acts 20:23
    I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.
  92. Acts 20:28
    Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
  93. Acts 21:4
    Finding the disciples there, we stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.
  94. Acts 21:11
    Coming over to us, he took Paul's belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, "The Holy Spirit says, 'In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.' "

    Acts 28:25

    They disagreed among themselves and began to leave after Paul had made this final statement: "The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet:
  95. Romans 1:4
    and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
  96. Romans 1:11
    I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spirit ual gift to make you strong—
  97. Romans 2:29
    No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise is not from men, but from God.
  98. Romans 5:5
    And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
  99. Romans 7:6
    But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
  100. Romans 8:1-5
    Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
    Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
  101. Romans 8:6
    The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;
  102. Romans 8:9
    You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
  103. Romans 8:11
    And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
  104. Romans 8:13
    For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
  105. Romans 8:14
    because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 
  106. Romans 8:15
    For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."
  107. Romans 8:16
    The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.
  108. Romans 8:23
    Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
  109. Romans 8:26
    In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
  110. Romans 8:27
    And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit , because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.
  111. Romans 9:1
    [ God's Sovereign Choice ] I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit
  112. Romans 14:17
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

    Romans 15:13

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Romans 15:16
    to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
  113. Romans 15:19
    by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.
  114. Romans 15:30
    I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.
  115. 1 Corinthians 1:7
    Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
  116. 1 Corinthians 2:4
    My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,

    1 Corinthians 2:10

    but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
  117. 1 Corinthians 2:11
    For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
  118. 1 Corinthians 2:12
    We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
  119. 1 Corinthians 2:13
    This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
  120. 1 Corinthians 2:14
    The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
  121. 1 Corinthians 3:1
    [ On Divisions in the Church ] Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ.
  122. 1 Corinthians 3:16
    Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

    1 Corinthians 6:11

    And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
  123. 1 Corinthians 6:19
    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

    1 Corinthians 7:40

    In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is—and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
  124. 1 Corinthians 9:11
    If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?
  125. 1 Corinthians 10:3
    They all ate the same spiritual food
  126. 1 Corinthians 10:4
    and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.
  127. 1 Corinthians 12:1
    [ Spiritual Gifts ] Now about spirit ual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.
  128. 1 Corinthians 12:3
    Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.
  129. 1 Corinthians 12:4
    There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit .
  130. 1 Corinthians 12:7
    Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
  131. 1 Corinthians 12:8
    To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
  132. 1 Corinthians 12:9
    to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,

    1 Corinthians 12:11

    All these are the work of one and the same Spirit , and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
  133. 1 Corinthians 12:13
    For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
  134. 1 Corinthians 14:1
    Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
  135. 1 Corinthians 14:2
    For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.
  136. 1 Corinthians 14:12
    So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spirit ual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.
  137. 1 Corinthians 14:14
    For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
  138. 1 Corinthians 14:15
    So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit , but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.
  139. 1 Corinthians 14:16
    If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?
  140. 1 Corinthians 14:32
    The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.
  141. 1 Corinthians 14:37
    If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord's command.
    2 Corinthians 1:22
    set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
  142. 2 Corinthians 3:3
    You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
  143. 2 Corinthians 3:6
    He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
  144. 2 Corinthians 3:8
    will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?
  145. 2 Corinthians 3:17
    Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
  146. 2 Corinthians 3:18
    And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

    2 Corinthians 5:5

    Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
  147. 2 Corinthians 6:6
    in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
    2 Corinthians 13:14
    May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
  148. Galatians 3:2
    I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?
  149. Galatians 3:3
    Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
  150. Galatians 3:5
    Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?
  151. Galatians 3:14
    He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
  152. Galatians 4:6
    Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
  153. Galatians 4:29
    At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.
  154. Galatians 5:5
    But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. 
  155. Galatians 5:16
    [ Life by the Spirit ] So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
  156. Galatians 5:17
    For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit , and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
  157. Galatians 5:18
    But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. 
  158. Galatians 5:22
    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
  159. Galatians 5:25
    Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
  160. Galatians 6:1
    [ Doing Good to All ] Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
  161. Galatians 6:8
    The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

    Ephesians 1:13

    And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
  162. Ephesians 1:17
    I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

    Ephesians 2:18

    For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
  163. Ephesians 2:22
    And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
  164. Ephesians 3:5
    which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets.
  165. Ephesians 3:16
    I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
  166. Ephesians 4:3
    Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
  167. Ephesians 4:4
    There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—
  168. Ephesians 4:30
    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
  169. Ephesians 5:18
    Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
  170. Ephesians 5:19
    Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
  171. Ephesians 6:12
    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
  172. Ephesians 6:17
    Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit , which is the word of God.
  173. Ephesians 6:18
    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
  174. Philippians 1:19
    Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.
  175. Philippians 2:1
    [ Imitating Christ's Humility ] If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
  176. Philippians 3:3
    For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—
  177. Colossians 1:8
    and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
  178. Colossians 3:16
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
  179. 1 Thessalonians 1:5
    because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.
  180. 1 Thessalonians 1:6
    You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.
  181. 1 Thessalonians 4:8
    Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
  182. 1 Thessalonians 5:19
    Do not put out the Spirit's fire;

    2 Thessalonians 2:13

    [ Stand Firm ] But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
  183. 1 Timothy 3:16
    Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
  184. 1 Timothy 4:1
    [ Instructions to Timothy ] The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
    Titus 3:5
    he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

    Hebrews 2:4

    God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
  185. Hebrews 3:7
    So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice,
  186. Hebrews 6:4
    It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,
  187. Hebrews 9:8
    The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.
  188. Hebrews 9:14
    How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
  189. Hebrews 10:15
    The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
  190. Hebrews 10:29
    How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
  191. 1 Peter 1:2
    who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
  192. 1 Peter 1:11
    trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.
  193. 1 Peter 1:12
    It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

    1 Peter 4:14

    If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
  194. 2 Peter 1:21
    For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
  195. 1 John 3:24
    Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

    1 John 4:2
    This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
  196. 1 John 4:6
    We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
  197. 1 John 4:13
    We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
  198. 1 John 5:6
    This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
  199. 1 John 5:8
    the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
  200. Jude 1:19
    These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
  201. Jude 1:20
    But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
  202. Revelation 1:10
    On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
  203. Revelation 2:7
    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
  204. Revelation 2:11
    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.
  205. Revelation 2:17
    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
  206. Revelation 2:29
    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

    Revelation 3:6

    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
  207. Revelation 3:13
    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
  208. Revelation 3:22
    He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
  209. Revelation 4:2
    At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
  210. Revelation 14:13
    Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."
  211. Revelation 17:3
    Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.

    Revelation 21:10

    And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
  212. Revelation 22:17
    The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

Saturday, June 3, 2006

After our men's prayer meeting, I had an online chat with Pastor Wesley in Liberia. I assured him that I know of people here who are continually praying for the education and welfare of his nation's children.

If you look beneath the blackboard, you will notice that there is another classroom of kids sitting perpendicular to these particular children. In prayer this morning, Jim Fugate envisioned the nation twenty years from now. There is a vision that these children are well-educated and taught about the love of Jesus Christ.

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Yesterday, my son, Daniel, came to our own humble sanctuary to help me get ready for Sunday morning.
Daniel has dedicated himself to the public reading of Scripture in Sunday's first service, so I am excited at the prospect of God's Word doing its work in all of our lives.

'Breathing Life into Dry Bones' will be a reminder of the Holy Spirit's ministry from Genesis to Revelation. I'm hoping to see Bryan Ryan at the laundromat again this morning. I talked with David Striefel about the possibility of him helping to disciple this group of men who have recently experienced God's Movement in their lives.

Later today, Jim Parkinson and I are driving to Sacramento to rehearse for Jebby's latest musical: Brothers.

Friday, June 2, 2006

Beverly and I will soon leave for our Friday Visitation routine. Today, we plan to visit a dear man who has suffered silently for quite some time. His wife of many years passed away in 2004 and now he is suffering an additional affliction added to that which he has endured for years. Our Sunday Worship services have been emphasizing the altar of prayer. Sunday, many of his friends gathered around to pray for him.

On Wednesday night I learned from Mike Harlan that one of his neighbors seemed open to his witness. He was speaking highly of our church family and she seemed interested. So, we will try to stop by and visit her too. Last week, Cathy and I visited a man my age in the hospital. He is the son of one of our senior ladies. Perhaps we will be able to visit with him and share God's love in a way that he will understand.

I have the cutest phone message saved on my cell phone. It is from Alexis and was sent on Wednesday night--just prior to our Bible Study. In the message, she is serving as the spokesperson for the three other girls gathered around the phone. Alexis excitedly informs me that they can't wait until I get there. They have been praying about being baptized.

"We prayed five times...forty times...
            We've been praying a lot today!"

I didn't hear that message until Thursday but it really brought great JOY to my heart. For years, H. B. London has been warning pastors to 'watch out for the joy-suckers'. I admit that, for some reason, I seem drawn to the joy-suckers in the day-to-day. So, I pressed "SAVE" for that brief joy-stirring message from Alexis.

Last night's music practice was a joy-stirrer as well. Rodger's old friend, Joe Andratti, was there again to learn our songs for this coming Sunday. We spoke about the worthiness of certain songs to bring to the Table for God's people to hear, to sing, and to 'SAVE' in their hearts for later. All of us old-timers (including Greg Bayles, 20) knew that we were on holy ground as we watched practical discipleship taking place.

We closed with a circle prayer. Each team member prayed spontaneously. As I consider these simple steps of personal faith in this eighth day, I sense the voice of the indwelling Spirit declaring that

      "It is good."

Joy is stirred up as I survey the entire orchard and see the signs of budding new growth amidst the older fruit trees!

May God stir up joy and the other fruit of the Spirit in your experience today.

June 1, 2006

Today, I will try to do some long overdue housekeeping and organizing. Jebby had to cancel our walk because the pressures of final preparations for his latest musical are closing in.

It has been an extra commitment of time to rehearse with the gang. I thought I was taking a 'bit part' when I told Jebby that I'd accept the role of the Preacher. However, he had added quite a bit to the role since the first performance of Brothers took place (three years ago). 

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Last night, at a home fellowship, four of our church children prayed with Joyce and Aimee Sayre to receive Christ as their Savior. We have been watching them all grow up together in Sunday School and Children's Church. The movement of God's Spirit in their young lives is a breath of fresh air to keep our Body's bones from drying out.

Thank you, Mike Harlan, for guiding our discussion last night. We considered the importance of a long, deep breath of God's Spirit:  click here for Ezekiel 37:1-14

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Years ago, I experienced a season of praying
this prayer daily. I was taught that I could personalize each phrase and make direct application
to the situations that we were facing
that very day.

Sometimes those prayers are all-important
to what will be revealed next.

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