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#2: Refocusing 0

#2: Refocusing

Yes, sometimes we need to be refreshed. Of this there is no doubt. Not only is it desirable, it is biblical. But for it to remain biblical, our refreshing must come from God, and nowhere else. Once we seek, and have received our refreshing from the Lord, yes, there is still more to do. “There is more to do” is a line that threatens people. The first thing some will think is, “legalism!”, “works-based faith and redemption!” And while these phrases should rightly so make our spiritual spider-sense tingle, it is a sure sign of an under-fed, immature Christian to...

Step #1: Refreshing 2

Step #1: Refreshing

God really spoke to me earlier this month at the Calvary Chapel annual Sr. Pastor’s Conference. Since then, His word and Holy Spirit have been working in really cools ways, and changing people’s lives and faith. I really look forward to more of the same as we move forward in our growth as individual believers, and as God grows our church. This devotional is the first in a series of three that are designed to offer a God ordained path towards getting yourself and your walk with God back where you want it, and where it ought to be. This...

Holy Spirit; Come. 1

Holy Spirit; Come.

We have probably all sung a hymn or worship song at church, or have prayed a prayer, or have heard a pastor or church leaders pray for the working of the Holy Spirit in your church or in your person. We do this because we have been asked to do so. We know that the Holy Spirit is god, and is currently not just with us, but IN us as a gift from the Father because of the work of Jesus on the cross. As mature believers, we crave the Holy Spirit working, and seeing Him perform in big or...



Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” I’ve been away for a week at the Calvary Chapel Sr. Pastor’s Conference (CC-SPC). It is always an encouraging time of feeding on the word and encouragement. I have been looking through my notes, and my head is still reeling! It’s so nice as a pastor to just go and get pastored to by other pastors. Encouraging and humbling just the same. The theme...

Greatly to be Praised 0

Greatly to be Praised

Psalm 145:3   Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.   A recent series of devotionals I have been tacking from the teachings of A. W. Tozer, perhaps best known for his books on the Holiness of God such as “Pursuit of God” and others, has touched off and on for the last week or so on worship. What worship should be, what once was, and what now has become were the basic topics.   Today in some many churches we seem to have gone to extremes. While some have made worship pedestrian,...

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