Holy Spirit: It, Force, or Person?

Below are a collection of select verses from the New Testament (NT) which refer to the Holy Spirit with personal pronouns. The fact that he is referred to as a “he” and not an “it” points to an understanding that the Holy Spirit is in fact a person. If someone were to refer to their own spirit, they would use the word “it,” as in ‘my spirit grew faint, it is dismayed.’ One would not say, ‘my spirit grew faint, he is dismayed.’ Thus, when in the NT the Spirit is referred to always with personal pronouns and never with an “it,” the reader understands that the Spirit is a person and not something else.  Continue reading “Holy Spirit: It, Force, or Person?”

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From Adam to Joseph

In the beginningSince I posted on a genealogy yesterday, I decided to stick with that theme.

There are people who oppose the validity of the accounts of Genesis based on many reasons. One of those reasons is that there was no official written account until Moses set out to record the history of the Israelites. Thus, opponents say that he [Moses] could have written down whatever he wanted, just making it up as he went along. This is extremely unlikely.

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Why are the geneologies of Jesus different in Matthew and Luke?

1944-genealogy-jpg__700x320_q95I know that Christmas is still 73 days away, but since Walmart is already putting stuff out I thought I would too!

Have you ever noticed the genealogies of Jesus in Matthew and Luke are different? Probably not, and to be honest I didn’t either until a few years ago. The real question is “why?” Why are they different? Shouldn’t the list of ancestors leading up to the birth of Jesus be the same? Does the Bible have a mistake? Continue reading “Why are the geneologies of Jesus different in Matthew and Luke?”

10 Ways to Express Gratitude

teaching-kids-to-say-thank-youI was thinking about how the art of gratitude is losing ground. Not only do people not say, “Thank you,” they don’t show thanks either. I find this to be very disheartening. I was raised to say please and thank you, as well as send letters or notes expressing my gratitude. I still do! In fact this week I was thinking back to one of my college professors who helped me though those difficult years. I sent him a short email that expressed my gratitude for his investment in my life. Continue reading “10 Ways to Express Gratitude”

Famous Last Words & Sharing the Gospel

evangelismIt’s no wonder why people are captivated to read famous last words. Last words can distill a lifetime of wisdom, give a final word of comfort, tell a joke, or reveal something unexpected. Here are some of my favoritelast words:

  1. I will hear in heaven. —Beethoven, Composer
  2. I am about to—or I am going to—die: either expression is correct. —Dominique Bouhours, French grammarian Continue reading “Famous Last Words & Sharing the Gospel”

Why Read the Bible?

I often hear these excuses when I ask someone if they have been reading God’s word:
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  • “I’m too busy to read the Bible.”
  • “I already believe in Jesus, why do I need to read more about Him?”
  • “What good will that do?”
  • And my favorite, “I’ve already read most of it.”
Scripture does a great job answering those excuses:

10 Things You Can Do To Destroy Your Faith

What-NOT-to-Do-to-Destroy-Trust-David-DeWolf.jpgI am always asked, “Chris, what can I do to take my faith to the next level.” I have answered that question here a week ago. Mostly, the ways we grow our faith are obvious things that we just don’t do. Today, I decided to make a list of ways to ruin your faith. I tried to do it in a somewhat humorous way–though most of them are far from it. So, if you want to destroy your faith, here is the list:

  1. Stay home from church.
  2. Don’t pray–EVER!
  3. Go to church, but instead of listening, silently judge everyone you see.
  4. Use your Bible as a desk paperweight, but never open it.
  5. When you have the opportunity to sin–do it!
  6. Take God’s name in vain regularly.
  7. Doubt that God can forgive you for something that you have done.
  8. Mistreat each friend and family member at least once a day.
  9. Always point out the sin of others instead of taking care of the sin you have.
  10. Spend the weekend watching TV or playing video games so that you may not accidentally run into that person who God has asked you to share your faith with.

What did I leave out? Let me know by commenting below.

10 Ways to Show the Love of Jesus, Without Being Too Weird

random-acts-of-kindness-banner-1280x750Often Christians think that trying to bring up Jesus, or show someone the love of Jesus has to be weird. What comes to mind is a strange looking person with an awkward smile saying, “Jesus loves you, and so do I!” And while there is not anything necessarily wrong with that, it can come across disingenuous. So, how can believers show the love of Jesus genuinely without being weird? Here are my 10 thoughts Continue reading “10 Ways to Show the Love of Jesus, Without Being Too Weird”