Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.—1 Corinthians 12:4-6 The time is more than ripe for a rethinking of the whole matter of spiritual gifts…

The Power God Recognizes

The Power God Recognizes “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord, “who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.” —Isaiah 30:1 The continued neglect of the Holy Spirit by evangelical Christians is too evident to deny and impossible to…

Dead Churches

Dead Churches …These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.” —Revelation 3:1 I think we are going to have to restudy this whole teaching of the place of the Holy Spirit…

A Living Person Is Present

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. —Hebrews 11:6 A loving Personality dominates the Bible, walking among the trees of the garden and breathing fragrance over every scene. Always a…

Less Than Trinitarian

Less Than Trinitarian The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.—2 Corinthians 13:14 Our blunder (or shall we frankly say our sin?) has been to neglect the doctrine of the Spirit to a point where we virtually deny Him…

Wild-eyed Fanatics

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.—1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 This is a crude illustration, but let me tell you what we did after planting a field of corn when I was a young fellow in Pennsylvania. To save the field of corn from the crows,…

Buried Under the Snow

Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.—Matthew 13:58 How many blessed truths have gotten snowed under. People believe them, but they are just not being taught, that is all. I think of our experience this morning. Here was a man and his wife, a very fine intelligent couple from…

The First Step Down

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. —Ephesians 3:20-21 So necessary to the Church is a lofty concept of God…

Some Other Time

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.—John 14:12 “You will receive power” (Acts 1:8a). “Eagerly desire the greater gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31a). Anything that God has ever done…

Retarded Spiritual Progress

Retarded Spiritual Progress I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. —Psalm 119:15-16 Probably the most widespread and persistent problem to be found among Christians is the problem of retarded spiritual progress. Why, after years of Christian profession,…