Marks of An Authentic Work of the Holy Spirit

From the fourth chapter of First John, Jonathan Edwards established five things as essential in a genuine work of God's Holy Spirit. First, a true work of the Spirit raises the "esteem of Jesus that was born of the Virgin, and was crucified outside the gates of Jerusalem; and seems more to confirm and establish … Continue reading Marks of An Authentic Work of the Holy Spirit

When the Spirit of God Descends Upon Your Heart

The lovely words of the Irish hymn-writer, George Croly serve as a simple reminder of why we desperately need the Holy Spirit poured out upon us: Spirit of God, descend upon my heart, wean it from earth, through all its pulses move; Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art, and make me love Thee … Continue reading When the Spirit of God Descends Upon Your Heart

How to Profit from Preaching

The church of Jesus Christ throughout history has given concerted energy and time to the preaching of God’s Word (2 Timothy 4:2). What can you do personally to make sure that you profit from hearing God's Word preached? Before worship, we can prepare in advance by praying for a receptive heart and teachable spirit. During … Continue reading How to Profit from Preaching

Thankful for the Trinity

Recently we celebrated Trinity Sunday. The music, prayers, and Scripture readings in this worship service focus explicitly on the beauty, power, and work of the triune God. The amazing work of the Trinity is magnified in your own salvation. The Father purposed your salvation before the worlds were made. The Son secured your salvation by … Continue reading Thankful for the Trinity

Thankful for the Holy Spirit

On Pentecost, we celebrate an important event in redemptive history: The time when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to His followers who would live within them and empower them for service. Prayer of Thanksgiving Almighty Father, we praise You for sending Your Holy Spirit upon Your disciples at Pentecost in the upper room. We ask … Continue reading Thankful for the Holy Spirit

When Life Overwhelms – A Simple Prayer for Pentecost Sunday

This coming Sunday we celebrate an important event in redemptive history... the time when Jesus sent the "other helper" who would live within us and empower us for service. Almighty Father we come to you in the blessed name of our Savior Jesus Christ. You have been sending your Spirit for a long time. You sent your … Continue reading When Life Overwhelms – A Simple Prayer for Pentecost Sunday

Praying for Yourself and Those Whom You Love to Experience the Liberating Power of the Holy Spirit

2 Corinthians 3:17-18… I would urge to do something that I am doing over the next few days. Pray for yourself and for those whom you love to experience the liberating power of the Holy Spirit in the following ways with the corresponding Scriptures: John Gill: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is … Continue reading Praying for Yourself and Those Whom You Love to Experience the Liberating Power of the Holy Spirit

Linking People with People to Fulfill God’s Purposes

The title of this post served as the original motto for the group that started Trinity Church. This focus has resulted in one of our hallmark strengths being relationships. Last night at Wednesday Vespers we studied and prayed through Acts 10. In it you see the Lord going to extreme measures to link people with … Continue reading Linking People with People to Fulfill God’s Purposes

When You Feel Guilty About Your Prayer Life

My physical and mental weakness dictates intermittent intercession. I grow weary in prayer and my mind often wanders. I sometimes fall asleep during the most important times of intercession. But not Christ! He ever lives to make intercession for us. His intercession is unending. Day by day, hour by hour, year by year, millennium by … Continue reading When You Feel Guilty About Your Prayer Life