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
Holy and gracious Father, the highest court in the universe has declared us completely forgiven, totally accepted and forever loved!” Yet when we find ourselves in a cauldron of adversity and difficulty, we easily succumb to despair and our minds are seduced into believing the lie that you really don't care about us. Forgive us … Continue reading Prayer of Confession – Romans 8
These wonderful reflections below come from reading and reflecting upon Romans 8. Christians are not guaranteed immunity to temptation, tribulation or tragedy, but we are promised victory over them. God’s pledge is not that suffering will never afflict us, but that it will never separate us from His love...Our confidence is not in our love … Continue reading A Few Reflections for Reformation Sunday
Both our struggle with sin and pressures from suffering can unsettle us deeply. The only remedy is to know with equal depth the unbreakable love of God for us in Jesus. Reflecting on Romans will promote a cross-based, Spirit-given assurance of salvation for all believers in spite of sin (8:1-17), suffering (8:18-30) and death (8:31-39). … Continue reading Have You Settled the Issue Regarding Your Assurance of Salvation?
I loved playing and watching basketball during high school. Now, refereeing basketball is a different story. When I was in ninth-grade, I went one Saturday morning to the gym to watch some friends playing in a church league. This day, the referee forgot to show up. Thus, I was asked to referee the game. But … Continue reading Jesus Steps In When Hell Endeavors to Shake Us