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Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Ten turning points have made all the difference—not just for some religion, not just for some people, but for all of reality. It’s time now to wrap up this series with a summary. This has been a series with a mixed purpose. I had been wanting to summarize the story of history viewed through the lens of its most crucial events. I ended up doing it with a small…

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Ten Turning Points: Is the Holy Spirit Missing?

Ten Turning Points: Is the Holy Spirit Missing?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference I wrote last time about the Holy Spirit’s work in believers. The sad fact is that we don’t see that work as consistently as we should. Bill Bright, who authored the message I linked to in my first talk on this topic, estimates that 95% of believers are living defeated lives, not experiencing the reality of God’s life within them. Why is that? Is God missing? No, what’s missing…

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Ten Turning Points: The Holy Spirit’s Work

Ten Turning Points: The Holy Spirit’s Work

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Of all the many things that could be said about the Holy Spirit’s work in the believer, there is one that I think covers them all. 1 Cor. 2:14-3:4 reads, The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but…

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Ten Turning Points: The Holy Spirit and the Believer

Ten Turning Points: The Holy Spirit and the Believer

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference When Jesus Christ was preparing his disciples for his departure, he said it would be better for them when he was gone, because then the Holy Spirit would come and be with them (John 16:5-11). I wonder if they thought that made sense. What could be better than walking and talking with the Lord himself? The answer: living one’s whole life in close communion with God everywhere any one…

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The Holy Spirit and Christian Thinking

The Holy Spirit and Christian Thinking

Last week I included the Holy Spirit on a list of resources for thinking Christianly, with this qualification:   God is certainly not a “resource” in the same sense as the rest of this list, yet the list would be incomplete without him. We can’t progress in any form of discipleship apart from the Holy Spirit’s work. You’ll notice I am using “discipleship of the mind” and “thinking Christianly” almost interchangeably here. They’re not really the same, though. One of them—discipleship—is…

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The Holy Spirit: No Inconsistent Truths

The Holy Spirit: No Inconsistent Truths

There are inconvenient truths, there are even unwanted truths, but there are no inconsistent truths. Christians speak of the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit in our lives as evidence that God is real. Often we are asked, “How do you know that your internal sense of God really is from God? Other people have experiences inside their minds and hearts, too. How do you know yours is genuine and theirs isn’t?” I don’t have access to those others’ experiences,…

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The Internal Experience of the Holy Spirit

The Internal Experience of the Holy Spirit

Scripture tells us, and Christians commonly concur, that there is an internal experience of the Holy Spirit that assures us of God’s reality in our lives. It is not the only way we know God is real, but it is an important one. Paul asked yesterday, Could you describe in positive terms what this direct perception of God or the Holy Spirit is like? Christians reading here, could you help by writing in your answer to Paul’s question, or direct…

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What Christ Does For Us, Part 4: Restorations

What Christ Does For Us, Part 4: Restorations

Earlier in this series (see below) I described what Scripture says about God’s original intent and purpose for humankind, and how we fell away from it. God in His love intended that we live in close, intimate fellowship with Him. He gave humans their start in conditions of harmony with the world, with genuine intellectual and moral significance, and in real, closely connected relationships with God, the environment, and each other. They were rightly dependent on God, their Creator, and…

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