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What a month it has been. If you’ve been following along in the #neuethingchallenge2020, you know we have been in the Psalms this year with a unique look at different themes that are displayed throughout the Psalms. The month of April was focused in on the theme of anxiety and how we see that theme represented as we read certain passages in Psalms. And I’ll say it again—what a month it has been! With a global pandemic, states and governments shut down, stay at home orders, social distancing and more as our present reality, there is no doubt that anxiety has been on the rise within the hearts of so many. Panic, fear of the unknown, and so much uncertainty…

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Hope and promise found in Psalm 62

For nearly 365 days of the calendar year, I find myself under blue skies. Typically, there isn’t a cloud in the sky, and the sun shines brightly. I can imagine most of you drooling right now. What you would give for such a climate to call home right? Well, one important thing I’ve left out of this equation so far is that the temperatures range in the triple digits for about 5-6 months a year. You begin to understand an entire new level of the word “hot” when you live in the desert. Still, there are those rare but occasional days when the sun sinks behind a cloud, the sky is gray, and if we’re lucky, we’ll even see some…

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Trust the LORD…even in the suffering

What does it really mean to trust the LORD? And how do we actually do it when life gets hard? If you’re human, I imagine you’ve asked yourself similar questions. Trust feels as if it comes easily to us when life is going well, right? When the circumstances of life don’t require trust, it’s not all that hard for us to boldly profess our trust in Him. Trust the LORD But what about when we’re suffering? What then? How do we trust God when life takes unexpected twists and turns and leaves us feeling lost on the journey? What does trust actually look like then? I was sitting in church this weekend as we kicked off a new sermon series…

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Developing your gifts…in the dark room

Back in the day, before digital photography was around, there was a process that photographers had to go through before the pictures they captured with their cameras could be seen by others. A dark room was involved, and they had to develop the film in order to enjoy the images that they had captured. Crazy, right? It wasn’t instantaneous like it is today. It took time. It required patience and the correct lighting to avoid overexposure. It was a process. We’ve been studying the Holy Spirit, who He is, what He does, and the gifts that He gives for a few months now. It’s also been a process, and it’s taken time. Still, I feel as if we’ve only barely…

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Manifestation Gifts

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (ESV) Welcome back to our study on the spiritual gifts! If you’re just joining us here or reading for the first time, today is the third post in a three-part mini-series on the Holy Spirit and the spiritual gifts that are given to believers. This three-part series has focused on three different categories of spiritual gifts, hopefully helping us to better understand the unique purposes and…

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Spiritual Gifts in Ministry

Well, I feel like I need to welcome myself back to our series on the Holy Spirit and using spiritual gifts in ministry. If you missed my Instagram post or are not on social media, I was very sick last week…like, so sick that I ended up in the ER. Not a fun way to spend the weekend, but thankfully I am on the mend, feeling so much better, and nearly stir crazy to get back to this study with you all! Thank you to everyone who prayed for me and for all of your patience with my radio silence last week. Ok, here we go! Just to recap really quickly, we’ve taken a little turn in our Holy Spirit…

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Motivational Gifts

Welcome back to our study on the Holy Spirit, specifically on the spiritual gifts. I have loved the conversations I’ve gotten into this past week about this. Many of you took the test I posted last week, and you’re beginning to discover the gifts that God has given you. It’s incredible! Knowing and understanding the spiritual gifts that you have been given is so important. When we know what we have been given and what has been entrusted to us, we can then know and understand what our purpose is within the Body of Christ. This is why I am loving this portion of our study on the Holy Spirit—He gives us gifts to be used to benefit the Church.…

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What are your spiritual gifts?

For the past five weeks, we have been getting to know who the Holy Spirit is through the Word of God. Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit is the author of Scripture, our Guide, our Advocate, our Comforter, our Counselor, the convicter of sin, the indweller of believers, the revealer of Truth, our Teacher, and more. Isn’t it amazing how much God chooses to reveal to us about Himself in His Word? If we would but take the time to cherish it, oh the wonders we would uncover about Him, His love, and His heart for us! One of my most frequent prayers over the past 12 months has sounded something like this: “Holy Spirit, reveal Yourself to me…

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Revealer of Truth, Teacher

As I continue to study the titles and roles of the Holy Spirit, I am just struck by the truth that God gave us His Spirit. We have this deposit within us—an empowerment that equips us—as an expression of who God is, and I’m amazed at how much God loves us. He didn’t leave us alone. He didn’t tell us to figure it out on our own. He sealed us in Him with His Holy Spirit. Just be in awe for a moment at the wonder of God. This week, we’re going to look at two new roles or titles attributed to the Holy Spirit in Scripture: the Revealer of Truth and the Teacher. Being a teacher myself and someone…

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Convicter of Sin, Indweller of believers

If our study of God’s Word isn’t ultimately leading us to a deeper, abiding love for Jesus, then we are missing the point of Bible study. Welcome back to the fourth week of our series on the Holy Spirit. We’ve read. We’ve studied. I pray we’ve learned. But more than anything else, I hope that our love for the Lord Jesus Christ has grown. This is why we study. This is why we dig into the Word of God…so that we can come to know the God of the Word and grow in our love for Him. So far in our study of the Holy Spirit, we have learned that He is the author of Scripture, He is our Guide,…

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Advocate, Comforter, Counselor

Welcome back to our study on the names, roles, and person of the Holy Spirit! Learning His names and roles throughout Scripture not only acquaints us with who God is, but it also gets us into His Word, which always proves beneficial. I am increasingly grateful for the life-giving nature of the Word of God, especially as trials increase and life as we know it only seems to get harder. We have a God who cares deeply for us, gives Himself to us, and speaks directly to us through His written Word. THAT, my friends, is why we study…to know Him and to make Him known! This week, we’re going to look at one specific “word” or title given to…

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The Author of Scripture, The Guide

When you think about the Holy Spirit, what comes to mind? What would you say if someone asked you who He was? Are you familiar with the different titles or names given to the Holy Spirit in Scripture? Do you know what the roles of the Holy Spirit are? Did you know that Scripture reveals much about the person and work of the Holy Spirit? So many questions, I know. Can you tell how excited I am to dive into this study with you? For these next four weeks, we’re going to be looking at nine different titles given to the Holy Spirit, and as we study each of these and look to God’s Word to direct us in our…

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