Quotes of Note #12 — To Be Filled With the Holy Spirit

“I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and self-seeking, and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will come and fill every corner of our hearts.  But if we are full of pride and conceit, ambition and self-seeking, pleasure and the world, there … Continue reading

Pastor Note #52 — Ministry Q. & A. — 3/18/2013

As with most organizations, the church tends to follow the 80/20 rule.  How should a pastor encourage others to get involved in church activities?  Accept leadership positions?  Participate in Sunday Worship?  Is this even a pastor’s responsibility? Bluntly put, there is nothing that a pastor, as a human being, can do to accomplish what is … Continue reading

Sermon #41 — Our God of Power: Still to This Very Day — John 14:8-14 & Acts 1:6-11

“We may do the same works that Jesus did (John 14:12) in the same way that he did them – as a human being filled with the Holy Spirit, listening to the Father and acting in obedience.” Long, Stokes, & Strickler, Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit, p. 113. As we … Continue reading