Acts of the Apostles

Stoning of Stephen by Rembrandt

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Part 5)

In my last post, we looked at how Luke presents the outpouring of the Spirit and the offer of forgiveness as a second chance for the Jews in Jerusalem to enter God’s promised time of refreshing. Luke hinted that Israel would get a second chance when he included in his gospel Jesus’ parable of the fig tree. A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found…

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Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Part 4)

In my previous post, I talked about several components of God’s promise to Israel regarding the outpouring of His Spirit. Because of that outpouring . . . He would write His law on their hearts, Israel would experience an internal renewal of their heart and spirit, and This renewal (or refreshing) would bring about a new realization of justice and peace to their nation. In this post, I want to talk about another aspect of the outpouring promises…

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The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Part 3)

Communication always involves transferring an idea from the mind of one person to the mind of another (or others) through the medium either of speech or written text. The Bible is no different. As readers of the Bible, our goal is not to create our own meaning (what this means to me), but to understand what the author intended to say. This involves not only the immediate text but the broader context and argument (or…

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Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Part I)

Have you ever felt like you may have gone too far and there was no coming back from the disaster you yourself created? That’s a horrific and dark place to be. Wonderful Grace of Jesus One of the most wonderful things about the Gospel is the news that in Christ there is forgiveness. God is not only willing to forgive, but eager to do so. But, you may ask, are there sins God could never…

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  • Luke 1:30-33 December 15, 2019
    “But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne […]
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