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The Holy Spirit & Your Salvation

No one can enter into the kingdom of God by being religious. They must be born again. A guy in John three by the name of Nicodemus discovered this. He was a Pharisee. A devoutly religious man who believed in the resurrection of the dead and the immortality of the soul. He would also have the responsibility of teaching others the way of God. One night as John recorded it, Nicodemus came to Jesus, as to not be seen, to say, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him" (John 3:2).

    Interestingly enough, Jesus just outright made this statement, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God" (3:3). Why would a religious guy be going to Jesus in the cover of night? Why would Jesus begin his conversation with Nicodemus not with a hello but a statement like he made? First, I think Nicodemus did not want to be seen by his fellow Pharisees who disliked…

The Holy Spirit & Worship

It is an unfortunate circumstance that the church is divided as it is today in regard to music. However, it is nothing new. Just check out Ed Stetzer's blog to get a brief rundown on the division that has occurred over the years in the history of the church:

     Astonishingly at one time our beloved hymns were at one point thought to be 'worldly' and was termed contemporary. Many ignore this fact. We have forgotten that all things known today was at one point new.

     Charles R. Swindoll wrote a book that is a fascinating read. Recommend it to all. It is called 'The Church Awakening.' I find it encouraging, saddening and challenging. Great book. Anyhow, he wrote a chapter in the book called 'Worship: A Commitment...Not A war'. In it he identifies three area's that fuels 'worship wars', as he coined it, in America's churches. I'd like to give those to…