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May 21

Edwin Hatch, 1835–1889
  As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you. And with that He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21, 22)
The good news of the gospel relates not only to what Christ once did—His death, resurrection, ascension—but to what He presently offers: Forgiveness of sin, the reuniting of our eternal fellowship with the Creator, an advocate with the heavenly Father, and the energizing indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit.
When a person becomes a Christian, he or she receives the Holy Spirit within. Often, however, the Holy Spirit does not have control of that life even though He resides there. The Scriptures teach that we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit if we are to live overcoming lives. This is not some emotional, mystical event. To be “filled with the Spirit of God” means in a very practical way that a believer has surrendered completely to the Lordship of Christ and sincerely desires to be directed by…
May 21

Mystery of God

“Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything there is to know about the Almighty?” (Job 11:7 NLT)

Perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of it while standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon, or driving down Highway 1 along the California Coastline or standing at the foot of Niagra Falls. It is everywhere. The grand mystery of God is everywhere you turn. It is in His creation, in the faint sounds of conversation between lovers and in the screech of a newborn baby’s cry. If it is everywhere, why don’t we experience it more?

For some reason, we’ve replaced deep mystery with shallow explanations and cliche answers. We’ve sacrificed knowing God for knowing about Him … and in the final analysis we really don’t know that much about Him. Solomon wrote, “As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” (Eccles. 11:5 NIV)

Whenever someone asks us a question …