From a tragic beginning to a triumphant conclusion

"For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous" (Romans 5:19). Go back to the beginning. It's the story of sin. Move forward, from there, to the Cross. It's the story of salvation. There are two stories in the Bible. There's the story of …

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The power of a new life …

"‘The time has come,’ Jesus said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’" (Mark 1:15). Jesus draws near to us. He brings to us the power of a new life. It's not a new life that's created by our faith. It's a new life that comes to us from Jesus, our …

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Spiritual power …

Praying Through God's Word

What is spiritual power? Where does it come from?

Does spiritual power come from? Does it come from within ourselves?

Jesus tells us that it comes from somewhere else. It’s “power from on high” (Luke 24:49). It’s the “power” of “the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:8).

What happened on “the day of Pentecost”? Did Jesus’ followers discover spiritual power within themselves? No! They received power from on high – “from heaven”: “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts  2:1-4).

As we read on in the book of Acts, we see the Lord’s servants moving forward in the power of the Holy Spirit: “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).

When the power of the Holy Spirit is working through the preaching of God’s word, Jesus is exalted. The vital connection between the working of the Holy Spirit…

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We’ve only just begun … There’s so much more still to come …

"Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him" (Romans 5:9). The forgiveness of our sins - this is just the beginning. God has so "much more" for us. He is leading us on to our full enjoyment of His salvation: eternal life. We look back to …

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