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Cheer up, it is going to get worse

Posted on June 3, 2020 at 12:55 AM

Dear Saints,

We seem to be going from the pan to the fire as a nation. At least, that is what the media would have us to believe. From the worldwide pandemic to the riots in our cities, never mind the hateful political divisions, our world seems to be on the brink of collapse. These times remind me of an old song by Barry McGuire called “The Eve of Destruction” that described the chaos and cultural revolution during the late sixties. It appeared then as it does now that ...

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Changing from the Inside Out

Posted on May 27, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Dear Saints,

 

One of the most critical functions of the indwelling Spirit is called the “renewing of the mind”. Even though all believers have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:14) when they were created in Christ Jesus, the “carnal mind” of the flesh is still present in these mortal bodies we still inhabit. To use the mind of Christ rather than the mind of the flesh in our daily lives requires the power of the indwelling Spirit who is ...

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Controlled by the Spirit

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 10:10 AM

Dear Saints,

Perhaps the best-known scripture concerning the personal leadership of the Spirit is Paul’s command in Ephesians 5: 18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”. Although often abused by religious folks wanting to control others (i.e. condemning alcoholics and addicts or other believers who are deemed to be less spiritual), this verse is a key to the practice of spiritual enlightenment needed in our everyday lives. L...

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Hearing God Speak

Posted on May 13, 2020 at 2:20 PM

Dear Saints,

 

What is God saying to you? That is the question it all comes down to when we are confused and seeking answers for our life. Jesus promised his followers they would be able to hear and understand what the Father was saying to them through the indwelling Spirit of truth he called the Comforter. But from my experience counseling believers for the past forty years, people today have a difficult time believing they can even hear from God much less understand what...

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Spiritual Enlightment

Posted on May 5, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Dear Saints,

 

In this time of national uncertainty and confusion due to the threat of a pandemic it is absolutely necessary for us to develop and exercise the personal skill of spiritual enlightenment. I define this skill as the ability to recognize our need for and reliance upon God to cope with the everyday issues of our life. Paul prayed for it in Ephesians 1: 17-19, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdo...

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The Still Small Voice

Posted on April 29, 2020 at 12:10 AM

Dear Saints,

 

The threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, whether exaggerated or not, has effectively shut down our normal activities and forced us to make simple decisions in our everyday lives that may be considered “life-threatening”. Should I wear a mask and gloves when I go out? Should I go to the hospital when I’m injured or not feeling well? Should I allow certain friends or family to visit during this time? No amount of government guidelines or CDC pre...

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The Threat of Social Distancing

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 12:10 AM

Dear Saints,

 

Covid-19 is a nasty virus that some say was an intentional attack on the world and especially the U.S. economy by the Chinese government in retaliation for U. S. policies that hurt China’s economy. Whatever the reason it was released, this virus is like an invisible enemy that seeks to destroy us personally as well as physically. Not only does it threaten our health, but the recommended precautions have taken a toll on us personally and spiritually as w...

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RESET!

Posted on April 14, 2020 at 2:10 PM

Dear Saints,

 

RESET! That’s the word God seems to be speaking to his servants who are trying to understand what he is doing in this pandemic. That’s the word I’ve heard from the Spirit and through others as well. The dictionary defines it as, “to set again”, “to adjust”, or “to change”. I envision God doing all three in each of us personally, in the church as a whole, and in our world. It fits with his primary modus ...

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Abound in Hope

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 11:55 AM

Dear Saints,

 

Lately our attention has been focused on the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the world as well as the “panic-demic” that is causing people to hoard toilet paper to save their own butt. Clearly our normal routines have been severely disrupted by the shutting down of our businesses and institutions. The resulting increase of financial and personal stress on families ordered to stay home and wait it out has put us all under a thick cloud of doom similar t...

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Death to the Old and Resurrection to the New

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Dear Saints,

 

Last Sunday was a first for the Church in the Woods. Since October of 2001 we have assembled in the woods at Freedom Ranch for weekly worship and fellowship. Although, at first, the facilities were “rustic” to say the least (generators and port-a-potties) the spirit was genuine and exciting. Over the years we’ve had only one or two occasions of hurricane conditions that prevented our meeting, but last Sunday we were unable to meet due to th...

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