Category: Holy Spirit

Spiritual Formation at Faith: Embracing Environments for Transformation

As the pastor of spiritual formation at Faith TriCities, I was tasked to develop a ministry strategy for a spiritual formation/discipleship process. This was not an easy thing! It forced me to look carefully at spiritual reality (not how we think it should be) and the context of church life. One thing I understood from ...

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God’s Role and Our Role

So last time we looked at the good work that is already going on in our lives by the Holy Spirit…that our inner being (heart) might take on more and more the image of Jesus that we might live like and love others like Jesus. “…until Christ is formed in you” (Gal. 4:9). So exactly ...

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The Good Work of God

Receiving the abundant life Jesus wants to give us rarely looks like we think it should. Often it means abandoning the life into which we have settled. One of my favorite quotes, in speaking about Mary the mother of Jesus, Craig Barnes writes, “God has interrupted our ordinary expectations, as cherished as they were, to ...

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Keeping in Step with the Spirit

“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”  Romans 8:14 My interpretation of that verse: Those who follow the Spirit’s leading…they are the real deal. This verse also makes me think of a dance.  In a dance some leads and it the job of the other to follow.  It doesn’t ...