Devotional

When Will the Rapture Occur?

February 17, 2020

The fact that the Bible teaches there is going to be a rapture is, I think, perfectly clear. There can be no question about it, based on the passages in Corinthians and Thessalonians. Now, the critical question is this: When does the rapture occur in relation to the Great Tribulation? This is an important question. […]

The Second Coming

February 10, 2020

Last week, we mentioned that the rapture is, in a sense, part one of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. At the Second Coming, Jesus will return to the earth with His people to set up His kingdom. But at the rapture, He will not come to the earth, but into the atmosphere of the […]

Our Blessed Hope

February 2, 2020

It seems a bit ironic that 40 years ago we were talking so much about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, but now, 40 years later, we are not hearing nearly as much about the event as we were then. I thought it would be good to refresh our memories regarding these things and to […]

What About You?

January 27, 2020

For the past three weeks, we’ve been looking at the baptism of the Spirit, what it is, why we need it, and how it affects our lives. It’s a wonderful topic to study, but it’s a far more important principle to apply. The Spirit is a Person, and He wants to be active in our […]

The Results of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

January 20, 2020

Once we have been baptized in the Spirit—when we have received power, place, and equipping—what happens? Jesus told His disciples, “You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). So, first of all, the baptism in the Spirit will make us […]

Why We Need the Baptism of the Spirit

January 13, 2020

What is the purpose of the baptism of the Spirit? First, it is to give us power. Jesus told His disciples, “Wait in Jerusalem until you are endued with power from heaven.” Then He told them, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and you shall receive power” (see Acts 1:4–8). The Greek word that […]

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

January 6, 2020

When Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Acts 19:6 Paul had come to the region of Ephesus, and when he arrived there, he found twelve disciples. But evidently, Paul sensed that although these men were believers, there was something missing in their […]

A More Excellent Way

December 30, 2019

There is no better way to conclude our study on the gifts of the Spirit than with a word on the supremacy of love. As important as the gifts are, Paul says that if they are not exercised in love, they are meaningless. Jesus At the Forefront There is always the danger of putting the […]

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

December 23, 2019

Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word, for my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel. Luke 2:28–32 This prophecy of Simeon is so beautiful, […]

The Gift of Tongues

December 16, 2019

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given … different kinds of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:7–8, 10 The gift of tongues is perhaps the most controversial and misunderstood of all the gifts of the Spirit. Some Pentecostals and Charismatics say that unless […]