How Do You Know that You Belong to Him?

Fra Angelico [Public domain or Public domain]Wikimedia Commons Recently, someone asked me, "How do you know whether you are saved?" It seemed to me this person wanted to know whether God had truly been at work in my life, and whether I was a true believer. Sometimes, when people ask this question, they want to … Continue reading How Do You Know that You Belong to Him?

A Good New Year Resolution

Read Revelation 3:20 As you may know, I have been developing in Hubpages a series of devotionals on the book of Revelation. I spend a significant amount of time developting these devotionals (although you will probably notice I do not spend enough time editing them... later). I spend a signficant amount of time recalling what … Continue reading A Good New Year Resolution

Happy New Year! 2019

Read Genesis 1:14, Exodus 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and Romans 6:4 The new year is God's creation. He created the stars, the Sun, and the moon so we who dwell on Earth can discern the passing of time. God then gave Israel a new beginning. He delivered them from Pharaoh through great wonders so they … Continue reading Happy New Year! 2019

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Part 1)

BrankaVV [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons John the Batist (the Baptizer) preached that Israel should repent because the kingdom of heaven was close (Matthew 3:2, Mark 1:4, and Luke 3:3) and God was coming (Matthew 3:3, Mark 1:2-3, Luke 3:4, John 1:23). John bapitzed people, immersing them in water, but he taught that … Continue reading The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Part 1)

A Christmas Contretemps

Read Luke 1:26-35 and Matthew 1:18-25 Christmas is just around the corner. By now, you have made plans with your family and friends: there will be ham and turkey, potato salad and sauerkraut, eggnog and fruit punch, gifts and stockings. After all, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. But what if Christmas … Continue reading A Christmas Contretemps

Christmas Story for My Son

Read Deuteronomy 6:6-7 A year or so ago, I bought my now two-year-old son his first Bible. It is a beatifully illustrated Bible, with 365 short, five-minutes readings. We made a habit of reaidng it before he went to bed, even though he did not understand it much. Each night, he looked forward to daddy … Continue reading Christmas Story for My Son

The Holy Spirit and Jesus

Read Isaiah 11:1-4 According to Isaiah, the Spirit of the LORD would play an important role in the ministry of the Messiah. Accordingly, the Spirit of the LORD (the Holy Spirit) was much involved in the life and ministry of Jesus. The Holy Spirit caused Mary to conceive while she was a virgin (Matthew 1:18-20, … Continue reading The Holy Spirit and Jesus