5 Ways the Holy Spirit Helps Us

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“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.”
(John 14:16)

Who is the Holy Spirit and how exactly does He help us? Sometimes, we refer to the Holy Spirit as some nebulous spirit being that just hovers around to lead us this way and that. But Jesus is very clear: the Spirit is so much more. He is our real and necessary helper and advocate, sent to assist us in living the Christian life.

In a recent staff devotional, we read the following quote from Tim Keller’s Encounters with Jesus on the role of the Holy Spirit: READ MORE

7 Ways You Can Pray for the Persecuted

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When members of the body of Christ suffer, the whole body suffers together (1 Cor 12:26). Even if we are geographically removed from those being persecuted, we can still draw near to them spiritually:

“Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body”
(Hebrews 13:3).

The apostle Paul himself was well acquainted with suffering and persecution. In fact, many of his pastoral letters were written while he was behind prison bars. Since Paul was a man acquainted with grief and persecution, we can learn how to pray for the persecuted by looking at his life, ministry, and pastoral letters. Here are 7 ways we can pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters, taken from the ministry of Paul:

1. Pray that they would see the grace of Christ as all-sufficient, magnifying God’s power in their weakness.

“‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
(2 Corinthians 12:9) READ MORE

Have a Theology Question?

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Do you have a theology question? Perhaps you have a question about the doctrine of the Trinity? Or about the role of Satan? Or what the Bible says about heaven and hell? Or maybe you have a question related to the Bible and science? Blue … READ MORE

Reflections on #TGCW14: “an adult version of VBS—in a delightful way!”

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I venture to say that most of us have either participated in a Vacation Bible School, or we are at least familiar with this popular and exciting summertime event. These Bible-based camps generally include people we know, as well as some new faces … READ MORE

Spurgeon: Our God Sings

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"The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17 The following is taken from a sermon by Charles Spurgeon … READ MORE

Jonathan Edwards: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (New Resource)

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We've added a few new resources to Blue Letter Bible and will be highlighting them on the blog over the next several days. The first of these resources is a classic sermon from Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards titled, Sinners in the Hands of an … READ MORE