The Work of the Holy Spirit

My wife, Marlene, and I have a Faith Ministry.

This means that we have no regular source of income; we rely on God to help provide all our needs (Philippians 4: 19).

And through our absolute Faith and Trust in God we wait upon Him to open the minds and hearts of many people with whom we come into contact and who feel drawn towards giving us a freewill donation.

And if you would like to do so you can make a freewill offering to the Work of the Holy Spirit by going to:-

https://godsholyspiritdotnet.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/holy-spirit-donations/

At the moment our laptops are very old and both have seen better days. And, since nearly dying my poor old eyes find the laptop screen too small and tiring to look at.

Many years ago I used to have a desktop computer with a 21″ screen. I am now looking to find the money (or perhaps a blessed soul will donate one to us?) so that my eye strain will be a thing of the past and I know that I shall find it much easier to write my books using a large screen desktop computer.

I know that our Father God will bless you mightily in everything you say and in everything you do.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see (Hebrews 11: 1)

Your loving support of our Faith Ministry is incredibly important to us.

God Bless

Geoffrey

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Heaven – a Guide for Travellers

Accommodation

Arrangements for first class accommodation have been made in advance.

(John 14: 2)
Passports

Persons seeking entry will not be permitted past the gates without having proper credentials and having their names registered with the ruling authority.

(Revelation 21: 27)


Departure Times

The exact date of departure has not been announced. Travellers are advised to be prepared to leave at short notice.

(Acts 1: 7)
Customs

Only one declaration is required whilst passing through customs.

(1 Corinthians 15: 1,3,4)
Immigration

All passengers are classified as immigrants since they are taking residence in a new country.

(Hebrews 11: 13-16)
Luggage

No luggage whatsoever can be taken.

(1 Timothy 6: 7)
 

Air Passage

Travellers going directly by air are advised to watch daily for indication of imminent departure.

(1 Thessalonians 4: 7)
Vaccinations and Injections

Not needed as diseases are unknown at this destination.

(Revelation 21: 4)

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

The Names of the Holy Spirit

You need to know that the Holy Spirit is known by many different names in the Bible. These include:-

Comforter (John 14:16 and 14:26)

  1. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper to be with you forever.
  2. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 

Good Spirit (Nehemiah 9: 20)

You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst. 

Holy Ghost (Acts 1: 5)

For John baptised with water, but you will be baptised by the Holy Ghost not many days from now

Spirit (Ephesians 5: 18)

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit. 

Spirit of Adoption (Romans 8: 15)

For you did not receive the Spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry “Abba! Father!”  

Spirit of Christ (Romans 8: 9)

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. 

Spirit of Glory (1 Peter 4: 14)

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of Glory and of God rests upon you. 

Spirit of God (Romans 8: 9)

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him

Spirit of Grace (Hebrews 10: 29)

How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of Grace? 

Spirit of Promise (Ephesians 1: 13)

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. 

Spirit of the Lord (Luke 4: 18)

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.

Spirit of Truth (John 14: 17)

Even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him, nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. 

Spirit of Wisdom (Ephesians 1: 17)

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory may give you the Spirit of Wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

Never Leave You – Hebrews 13: 1-18

Another Biblical Word Search from the Biblical mind of my wife,  Marlene:

This word search is entitled ‘Never Leave You’. Based on Hebrews 13: 1-18.

http://www./christianwordsearches.net/Neverleaveyou.html

It’s a very challenging word search but if you enjoy word searches then I am sure that it won’t take you long to find all the words!

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

In God We Trust

“Watch out! You nearly broad-sided that car!”

My father yelled at me. “Can’t you do anything right?”

Those words hurt worse than blows. I turned my head toward the elderly man in the seat beside me, daring me to challenge him. A lump rose in my throat as I averted my eyes. I wasn’t prepared for another battle.

“I saw the car, Dad. Please don’t yell at me when I’m driving.”

My voice was measured and steady, sounding far calmer than I really felt. Dad glared at me, then turned away and settled back.

At home I left Dad in front of the television and went outside to collect my thoughts.

Dark, heavy clouds hung in the air with a promise of rain. The rumble of distant thunder seemed to echo my inner turmoil. What could I do about him?

Dad had been a lumberjack in Washington and Oregon. He had enjoyed being outdoors and had revelled in pitting his strength against the forces of nature. He had entered gruelling lumberjack competitions, and had placed often. The shelves in his house were filled with trophies that attested to his prowess.

The years marched on relentlessly. The first time he couldn’t lift a heavy log, he joked about it; but later that same day I saw him outside alone, straining to lift it.

He became irritable whenever anyone teased him about his advancing age, or when he couldn’t do something he had done as a younger man.

Four days after his sixty-seventh birthday, he had a heart attack. An ambulance sped him to the hospital while a paramedic administered CPR to keep blood and oxygen flowing.

At the hospital, Dad was rushed into an operating room. He was lucky; he survived.

But something inside Dad died. His zest for life was gone. He obstinately refused to follow doctors’ orders. Suggestions and offers of help were turned aside with sarcasm and insults.

The number of visitors thinned, then finally stopped altogether. Dad was left alone.

My husband, Rick, and I asked Dad to come live with us on our small farm. We hoped the fresh air and rustic atmosphere would help him adjust.

Within a week after he moved in, I regretted the invitation. It seemed nothing was satisfactory. He criticized everything I did. I became frustrated and moody. Soon I was taking my pent-up anger out on Rick.

We began to bicker and argue.

Alarmed, Rick sought out our pastor and explained the situation. The clergyman set up weekly counselling appointments for us. At the close of each session he prayed, asking God to soothe Dad’s troubled mind.

But the months wore on and God was silent.

A raindrop struck my cheek. I looked up into the grey sky. Somewhere up there was “God.” Although I believe a Supreme Being had created the universe, I had difficulty believing that God cared about the tiny human beings on this earth.

I was tired of waiting for a God who did not answer.

Something had to be done and it was up to me to do it. The next day I sat down with the phone book and methodically called each of the mental health clinics listed in the Yellow Pages.

I explained my problem in vain to each of the sympathetic voices that answered. Just when I was giving up hope, one of the voices suddenly exclaimed, “I just read something that might help you! Let me go get the article.”

I listened as she read. The article described a remarkable study done at a nursing home. All of the patients were under treatment for chronic depression. Yet their attitudes had improved dramatically when they were given responsibility for a dog.

I drove to the animal shelter that afternoon. After I filled out a questionnaire, a uniformed officer led me to the kennels. The odour of disinfectant stung my nostrils as I moved down the row of pens.

Each contained five to seven dogs. Long-haired dogs, curly-haired dogs, black dogs, spotted dogs – all jumped up, trying to reach me.

I studied each one but rejected one after the other for various reasons, too big, too small, too much hair. As I neared the last pen a dog in the shadows of the far corner struggled to his feet, walked to the front of the run and sat down.

It was a pointer, one of the dog world’s aristocrats. But this was a caricature of the breed.

Years had etched his face and muzzle with shades of grey. His hipbones jutted out in lopsided triangles. But it was his eyes that caught and held my attention. Calm and clear, they beheld me unwaveringly.

I pointed to the dog. “Can you tell me about him?”

The officer looked, then shook his head in puzzlement. “He’s a funny one ~ Appeared out of nowhere and sat in front of the gate. We brought him in, figuring someone would be right down to claim him. That was two weeks ago and we’ve heard nothing. His time is up tomorrow.” He gestured helplessly.

As the words sank in I turned to the man in horror. “You mean you’re going to kill him?”

“Ma’am,” he said gently, “that’s our policy. We don’t have room for every unclaimed dog.”

I looked at the pointer again. The calm brown eyes awaited my decision. “I’ll take him,” I said.

I drove home with the dog on the front seat beside me. When I reached the house I honked the horn twice. I was helping my prize out of the car when Dad shuffled onto the front porch.

“Ta-da! Look what I got for you, Dad!” I said excitedly.

Dad looked, then wrinkled his face in disgust. “If I had wanted a dog I would have gotten one. And I would have picked out a better specimen than that bag of bones. Keep it! I don’t want it.”

Dad waved his arm scornfully and turned back toward the house.

Anger rose inside me. It squeezed together my throat muscles and pounded into my temples. “You’d better get used to him, Dad. He’s staying!”

Dad ignored me.

“Did you hear me, Dad?” I screamed.

At those words Dad whirled angrily, his hands clenched at his sides, his eyes narrowed and blazing with hate. We stood glaring at each other like duellists, when suddenly the pointer pulled free from my grasp.

He wobbled toward my dad and sat down in front of him.

Then slowly, carefully, he raised his paw. Dad’s lower jaw trembled as he stared at the uplifted paw. Confusion replaced the anger in his eyes. The pointer waited patiently. Then Dad was on his knees hugging the animal.

It was the beginning of a warm and intimate friendship.

Dad named the pointer Cheyenne. Together he and Cheyenne explored the community. They spent long hours walking down dusty lanes. They spent reflective moments on the banks of streams, angling for tasty trout.

They even started to attend Sunday services together, Dad sitting in a pew and Cheyenne lying quietly at his feet. Dad and Cheyenne were inseparable throughout the next three years.

Dad’s bitterness faded, and he and Cheyenne made many friends.

Then late one night I was startled to feel Cheyenne’s cold nose burrowing through our bed covers. He had never before come into our bedroom at night. I woke Rick, put on my robe and ran into my father’s room.

Dad lay in his bed, his face serene; but his spirit had left quietly sometime during
the night. Two days later my shock and grief deepened when I discovered Cheyenne lying dead beside Dad’s bed.

I wrapped his still form in the rag rug he had slept on. As Rick and I buried him near a favourite fishing hole, I silently thanked the dog for the help he had given me in restoring Dad’s peace of mind.

The morning of Dad’s funeral dawned overcast and dreary. This day looks like the way I feel, I thought, as I walked down the aisle to the pews reserved for family. I was surprised to see the many friends Dad and Cheyenne had made filling the church.

The pastor began his eulogy. It was a tribute to both Dad and the dog who had changed his life. And then the pastor turned to Hebrews 13:2. “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers…”

“I’ve often thanked God for sending that angel,” he said.

For me, the past dropped into place, completing a puzzle that I had not seen before: the sympathetic voice that had just read the right article ~ Cheyenne’s unexpected appearance at the animal shelter ~ His calm acceptance and complete devotion to my father ~ and the proximity of their deaths. And suddenly I understood. I knew that God had answered my prayers after all.

~by Catherine Moore~
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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Why Did Jesus Come?

The Bible gives numerous purposes for the coming of Jesus to this earth:-

1. He came to fulfill prophecy

“I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).
“Christ has become a servant . . . to confirm the promises given to the fathers” (Romans 15:8).

2. He came to abolish the law

“Christ Jesus . . . is our peace . . . by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances” (Ephesians 2:13-15).

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill . . . not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18).

3. He came to seek the lost

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

4. He came to save the lost

“For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost” (Matthew 18:11).

5. He came to serve

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45).

6. He came to give His life as a ransom

“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28).

7. He came that men might have life more abundant

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

8. He came to reveal the Father

“Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (Matthew 11:27).
“Jesus said to him, ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father’” (John 14:9).

9. He came to do the will of God

“Then He added, ‘Look, I have come to do Your will’” (Hebrews 10:9).

10. He came to preach

“But He said to them, ‘I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose’” (Luke 4:43).

11. He came to bring fire

“I have come to bring fire to the earth” (Luke 12:49).

“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire . . . He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:11-12).

12. He came to bring judgment

“And Jesus said, ‘For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind’” (John 9:39).

Note with this verse Luke 12:14, John 3:17, and John 8:15 which says: “I judge no man.”

13. He came to be king

“Therefore Pilate said to Him, ‘So You are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world’” (John 18:37).

14. He came to bear witness to the truth

“For this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37).

15. He came to save sinners

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (I Timothy 1:15).

16. He came into the world to be a faithful high priest

“That He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God” (Hebrews 2:17).

17. He came to put away sin

“Now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26).

“You know that He appeared in order to take away sins” (1 John 3:5).

“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

Compare John 1:35, Leviticus 16:20-22, Isaiah 53:6, II Corinthians 5:21.

18. He came to destroy the works of the devil

“The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” (I John 3:8).

“Only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death” (Hebrews 2:14).

“Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” (John 12:31).
“For the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me” (John 14:30).

19. He came to send a sword

“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! No, I came to bring a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household” (Matthew 10:34-36).

20. He came to bear our sins

“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross” (I Peter 2:24).

“Christ . . . having been offered once to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28).

21. He came to provide a pattern of holy living for Christians

“Since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps” (I Peter 2:21).

“Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart” (Matthew 11:29).

Have a truly blessed day

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey