Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

God is so magnificent & powerful that one name cannot fully describe God. Our church’s name, Trinity, connects us to the three names that help us most to understand & experience God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit …

 

Which is why Jesus said in the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

 

The Spirit was God’s presence at creation (Genesis 1:2), and is the resurrected presence of Christ (John 14-17, Acts 1). The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Bible and inspires us as we study the Bible (II Timothy 3:16). The Holy Spirit also helps us to pray when we don’t know how to pray (Romans 8).

 

With perfect wisdom Jesus explained “… the Father sends the Counselor as my representative – and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit – He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you,” John 14:26.  Consequently, our spiritual hunger is only satisfied as we open ourselves to the fullness of God’s presence.

 

My own yearning & questing for the Spirit was intense and frustrating until I learned the secret.  God, however, had never intended it to be a secret.  A gift? Yes.  Which is why spiritual gifts are called “grace gifts.”  A second blessing?  Yes, if we understand that there are continuous blessings of transformation which the Spirit ushers into our lives.

 

What then is the secret?  Yielding.  Yielding to the Holy Spirit…

 

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Posted on 2 May, 2010 in Spirituality
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A central truth is that living in a right relationship with God enables us to live in a right relationship with others and ourselves. This righteousness begins and ends with love. This righteousness is a choice to make and becomes our character.

 

Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

Christian character, as noted by Richard Foster, is formed by “the habit of moral excellence.”  From our character we make decisions which shape our life.  From our character we choose how to use our time, spend our money, and invest our talents.

 

From our character we form our attitudes by which we respond to surprises, challenges and pain.  From our character we set our comfort zones, mold our preferences and connect with people.  From our character we are known by others, held accountable by God, and feel good or bad about ourselves.  Therefore, getting our character right is essential.

 

God promises to help us get it right. Read More »

Posted on 27 April, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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Article by Malcolm Marler, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

If you have ever had a catastrophic event happen in your life where everything was fine one day, and the next day your life was changed forever, you understand.

 

If you have ever loved someone with your whole heart and s/he died suddenly without warning and you lived in shock and numbness for weeks, months, or even years, you understand.

 

If you have ever had a friend or family member suffer with cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, HIV, or any other illness that caused an enormous amount of suffering for the patient and for the caregiver, you understand.

 

If you have ever had the hopes and dreams of a marriage crumble before your eyes even when you tried to do everything you could do to save it, you understand.

 

If you have ever put your trust in someone completely without reservation only to find out that you had been misled or lied to, you understand.

 

If you have ever been hungry, or without a home, or suddenly without a job, you understand.

 

If you are ever been so overwhelmed by debt that you could not pay your bills, you understand.

 

If you have ever pretended to be one type of person to the world when you were another, you understand.

 

And what do you understand if you have experienced any of these things? Read More »

Posted on 20 April, 2010 in Gratitude, Making the Day Count, Spirituality
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

God’s promises are released in our lives by prayer.  The book of Acts, through 31 instances, passionately conveys the stories of early believers being transformed as they prayed.

 

These accounts connect to our 21st world as we lean into God’s presence.

 

Aligning our will to a prayerful awareness of God’s will becomes the key for successful decision-making.  As our human will seeks alignment with God through prayerful intimacy, our lives are altered by the prayerful insights received and by the actions we take after saying “Amen.”

 

Our desire for intimacy with God is a common desire.  Augustine said, “Our hearts are restless until we find rest in thee” (Confessions 1.1).  We hunger to live intimately with God.  Prayer enables us to know more of God and to know that we are known by God.  Prayer enables us to walk with, talk to, and listen to God. Read More »

Posted on 19 April, 2010 in Motivation, Spirituality
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

This past Sunday was Bright Sunday.  We wear bright clothes as a fun expression of living in the brightness of Christ’s resurrection.  The brightness also connects us to the historical practice for Christians to enjoy the humorous side of faith after we have experienced the seriousness of Holy Week.

 

God renews us by renewing people’s trust to be the “body of Christ.”  We are an Easter people.  We are a people of life transformation. So … what’s next? 

 

This article marks the beginning of a sermon series filled with God’s promises from the book of Acts. The answer to the question of ”What’s Next?” is “God’s 8 Transforming Promises.”  Through these promises, God reveals His truth, releases His power, and revitalizes us by His presence. Read More »

Posted on 13 April, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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