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God’s Image and the Great Commission

April 19th, 2019

What in the world does God's image (Genesis 1) have to do with Jesus' Great Commission (Matthew 28)? Our Heavenly Father is amazing in how He orchestrates his plan across time! There is a profound link between Adam's creation/commission and the New Covenant community's creation/commission. As Solomon wrote, "There is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Want to know your future, Christian? Look to the past for understanding and clarity. Is your curiosity piqued?

God - Our Standard of Holiness

March 29th, 2019

"Quit being HOLIER THAN THOU!" How often have we heard that through our lives? Holiness is something we don't hear a lot about from pulpits today, and yet it is a bottom line expectation from God. He even said, "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy." (1 Peter 1:14-16) But what IS holiness? What determines whether something (or a person) is holy or not? The answer may be quite surprising!

Holy Spirit Gifts - The Knowing Gifts - 1 Corinthians 12

October 19th, 2018

These three gifts of the Holy Spirit may not be as "flashy" or stunning as the gift of languages, prophecy, healings, or miracles. But these three are heavy artillery! Why? The Lord often blows up log jams in personal ministry by gently revealing foundational issues that block recovery (Word of Knowledge). Sometimes He blasts through rocks that impeded our personal growth or directions He wants to take our congregations (Word of Wisdom). Very often our Good Shepherd protects us from ravenous wolves by showing us through His targeting system exactly what they are (Discernment of Spirits). You will LOVE this episode and it's vitally important. Why? Because the hallmark of the End Times is deception and all three of these are crucial defenses against deception. Check it out!

Holy Spirit Gifts - The Power Gifts - 1 Corinthians 12

October 12th, 2018

Jesus' ministry was marked by incredible manifestations of POWER! Healing the sick, raising the dead, driving out demons, controlling nature...WOW! Now...do you want to have your mind blown? Jesus told His disciples this, "Truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father." (John 14:12). We are now faced with a basic choice: Either Jesus is lying or we are to expect that we will manifest Jesus' power, even doing greater things than He did. Healing? Stilling storms? Miracles? Seriously? Yup, if you take Jesus word seriously, are submitted to Him and are willing to learn. Take a listen and pray the Lord releases greater power through His people today!

Holy Spirit Gifts - The Speaking Gifts - 1 Corinthians 12

October 5th, 2018

Okay, yeah. So let's start with the weird ones, shall we? Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry tackle the 1 Corinthians gifts of Languages (Tongues), Interpretation of Languages (Interpretation of Tongues) and Prophecy. Ready...set...GO!

Holy Spirit - Did the Power of God Stop?

September 14th, 2018

Cessationism, a fancy-schmancy word for "stopping" as in ceasing.

 

You: "Well, that's a mighty big word, Truth Barista! What does it mean and why bring it up?"

 

Truth Barista: Glad you asked! Cessationism is "the view that the “miracle gifts” of tongues and healing have ceased—that the end of the apostolic age brought about a cessation of the miracles associated with that age. Most cessationists believe that, while God can and still does perform miracles today, the Holy Spirit no longer uses individuals to perform miraculous signs." (gotquestions.org/cessationism.html) In spite of the fact that the power of the Holy Spirit is still moving today, there are some well-meaning Christians that don't believe it BECAUSE all that was just to kick-start the church and establish the Bible as the Word of God. Is that the TRUTH? Listen and judge for yourself!

Holy Spirit - The Power of the Holy Spirit! part 2

September 7th, 2018

Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry continue their talk on the POWER of the Holy Spirit! You'd better be prepared for real-life testimonies of God's power healing people and in-your-face challenges to those who say the Holy Spirit isn't active today. Before you listen, be sure to put on your steel-toe shoes!

Holy Spirit - The Power of the Holy Spirit!

August 31st, 2018

From the very start of creation, God has shown His mind-blowing POWER! Throughout the Bible, the Lord acts in power on behalf of His people. The 10 Plagues, the splitting of the Red Sea, manna in the wilderness for FORTY YEARS, miraculous victories in war, numerous healings, pillars of fire, raising the dead, and on and on! When Jesus came to reveal God's ultimate way into His kingdom, He not only spoke of His Father's kingdom but acted in great power as EVIDENCE of His Father's kingdom. God's power is the norm for His kingdom. As His subjects, we have access to Jesus' power through the Holy Spirit. In fact, Jesus commissions us and expects us to walk in His power as we live in His kingdom from day to day! BUT...many in the church are afraid to step out in faith to exercise the Lord's great power. Challenged? Take a listen!

Holy Spirit - Filled (What Does That Mean?)

August 23rd, 2018

If you've been following the Truth Barista's ongoing Bible study and discussion with Amazing Larry about the Holy Spirit and what He does, you'll know that the Holy Spirit is the one who changes us into new people for God. Then after we're changed, we're immersed/soaked with His presence so we can live a changed, clean, consecrated (set apart to God) life with the Holy Spirit giving us a live, direct access to God. So what next? We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. And God doesn't regard this as an option for His child. What does this mean? Take a listen and find out.

Holy Spirit and Immersion? What does Immersed in the Holy Spirit Mean?

August 15th, 2018

John said of Jesus, "I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." (Mark 1:8. So does John. Matthew and Luke add and with fire.) If baptize means to immerse, then what does it mean to be immersed/submerged/dunked in the Holy Spirit? Why is this mandatory for Jesus to do to each believer/follower of His? Is there a difference between the Baptism IN the Holy Spirit and the Baptism OF the Holy Spirit? Take a listen as Jay, the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry talk about this amazing truth!

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