The Ask (Acts 17:32-34)

“And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. So Paul departed from among them. Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.” (Acts 17:32–34,Continue reading “The Ask (Acts 17:32-34)”

Acquiring Boldness (Acts 4:23-31)

“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31, AV) Everyone needs boldness. Often when we think of proclaiming the truth of God’s word, we may struggle. Shall we beContinue reading “Acquiring Boldness (Acts 4:23-31)”

The Bible Answers (Acts 2:14-17)

“For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;” (Acts 2:15–16, AV) In 1983, the Lord saved me while I was reading a Bible placed by the Gideons in a Minneapolis hotel room. While IContinue reading “The Bible Answers (Acts 2:14-17)”

The Outsiders (Hebrews 13:10-14)

“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” (Hebrews 13:12–14, AV) “Oh, you’re one of them!” Throughout history, there haveContinue reading “The Outsiders (Hebrews 13:10-14)”

Ivory Palaces (Psalm 45:8)

“I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (John 17:4–5, KJV 1900) Today is Christmas Eve. When I consider Christmas, I thinkContinue reading “Ivory Palaces (Psalm 45:8)”

Give Thanks (Ephesians 5:18-20)

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” (EphesiansContinue reading “Give Thanks (Ephesians 5:18-20)”

Saved Completely (Hebrews 7:22-28)

“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25, KJV 1900) When you think of the word uttermost, what comes to mind? For me it takes me to astronomy and thinking about the uttermost ends ofContinue reading “Saved Completely (Hebrews 7:22-28)”

Discernment (Hebrews 5:14)

“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:14, KJV 1900) It is amusing to watch inexperienced people with cars. I can drive with them when they first get their car and everything soundsContinue reading “Discernment (Hebrews 5:14)”

Easter Sunday Services

I would like to invite everyone who has been following my blog on Renewing the Heart to our church’s Easter Sunday program online. I’ll be giving a short ~ 17 min. message from the Nags Head Pier at sunrise, 6:30AM. Our Pastor, Rick Lawrenson of Nags Head Church, will be preaching the main service. YouContinue reading “Easter Sunday Services”

The holy Law (Romans 7:12-14)

“Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.” (Romans 7:13, ESV) Years ago, I sat on a jury in aContinue reading “The holy Law (Romans 7:12-14)”