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Month: April 2014

A Temple of the Holy Spirit

A Temple of the Holy Spirit

Do you have some difficult faith topics that you push away from your mind as much as you can? I bet you do. I think we all do. One of my challenging faith concepts has long time been that ‘my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit’. Not because I would not agree with the statement. But because it is humbling to think that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. THE HOLY SPIRIT!!! Or didn’t you realize that your body…

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How to Be Fully Convinced

How to Be Fully Convinced

Are you fully convinced that Christ is risen and lives and cares for you? Do you trust God will do what he has promised? Or are you tired of waiting for God to answer your prayers? This is why I am utterly thankful for the Bible stories, heroes of faith that leads the way for us. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully…

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Spiritual Friendship

Spiritual Friendship

Do you have spiritual friends? Do you have at least one friend that shares your beliefs? If you are alone on your way to heaven, you’re in high risk of becoming spiritually barren. Yes, we are meant to grow together. We are a body of Christ. We are a family of God. There is no children without siblings in God’s family. Even Jesus cultivated spiritual friendships and showed us what it is to love your friends.  This is my commandment:…

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The Purpose of Easter

The Purpose of Easter

Do you know what is the purpose of Easter? The purpose of the resurrection of Jesus is to set you free. God arranged this for you. Christ died and was resurrected for you. So you could be truly free from your transgressions and live in God’s grace. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will…

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Living Hope Lifts You Up

Living Hope Lifts You Up

Haven’t you heard? Christ is risen! And that changes everything. If Jesus had not risen, we would be still dead in our sin. If Jesus had not risen, we would still be without a chance for reconciliation with God. If Jesus had not risen, we would be without living hope. But because Jesus is risen, we have a living hope. Because Jesus is risen we can be made right with God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Because Jesus…

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A Passover from Death to Life

A Passover from Death to Life

Good Friday holds a deep meaning in the life of a Christian. It is a passover from death to life. This came through Jesus’ death on the cross. But how could this event have such a huge impact on the lives of Christians? Let’s go back in time few thousand years. In the book of Exodus, God helped the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues. The tenth and worst of the plagues was the…

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Accepting Our Need for Christ

Accepting Our Need for Christ

Have you accepted the reality of your sinfulness? Are you willing to admit that because of you Jesus died on the cross? Or do you deny your need for Christ? We would like to think we are not sinners. We would like to think it’s not our fault that Jesus died on the cross. But we could not be further from the truth. If we do not accept this fact, we are living in a lie. Then we either live…

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What Can We Learn from Jesus’ Agony in Gethsemane

What Can We Learn from Jesus’ Agony in Gethsemane

On Monday of Holy week Christians traditionally read and contemplate on Jesus praying in Gethsemane. Luke concentrates on Jesus’ prayer and not on the failings of the disciples. Let’s see if there are any blessings hidden in the story. Let see what we can learn from Jesus’ agony in Gethsemane. And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples also followed Him. And when He came to the place, He said to…

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Do Not Paint Over Your Brokenness

Do Not Paint Over Your Brokenness

Have you been through a lot? Are you tired of bad news? So overwhelmed with the sorrows that you don’t know how to go on. Or are you tired of faking that everything is all right when it’s not? Listen. No matter what: Don’t paint over your brokenness. Bring it to Jesus. Don’t hide your pain. Bring it to Jesus. We won’t be thrown out just because we are broken. We are not even meant to be perfect and strong…

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Stimulated with the Holy Spirit

Stimulated with the Holy Spirit

Spring is here. I especially love how there is more and more light. It does invigorate us – at least me – so much. But there is a problem. You see, here in Finland we get light around the clock in summer time. Yes, it is wild. Yes, it is wonderful. But. It is hard to sleep when it’s so bright all the time. So what do I do? I block the sunlight out. Then it’s nice and dark and…

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