Sins Against the Holy Spirit

Matthew 12:31 “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven.”

The Holy Spirit is God and can be sinned against by both the believer and the unbeliever.

1> The sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit
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9 Common Church Change Mistakes

Q: It seems to me that I’ve seen more churches damaged when a pastor attempts to lead change than I have churches made stronger and effective. Why is this? What are some of the common mistakes that derail a positive transition?

A: It’s true. The church world is littered with and haunted by failed attempts at transition and change. Though attempted by well-meaning pastors and leaders, the changes were approached in the wrong way and/or for the wrong reasons. Beyond the hurts experienced by both leaders and people, these failures have left us with an even larger problem: the widely embraced belief that change isn’t possible or worth it. These failures have entrenched many churches against the very point of following Christ—change.

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How God Gets Our Attention

When God speaks to us – we need to immediate realize that His message is of utmost importance

  • Deserving our full attention
  • Complete concentration

Often we become dull and insensitive to His voice – God has His ways of gaining our undivided attention

THE NORMAL CHRISTIAN LIFE

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‘God’s Goal in Communicating’

God never says anything unless it is important and worth remembering

  • He does not engage in chitchat
  • He doesn’t preface His remarks with anything
  • God is always to the point and He always says things precisely and concisely

God speaks clearly because He has specific objective in mind

  • So it is good to know – very beneficial to know – God’s goal in speaking to us

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Facing the Giant of Resentment

Perhaps the best caricature of the power of resentment was penned by the author Charles Dickens in his novel Great Expectations. There we meet the immortal character Miss Havisham, jilted at the altar many years before. Long ago, she was dressing for her wedding, waiting for the hour of nine when her groom would arrive and the blessed event could begin. The immense wedding cake, along with a sumptuous feast, lay in wait.

At precisely ten minutes before nine, a message had arrived. The groom would not be coming; he had run away with another woman.

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Attacking Your Anger

There is, in Scripture, such a thing as positive anger. We see this in the anger of Jesus. Jesus expresses anger on more than one occasion. You may already be thinking of the most famous of these – His encounter with the money-changers at the temple. In John, Chapter 2, we learn that Jesus came to the great house of God and found a thriving business venture in process – the selling of sheep and oxen, the exchange of money, and the making of fortunes. Jesus carefully constructed a whip mode of cords, and He set about driving out all the purveyors of the sacrifice industry. Not only that, He overturned the tables and let all the money fall on the floor. (John 2:14-15)

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The Giant of Worry

Your local YMCA is crowded with people who have come to relax. They take refreshing swims or work up a healthy sweat in the weight room. It’s a place where you go for recreation – unless you happen to be the man in change. George McCauslin directed a YMCA facility in the Pittsburgh area, and things weren’t going well for him. The job was eating him up inside.

George was struggling with his work. The club’s membership was on a downward spiral. It was operating in the red with high debt, and George had to contend with critical staff problems. People came here to work off their tension; where could the director go with his own? Read more

A Holy God Who Loves You

The idea of the wrath of God is often something people struggle with. Outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins wrote:

” The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving, control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. Those of us schooled in his ways can become desensitized to their horror.”

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The Harvest is Ready And…

I hear lots of excuses for why believers and disciples of Jesus don’t evangelize. I listen with a heavy heart to what amounts to justification for rebellion. The spiritual atmosphere is so oppressive; people are just not interested; it’s not my gift; I have tried and it never works; I am tired of being rejected; I don’t know what to say; I never have an opportunity to talk about Jesus; I don’t have time. Really, they are simply excuses and the grounds for rebellion.

Jesus said to His Church – the true believers and followers – to “go into all their world and make disciples.” In other words, join Him in His work of seeking and saving the lost (Luke 19:10). It was not a suggestion – it was a command. It was not an option that we get to choose or reject. It was a command to His people. It is the reason there is a Church and the only job description for the Church found in the Scriptures. And, Jesus said, if we love Him we will obey Him. So, if we are not obeying Him then obviously we must conclude that we don’t love Him – in spite of standing and singing with others on a Sunday telling Him how much we really do love Him. Read more

Life Saving and Life Changing

Sharing the good news of the Gospel with others is MY RESPONSIBILITY. It is not an option I can sign unto like a new cable station on television. It is not a take-it or leave-it proposition. It is a command from The Lord and those who love Him will obey Him.

Ezekiel the prophet had a message from The Lord and he was commanded to deliver it. Here is what God spoke regarding this… “You must warn them so they may live. If you don’t speak out to warn the wicked to stop their evil ways, they will die in their sins. But, I will hold you responsible for their death.” (Ezekiel 3:18 NCV) Read more