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  • 18 Principles For Church Life Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Nov 11, 2008
     | 2,980 views

    In Paul’s closing words to the Thessalonians, Paul offers 18 principles for healthy church life regarding leaders, ministry, worship and the Holy Spirit.

    For the past several weeks we have focused on a letter that missionary Paul wrote to a young church he started in the city of Thessalonica. He wrote this letter in 50 A.D. and, of all the books in the New Testament, this one was written first. When he gets to the last part of his letter, ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Helps Us Tap Into God's Resources

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 29 ratings
     | 8,144 views

    1. The Holy Spirit teaches us the secrets of God’s wisdom.

    1. The Holy Spirit teaches us the secrets of God’s wisdom. Paul wrote, "We speak of God’s secret wisdom, God has revealed it to us by His Spirit." (I Cor. 2:7,10) Ask the Lord to help you to discover all of the facets of the Lord’s wisdom for improving your relationships, your personal lifestyle & ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Helps Us Motivate People

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 8 ratings
     | 2,084 views

    1. The Holy Spirit gives us a genuine love for people that helps bring out their best efforts.

    1. The Holy Spirit gives us a genuine love for people that helps bring out their best efforts. John wrote, "God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us." (I John 4:16,17) Ask the Lord to help you excel in your love for people so that ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Helps Us Improve Our Preaching

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 40 ratings
     | 1,956 views

    Let the Spirit empower, enable and enlighten your mind so you can be a more effective communicator of His truth

    Illustration;In a seminary missions class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had ...read more

  • Thirteen Ways The Spirit Helps Us Exhibit Self-Control

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jul 15, 2004
    based on 26 ratings
     | 1,947 views

    The Holy Spirit motivates us to serve with love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith by helping us to control our thoughts, emotions, and choices.

    Thirteen Ways the Spirit Helps us Exhibit Self-Control Gal 5:23 - "The fruit of the Spirit is self-control." Illustration: A man from Michigan had an idea for removing a tree stump from the yard of a friend. He decided to use some dynamite he had stored away in his house. It did the trick. ...read more

  • Let The Spirit Give You Greater Wisdom, Counsel And Knowledge

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Feb 27, 2005
    based on 33 ratings
     | 2,492 views

    We all need more wisdom, counsel and knowledge. Ask the Lord to help you to gain greater insights from the Spirit in all aspects of your personal life, relationships and ministries.

    Let the Spirit Give You Greater Wisdom, Counsel and Knowledge (Isa 11:2) Illustration: The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. --Proverbs 2:6 Are there any limits to the knowledge we can acquire? With today’s amazing technology we are able to tap into ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Can Lead You As He Led Jonathan

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 56 ratings
     | 2,191 views

    The Holy Spirit helped Jonathan by encouraging him to believe God for great victories with his valiant faith.

    How The Holy Spirit Can Lead You As He Led Jonathan Illustration:Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. Thomas Aquinas. Quote:Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs of men walking. First faith, ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Helps Leaders Utilize Self-Control

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 18 ratings
     | 993 views

    1. The Holy Spirit motivates us to serve with love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith by helping us to control our thoughts, emotions, and choices.

    1. The Holy Spirit motivates us to serve with love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith by helping us to control our thoughts, emotions, and choices. Paul wrote, "The object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Uses Our Feeble Efforts In Powerful Ways

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 12 ratings
     | 898 views

    1. The Holy Spirit uses our feeble efforts to share the gospel in order to break down the barriers of opposition that stand in the way of people coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

    1. The Holy Spirit uses our feeble efforts to share the gospel in order to break down the barriers of opposition that stand in the way of people coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Peter addressed the crowd on the day of Pentecost and said, "Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this: God has ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Can Lead You As He Led Jabez

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 161 ratings
     | 1,877 views

    Instead of being bitter, or changing his name to something like "love" or "peace," Jabez turned to the Lord. He asked God to bless his life indeed. Let us boldly ask God for His blessings in an extraordinary empowering and enabling way.

    How the Holy Spirit Can Lead You as He Led Jabez (I Chron. 4:9,10) Illustration: Oh, that You would bless me . . . and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain! –1 Chronicles 4:10 When we read through the Bible, we’re inclined to skip the first nine chapters of 1 ...read more

  • Why It Is Important To Minister In The Divine Power Of The Holy Spirit

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 59 ratings
     | 1,735 views

    Why It Is Important to Minister in the Divine Power of the Holy Spirit

    Why It Is Important to Minister in the Divine Power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:18-20) Illustration: Author Jamie Buckingham once visited a dam on the Columbia River. He’d always thought that the water spilling over the top provided the power, not realizing that it was just froth, that deep ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Helps Us Mobilize The Laity

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 23 ratings
     | 2,169 views

    1. The Holy Spirit helps us wisely pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers into His harvesting fields.

    1. The Holy Spirit helps us wisely pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers into His harvesting fields. Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send more workers into His fields." (Matt. 9:36-38) Ask the Lord to help you pray with ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Gives Us A Positive Response To Every Negative Situation

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 33 ratings
     | 2,591 views

    The Holy Spirit knows how to work all things together for good for those who love God and are submitting to His will. Paul wrote, "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Ro

    1. The Holy Spirit knows how to work all things together for good for those who love God and are submitting to His will. Paul wrote, "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Rom. 8:28) Application: Ask the Lord to ...read more

  • The Rich Reservoir Of Resources In The Laity

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jul 27, 2004
    based on 19 ratings
     | 2,391 views

    Nine Ways that the Spirit helps maximize the contribution of the laity in your fellowship.

    The Rich Reservoir of Resources in the Laity (Matt 9:36-38) Illustration:Dwight L. Moody was greatly moved by a lay preacher’s statement that the world has yet to see what God can do through a person fully yielded to Him. Because an attitude of submission is far more important than outward ...read more

  • How The Holy Spirit Helps Us Close The Gap Between The Ideals That We Profess To Believe And The Reality Of Our Lifestyles

    Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
    based on 27 ratings
     | 1,237 views

    1. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins by pointing out areas in our life where we are not living up to Christ’s standards of commitment.

    1. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins by pointing out areas in our life where we are not living up to Christ’s standards of commitment. Jesus said, "Why do you call me Lord, Lord, but do not do the things that I say?" (Luke 6:46) Ask the Lord to help you to be more responsive to the ways that ...read more