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Summary: This sermon proves that the Holy Spirit is God, sent by Jesus, and lives within every Christian (acknowledgement Dr. Henry Schorr, Centre Street Church)

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o Good morning. For those who are new here welcome to Calvary

o o The church is not a place to come to but a place to belong to

o Were in a series called what we believe

o What it is Christians believe about God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit

o Over the next several weeks were going to look at the Holy Spirit

o o A few years ago I had the privilege to speak to my extended family at my dad’s funeral

o At the time I had not lived in Windsor for thirty years

o I had not given much thought to how big the extended family was

o I really had almost forgot that I have 35 first cousins

o At the funeral message there were about 100 people in the room

o It was a serious message

o My nephew said why does Uncle Randy always go for the jugular

o But I believe it was suitable for the occasion

o More importantly I sensed the Holy Spirit calling me to give a straight forward salvation message

o Just a story about why I believed my dad was now in heaven

o Now I had never given a message to my entire family

o When you give the family that type of message your attacked

o I was attacked by a tremendous darkness (forces of wickedness)

o I felt incompetent and fearful to deliver such a message

o It would have been easier to give a message on love and kindness

o That message would not have been a lie because my dad was a kind and loving man

o What if I had not correctly heard the Holy Spirit that night?

o I started out by telling them about the late faith of my dad who at 72 turned his heart to Christ

o Once I started speaking the fear was lifted, words flowed off the page, and hearts were changed that evening for all eternity

o I felt unusual liberty

o At the conclusion I clearly showed them from Romans how believing in Jesus would give eternal life

o As the message’s conclusion my cousin beckoned me to come to the glass door and have a look outside

o Peggy pointed to the most spectacular double rainbow I have ever seen

o It was a sign and confirmation of God speaking through his word and nature

o That night my niece and her husband Sheri and Dennis gave their hearts to Jesus

o What if I had not been led by the Holy Spirit to deliver that message?

o I may have never known the joy of seeing their lives transformed and hearing their testimonies

o Sheri and Dennis had lost it all

o This was their second marriage

o Their children, 12 and 10, were in foster care

o The bank had repossessed their home

o They were alcoholics

o They were cocaine drug addicts

o They were gamblers

o Their marriage was finished

o Recently I sent an email to Sheri asking her how they were doing spiritually

o Here is how she responded

o It only gets better. 2007 was a very blessed year for my family and I.

o We continue to grow stronger and stronger in our faith.

o We don’t worry too much about what will happen next, we know it’s in God’s loving hands.

o We know he will provide. We know because he promised. He always comes through, gets us through. He has a plan, we just follow.

o We just had dinner with Pastor Glenn and Wendy and asked them if we could start another Bible Study


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