The Spirit Filled Church – Clement’s Epistle to The Corinthians

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Below is a quote from Clement of Rome’s letter to the Corinthians in which he describes the fullness of life the Corinthians enjoyed prior to the crisis in the leadership that he was writing to correct.  What is most noticeable is the link he makes between their humble obedience and the pouring  out of the Spirit.  Far from being an … Read More

More Faith = More Healing?

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Is it possible to say that healing is connected to the quantity or volume of our faith without questioning God’s character? The problem is that the Gospels seem to suggest that the Lord values plain faith so much that he responds to it in a way that goes against our instinctive understanding of the Lord’s justice.  While we celebrate the … Read More

Self Righteousness Is…

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Self-righteousness is like a rich man coming to God’s temple to sacrifice a lamb and thinking that he is more acceptable to God than the poor man who comes with two doves. Whatever faith and repentance God grants us is to his credit, not ours. Our acts of repentance and faith are not to be confused with the righteousness that … Read More

What Shall I Render to You?

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I bless You, O Lord, though I am powerless, You strengthen my weakness. You stretch forth from above Your helping hand and bring me back unto Yourself. What shall I render to You, O all-good Master, for all the good things You have done and continue to do for me, the sinner? I will cease not to bless You all … Read More

Without Faith It Is Impossible To Please God

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….so says Hebrews 11:6 Why is this? The heart of self-righteousness is thinking that our efforts to obey God are ever equivalent to doing everything that God says we should do.  Whatever obedience we can achieve is only ever an act of repentance and faith in God, it is necessary, but it is not the whole thing.  But when we … Read More