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Holy Spirit - Did the Power of God Stop?

September 14th, 2018

Cessationism, a fancy-schmancy word for "stopping" as in ceasing.

 

You: "Well, that's a mighty big word, Truth Barista! What does it mean and why bring it up?"

 

Truth Barista: Glad you asked! Cessationism is "the view that the “miracle gifts” of tongues and healing have ceased—that the end of the apostolic age brought about a cessation of the miracles associated with that age. Most cessationists believe that, while God can and still does perform miracles today, the Holy Spirit no longer uses individuals to perform miraculous signs." (gotquestions.org/cessationism.html) In spite of the fact that the power of the Holy Spirit is still moving today, there are some well-meaning Christians that don't believe it BECAUSE all that was just to kick-start the church and establish the Bible as the Word of God. Is that the TRUTH? Listen and judge for yourself!

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Holy Spirit - The Power of the Holy Spirit! part 2

September 7th, 2018

Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry continue their talk on the POWER of the Holy Spirit! You'd better be prepared for real-life testimonies of God's power healing people and in-your-face challenges to those who say the Holy Spirit isn't active today. Before you listen, be sure to put on your steel-toe shoes!

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Holy Spirit - The Power of the Holy Spirit!

August 31st, 2018

From the very start of creation, God has shown His mind-blowing POWER! Throughout the Bible, the Lord acts in power on behalf of His people. The 10 Plagues, the splitting of the Red Sea, manna in the wilderness for FORTY YEARS, miraculous victories in war, numerous healings, pillars of fire, raising the dead, and on and on! When Jesus came to reveal God's ultimate way into His kingdom, He not only spoke of His Father's kingdom but acted in great power as EVIDENCE of His Father's kingdom. God's power is the norm for His kingdom. As His subjects, we have access to Jesus' power through the Holy Spirit. In fact, Jesus commissions us and expects us to walk in His power as we live in His kingdom from day to day! BUT...many in the church are afraid to step out in faith to exercise the Lord's great power. Challenged? Take a listen!

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Holy Spirit - Filled (What Does That Mean?)

August 23rd, 2018

If you've been following the Truth Barista's ongoing Bible study and discussion with Amazing Larry about the Holy Spirit and what He does, you'll know that the Holy Spirit is the one who changes us into new people for God. Then after we're changed, we're immersed/soaked with His presence so we can live a changed, clean, consecrated (set apart to God) life with the Holy Spirit giving us a live, direct access to God. So what next? We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. And God doesn't regard this as an option for His child. What does this mean? Take a listen and find out.

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Our Daily Altar - A Model for Morning Devotions

August 17th, 2018

Many Christians say we can't learn much from the Old Testament. That, my friend, is not true. All of the Bible is God's Word and ALL of it is important to every Christian. Paul said it this way, "16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17, bold mine). In that spirit, join the Truth Barista as he reveals how the Temple priests' morning preparations for the day's sacrificial service is a GREAT picture to guide us in our morning devotions.

 

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Holy Spirit and Immersion? What does Immersed in the Holy Spirit Mean?

August 15th, 2018

John said of Jesus, "I have baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." (Mark 1:8. So does John. Matthew and Luke add and with fire.) If baptize means to immerse, then what does it mean to be immersed/submerged/dunked in the Holy Spirit? Why is this mandatory for Jesus to do to each believer/follower of His? Is there a difference between the Baptism IN the Holy Spirit and the Baptism OF the Holy Spirit? Take a listen as Jay, the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry talk about this amazing truth!

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Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of God

August 3rd, 2018

What is the mark of God's kingdom? Wherever God the King's reign is acknowledged and His will is done. Sadly, humanity threw off the yoke of God's rule in the Garden of Eden, moved into the kingdom of death and darkness, and sought to establish our own kingdoms based on following our own wills. BUT, God wants us to come back to Him. First, He opened the door to reenter His kingdom, "He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him." (Colossians 1:13-14). Then through the Holy Spirit who comes to live in us, He reestablishes His rule and reign. How do we live in God's kingdom? Take a listen!

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Holy Spirit and Salvation

July 31st, 2018

How did God the Father create the universe? Through His Son, Jesus, by the power of His Spirit: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created." (John 1:1-3) and "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters." (Genesis 1:1-2) How does God recreate people who are dead in sin and separated from their Creator? The same way - through Jesus by the power of the Spirit! Join the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they start a new series on the Holy Spirit during their Friday Bible Study at the Ersatz Coffee Shop!

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What is this Baptism Thing?

July 23rd, 2018

Why do Christian churches drip or dunk people with water? Is this something Jesus invented for His church? After all, He commanded it to be done. Churches have fought over whether it should be done for all ages or whether it can be done once or more, or dipping/dribbling/or dunking, or by anyone or just the "clergy." The Truth Barista gets to the background of baptism - FROM BEFORE JESUS(!) - and reveals what it means and how it was always done. You'll find this FASCINATING!!

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Jesus Confronts Leaders - Woes Upon Them! (Matthew 23)

July 13th, 2018

It seems things never change. Solomon wrote, "there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9c). Last week Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry looked at God's indictment of the leaders just before Israel and Judah's Fall (about 600 years before Jesus). In this episode, we see a nearly identical situation! The leadership has failed and God is about to act. The scary part? Are today's leaders doing the same thing? Take a listen and a moment to think!

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