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Our Constant Companion

The Holy Spirit is found throughout the Bible, but His role in the life of God’s people develops significantly from the Old Testament to the New as all God’s good promises are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Beginnings The Holy Spirit is introduced in the creation narrative of Genesis 1:1, 2: “In the beginning God created […]

The Day of Pentecost

The weary travelers felt their hearts revive as they reached the Holy City. For a small-town villager, Jerusalem was an awesome sight. It was the day before the Feast of Weeks began, and the visitors were in a hurry to participate in the festivities. They sang the Psalms of Ascent as they climbed the mount […]

12 Old Testament Promises and Prophecies of the Coming Holy Spirit

Numbers 11:29 Psalm 143:10 Proverbs 1:23 Isaiah 11:1, 2 Isaiah 32:15 Isaiah 42:1-4 Isaiah 44:3, 4 Isaiah 59:16-21 Isaiah 61:1-3 Ezekiel 36:26, 27 Ezekiel 37:1-14 Joel 2:28, 29   These are a start. What others can you add? Send them to bibleadvocate@cog7.org.

The Orchard

Let the bank take over and forget it. We can’t keep the place going. There’s no future here. It was the 1920s, and a major Depression breathed down their necks. Reeling from the death of their doctor-husband and father, the Crockett family made a nearly unanimous decision to desert the orchard. The daughter, Adele (Kitty) […]

From Faith to Faith

For many years, when I thought about faith, I thought of it primarily in terms of my own faith, my appropriate response to God’s free gift of grace — a faith like Abraham’s, a faith prophesied by Habakkuk, a faith without which it is impossible to please our God (Romans 4:16; Genesis 15:6; Habakkuk 2:4; […]

Sing a Hymn of Providence

Where is history going? Do the details of our lives count as part of that history? Are our individual stories all there is, or is there a big story, a grand metanarrative? We derive from Scripture that there is a big story, that God is writing its chapters, and that it includes even the minutest […]

Of Darkness and Life

Abortion. It is a word that polarizes people and politics. It makes one group of people feel empowered and another feel disgusted. For many, it is a word that brings confusion. What does abortion mean? According to Merriam-Webster.com, the simple definition is “a medical procedure used to end a pregnancy and cause the death of […]

School’s Out!

So you’ve graduated high school and you’re headed away from home for the first time. Whatever your destination — college, job, marriage, or anywhere far from the familiarity of family, church, and friends — you must read this. Your spiritual health will be tested many times, and how you handle those tests will determine the […]

When Faith Falters

The book of Hebrews contains some of the Bible’s most encouraging statements regarding faith, but it also contains some cautions. One of those is found in Hebrews 10:38, which quotes Habakkuk: “Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him” (NKJV). The writer of Hebrews […]

Support the Bible Advocate in 2016

Donate to Bible Advocate   Dear BA Reader and Friend, As I write this annual fundraising letter to you, outside my window a spring storm is passing over my valley, the rain is falling steadily, and a hundred shades of green are soaking it up and bursting with new life. How richly God blesses us: […]