March 27, 2015

From The Fruits of the Spirit This time we have two quite positive qualities.  If on one hand the Spirit brings forth a quiet and patient acquiescence in God’s purpose, on the other hand it brings forth a quality of personal fitness of His service.  Goodness, of course, does not merely bear our cheap modern meanings of either goodness or pleasantness; the “good woman” or the “good fellow.”  It has no special reference to correct moral behavior.  It is a word that denotes perfection of quality: a good run, good cheese, good vintage, good stuff, good garden soil – the opposite number to every kind of imperfection, shoddiness, and cheapness.  The fruit of God’s presence and action in the soul is an [...]

SERMON: Faith Or Faithfulness by Dennis Ngien

August 25, 2013

Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food.  And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait at tables. Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task,  while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.” What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, [...]