Category Archives: A New Name

A New Name | Empowered: Follow Through

This morning we wrap up our week-long focus on how the Holy Spirit empowers us with a new identity. This verse came to mind as I considered how to encourage you all (and myself) this morning: “…Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:20 (ESV) Jesus’ words. Matthew 7 is one of those passages…

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His Word | Empowered: Galatians 5:22-23

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) This is a verse we recite in my house a LOT! Molly’s article in the fall issue was spot on regarding our desperate need…

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A New Name: Reject Sorcery

Before we start trashing Disney or Harry Potter or The Jedi lets define sorcery. In Galatians 5:20, Paul uses the Greek word “pharmakeia” which is the use of medicine, drugs or spells. It is further defined as “magic, sorcery, enchantment”. This word is only used twice in the New Testament – here in Galatians 5:20 when…

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A New Name: Destroy Idolatry

I was not worshiping any other gods, or was I? Idolatry is to have extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone.  “You should have no other gods before me.” Deuteronomy 5:7 ESV “Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus…

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A New Name: Abandon Lust

A few years ago a wildly popular movie hit theaters and I honestly Could. Not. Believe. how many women went to see it. I am not even going to mention the name of it because I don’t want my blog coming up in a search for a nasty film depicting sexual abuse as anything but…

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