The very nature of God's Spirit is to express power and to share it.

When so many feel powerless, it is good to know that God is generous, offering the Spirit's empowerment to all the world.

The offer is there for you now as well. Reach out, reach up for the power of the Spirit in your life.

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Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2

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Have you ever done something wrong and then felt so guilty about it that you didn’t want to be around people who knew what you had done?

I remember times when I disobeyed my parents and then was ashamed to face them! But every time, they forgave me and said they still loved me and wanted me to be their child.

That’s sort of what happens when we become followers of Jesus. We know that we aren’t perfect, but God tells us that we are still loved. And then God’s Spirit comes and empowers us to overcome any fears or guilt we have and to celebrate being a child of God!

Rebecca Poe Hays

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Lord God, forgive me for the times I mess up and help me to have faith in your love for me. Thank you for sending your Spirit to let me know that I am loved and treasured by you. Amen.

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Come, Blazing Fire,
Anoint our tongues with the messages of peace;
Till, though blind, we see,
And deaf, we hear,
And imprisoned, find release.

Vicki Vogel Schmidt

Rebecca Poe Hays

Rebecca Poe Hays recently graduated from seminary and is currently working for Passport, Inc. while preparing to begin further studies in Old Testament. She studied English literature in college and loves seeing how Scripture uses narrative to teach important lessons in creative ways. Rebecca has served on a number of church staffs in both Tennessee and Alabama and has done editorial work for several years.

I Hear Thy Welcome Voice

Ken Medema

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