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“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭15-17‬ ESV)

From the time this verse was written to today there have been questions regarding the third party of the trinity. The Holy Spirit has been made out to be a “crazy maker” by some and completely forgotten by others. It seems that when it comes to understanding who the Holy Spirit is and what His function is in our lives the majority of people live on two extremes. Either they have embraced the phrase “holy roller” and frequently exercise all the gifts of the Holy Spirit with a highlight on anything that seems weird to a normal person. Or the other side of the spectrum simply stopped acknowledging the Holy Spirit in fear that they would be associated with the “holy rollers.”

I must say that neither of these two responses or outlooks regarding the Holy Spirit are correct or healthy. At the very basic concept of the Holy Spirit we see that Jesus recognizes him as a “helper.” First as believers in Jesus we must realize and admit that the Holy Spirit is real and part of the trinity yet uniquely different for our benefit. To have a cessation mindset in regards to the Holy Spirit is to only believe in part of God’s teaching. Secondly, we know that God is not the author of confusion therefore the Holy Spirit would not be the leader or initiator of things that could be deemed weird or confusing. When the Holy Spirit moves it is to help the believer!

To find out more about the Holy Spirit join us at FFWC in our new series entitled: “My Best Friend”

Aaron

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While on a family road trip the other day I started thinking about all the people who have come and gone in my life. Im gonna be open, transparent, and brutally honest. Some that have come have been the best thing I could ever imagine……for instance, my incredibly hot, down to earth, on fire for Christ, superhero mother of a wife, Cori. I can honestly say that Proverbs 18:22 must have been written for me (“find a good spouse, you find a good life-and even more: the favor of God”). She is my rock that keeps us together and I wish that we had met earlier.

On the other hand there have been people, a descent number of people, that could have gone as quickly as they came. You know, those people that you say in the back of your mind, “Adios, don’t let the door hit you on the way out!” Those kind of people that some odd way leave you desperately wanting to put your arm in a meat grinder rather than spend two minutes with.  The kind of people that make you cross off the bread from your grocery list because you seen them on isle five and you make the decision on the fly that you really wanted wraps for lunch instead of deli sandwiches. Do you know the kind of people I am talking about?

I have recently took the stand that even THESE people have a special place in my life. Proverbs 18:23 says, “Friends come and go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.” THESE people, the deli sandwich to a wrap people, exist in my life to remind me of how incredibly blessed I am with true friends. True friends that don’t judge but help fix. True friends that will listen to me whine and then speak the truth. True friends that put my feelings before their own. True friends that believe in the direction of my life.

Sometimes you have to experience something a little salty to appreciate the sweet things in your life. I used to think that my families boundaries were firm and the only time someone came in or left was either through a wedding or funeral. But now I know that I am blessed with an inordinate amount of incredible friends that are truly my family!

~Aaron