• What impresses me more than anything is when tears well in someone’s eyes every time they talk about the Lord. I am not moved by how well someone can teach a Bible story. I find more interest in people who “live” the Word, than to people who “know” the Word. I want to meet people who have walked with the Lord through all the “stuff” of life. People who have been forced to rely on His Word when things were challenging. That means more to me than someone who can quote a bunch of Bible verses, wouldn’t you agree? ~N.H. Hoekes

  • The Holy Spirit isn’t shut up in glory — out there somewhere — He is here, abiding in you now. He is waiting anxiously to take control of every situation in your life. That includes your afflictions; your finances; your relationships; your employment; your school — can you name something else? Yep, He wants to take control of that, too! So, you have to let go of it. If you are going to continue in fear, despair, questioning, going deeper into worry and anxiety — then you haven’t received him as your comforter, helper, guide, rescuer, and strength. ~N.H. Hoekes

  • Even during the difficulties and trials we face, everyone who loves Jesus gets His full attention! Yet, sadly, often we fail to rest in that. We doubt that He is on the job, working out all details for our good ~N.H. Hoekes

  • Hey Church, when we are going about the business of spreading the Gospel, we need to remember that Yahweh has never and will never empower us with the ability to change a human heart. We can never soften a man’s heart or harden their heart. Our job isn‘t to convert anybody: our job is to simply speak and demonstrate with our lives — and His power — the truth of the Gospel. Whenever I am asked to pray for healing, I will never beg and plead with my Father to heal the person. Jesus said, “All power and authority has been given to Me, you go in my stead . . . you lay hands on the sick—they‘ll recover . . .” He has already provided the healing, my task is to simply release God‘s Kingdom in whatever situation I stand before. If it is healing, I simply lay my hands on the person and thank my Father that He has already done the healing, and in the name of Jesus, healing come . . . that‘s it. No screaming, shouting, demanding, begging . . . the Scriptures simply say, lay hands on the sick — they‘ll recover! ~N.H. Hoekes

  • I’ve met many believers who still nurse the same grudges 30 years after the offense. Dear God! They keep their pain alive by reliving the offense over and over and over. As a result, they are stuck in a time warp, and no one wants to be around them because their sarcasm is so toxic. You must learn to say what Jesus said on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34) [BTW, Jesus also said, “if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins: (Matthew 6:15)] ~N.H. Hoekes

  • As we draw closer to our Father, He moves in even closer. In our daily interactions with Him, our desire should be to draw close to His heart; to understand more about Him; to obey His commands, and to hold on to His promises. Some haven’t reached that point. The question you need to ask is whether you really want Hiss help or not? If you are going to be wandering around filled with inward reservations, as James explained, you will be tossed around like a wave of the sea, aimless and fickle. Carried around by the wind one moment and driven back the next. Holy moly, if that is what you are like, you will never receive anything from God, and your life will be lead by divided loyalties. In fact, you will seek to separate yourself from God as much as possible. ~N.H. Hoekes

  • You cannot read [the book of Romans] without it affecting your heart and your faith. Samuel T. Coleridge called it “one of the most profound books in existence.” F. Godet referred to Romans as “the greatest masterpiece which the human mind has ever conceived and realized,” and called it “the cathedral of the Christian faith.’ F. B. Meyer regarded Romans as “the greatest and richest of all the apostolic works.” Jensen called Romans, “Paul’s masterpiece,” while Findlay referred to it as “Paul’s magnum opus.” Baxter regarded Romans as “the charter of evangelical Christianity,” and Griffith-Thomas stated, “A thorough study of this epistle is really a theological education in itself.” Godet was convinced, “the probability is that every great spiritual revival in the church will be connected as effect and cause with a deeper understanding of this book.” Even within the last century, this has been proved. When the Swiss theologian, Karl Barth published his book, The Epistle to the Romans in 1919, it created a theological tsunami that overwhelmed the liberalism of Europe in the twentieth century. The impact of [Romans] on the history of Christianity has been phenomenal. Maybe more than any other portion of Scripture, Paul’s letter to the church in Rome has sparked revelation and renewal in the church of Jesus Christ. So this begins our inspection of this amazing letter to the Church of Jesus Christ! ~N.H. Hoekes, from the introduction to a study on Romans