• When you meet the “True God” found in the Scriptures, you will discover a new hunger, passion, and zeal for Him! The Psalmist declared, “My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God!” (Psalm 42:2). Or as they proclaim in Hebrew: “El Chay” (Khah-ee) the GOD OF MY LIFE! ~N.H. Hoekes
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  • My dear friends, spiritual gifts continued to be common in the church even until the beginning of the fourth century! Morton Kelsey was correct when he said, “These men were well aware of Paul’s list of the gifts of the Spirit and what it included. In no place do they suggest that any of them had dropped away.” ~N.H. Hoekes

  • 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