Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Difficult People to Love +

    Loving others is not easy, Read More
  • River of Love +

    There's a river of love that runs through all timeBut there's a river of grief that floods through our livesIt Read More
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In writing about Spirit Filled Spirituality Boa discusses Walking in the Power of the Spirit, Gifts of the Spirit, and Openness and Discernment: A Balance.

In the first chapter he discusses how the power the Spirit is predicated on enlightenment of the Word. Many believers overemphasize either the Spirit (Spirit Centered Believers) or the Word (Word Centered Believers). Both are needed to unite the mind and the heart so that they reinforce each other. He reviews briefly the three major Spirit-centered movements of the 20th century: Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Third Wave. Basically there are two ways a person is filled with the Spirit. One is manifested internally as translated from the Greek word pleroo, and the other externally, translated from pimplemi.

The next chapter reviews the purpose and nature of Spiritual gifts. The church is a diverse group of believers with different gifts incorporated into a single body united in purpose and call. Boa gives us 12 principles describing the nature of gifts. Based on the lists in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 he describes the various gifts, and adds other singular ones found in scripture.

The final chapter expands the discussion on how to balance openness to the Spirit with discernment based on knowledge of the Word. The strengths and weaknesses of an exclusively Spirit centered approach versus exclusively Word centered approach are outlined. Boa points out once again the need to balance truth and power, and Word and Spirit to guide our inward and outward journeys. He concludes by offering advice on how to appropriate the power of the Spirit.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

  • River of Love

    There's a river of love that runs through all timeBut there's a river of grief that floods through our livesIt Read More
  • I Am Nothing

    I stutter when I tryTo speak the language of lifeI want to shout out loudBut I just cry insideSometimes it Read More
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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Transforming this World: The Hope of Glory by NT Wright +

    Wright confronts the perspective that this world doesn’t matter, and that we live only to be in heaven. He shows Read More
  • What is Good in a World that Defies Hope: a talk by NT Wright +

    This is the second part of three talks by NT Wright at Harvard University in November, 2008 on the topic Read More
  • The Stream, the Lake and the River: NT Wright +

      Acts 2.1-21; John 7.37-39; a sermon at the Eucharist on the Feast of Pentecost, 11 May 2008, by the Read More
  • Jesus in the Perfect Storm by NT Wright +

    Zechariah 9.9-17; Luke 19.28-48; A sermon for Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, In the University Chapel of St Salvator, St Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Christ is a Great Savior: a review of the movie Amazing Grace +

    Amazing Grace is a historical drama about William Wilberforce who was elected to British Parliament at the age of 21 Read More
  • Wilberforce, Hollywood's Amazing Grace, Charlotte Allen +

    William Wilberforce's relentless campaign eventually led the British Parliament to ban the slave trade, in 1807, and to pass a Read More
  • Making Beauty out of Ugly Things: Grace by U2 +

    Grace, she takes the blame She covers the shame Removes the stain It could be her name Grace, she carries Read More
  • The True Nature of Grace and Love: a movie review of the Soloist +

    The 2009 movie The Soloist is based on a book by the same name, written by Los Angeles Times columnist Read More
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