Reflection from Ps. Bill

Dear Logos Flock,

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:13-14

This Saturday Christos will be starting a three-session discussion on the “Essentials of Faith” in the EPC. At our first session we will look at the first three essentials which have to do with the Trinity.  

Each paragraph of the “Essentials” is a carefully crafted statement on each of the Three Persons of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  The wording on the Person of the Holy Spirit relies primarily on Scripture. The other two paragraphs on God the Father and God the Son are also heavily influenced by Scripture but also lean into the historic Confessions – the Nicene Creed, the Apostles Creed and the Westminster Confession of Faith. 

I am so grateful for the Person of the Holy Spirit. He is our “Helper” (Jn 15:26), and Jesus said that He will “guide us into all the truth.” The Holy Spirit not only speaks what he hears from the Father and the Son, but he will “declare things that are to come.” (16:13)

Theologically speaking we live in the “last days.” That is, we live between the time of Jesus’ ascension and His second coming. I don’t know about you, but lately, it feels like we really are living in the “last days!” 

The last two days I’ve awakened with headaches from smoky air. This morning we woke up to an email from a former congregant in rural Northern California asking prayer for another congregant who is fighting to save his one hundred year old family homestead from raging fires. 

We live at a time of a one-hundred year pandemic, extreme civil unrest across America, a struggling economy and now hazardous smoke that is contentedly making its home over the entire West Coast from raging wild fires. 

Today I take comfort that the Holy Spirit dwells within me and is my Helper in “times of trouble.” May the Spirit of God who dwells within you, “hover” over you (Genesis 1:2) and bring you comfort and calm today. The Spirit hears our prayers and makes intercession to the Father on our behalf even when our words seem inadequate. 

Grace and peace,

Pastor Bill

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