For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance. – 1 Thessalonians 1:5

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The experience of the spiritual Presence we call the Spirit of Christ or the Holy Spirit or any other of a host of related names is a matter of awe and renewal. It goes beyond words. Yet, in our souls, there’s a knowledge and assurance.

That’s where belief arises.

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And so we do freely confess all that is derived to us, to be in and by Christ Jesus, as a Mediator, unto whom we ascribe all, acknowledging him to be our Head, in whom all Fulness dwells. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)


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