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The Holy Spirit Will Change Your Life

Pastor Hope Chernich, First Church of Des Plaines

Life throws a lot at us. We’re stretched thin: it’s work, family, friends, and everything else. The day is too full already. How can we find time for anything extra?, How do we carve out an hour for church? For spiritual growth?  

Jesus has the answer. It’s the Holy Spirit. When we welcome the Holy Spirit we discover life IS larger. Limitations melt, and something wonderful is given to us. Our capacity in a busy world finds new space. We have changed.

United with the Holy Spirit, we reach higher. All the busyness is still there, but the volume knob has been turned down. There is peace enough for more in life.

Comfort flows down like a gentle stream. Our understanding –and acceptance—of this life’s mysteries grows in the warmth of a new closeness to God. We choose a new path; we turn toward our brothers and sisters. There is room, now, to live as God would have us. The Spirit is with us.

In John 14:12, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these…

Each Sunday in May, First Church sermons will explore a different aspect of life with the Holy Spirit.

  • May 5: Capacity to know truth: The Holy Spirit guides us on life’s journey
  • May 12: Capacity for comfort: The Holy Spirit comforts us we hurt
  • May19:  Capacity to be understood: The Holy Spirit empowers us to speak

  • May 26:  Capacity to include: The Holy Spirit unites people across differences

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