Author Archives: Given Hoffman

About Given Hoffman

Given believes in the One True God, His Truths, and bringing Words of Life into everyday life. She is a weekly blogger and suspense novelist. You can learn more about her and her books at GivenHoffman.com

What I Do When I’m Not Blogging

As some of you may have noticed, I did not post on October 7th or Oct 14th, and I will not be posting Oct 21st or Oct 28th, which is unusual for me since I’ve posted on this blog faithfully … Continue reading

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When Jesus Spoke of Baptism What Did He Mean? (Part 5)

Mat 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to [His disciples], saying, “…Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to … Continue reading

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When Jesus Spoke of Baptism What Did He Mean? (Part 4)

What if the baptisms we think of in the Bible as being of water actually are’t water baptisms? I know, it’s kind of a crazy thought, but bear with me. We have the Holy Spirit baptism of the disciples (Acts … Continue reading

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When Jesus Spoke of Baptism What Did He Mean? (Part 3)

For most Christians when baptism is mentioned in the Bible, we assume it’s a baptism of water. Since this isn’t always the case (as we talked about in Part 1 of this series), then when the word “baptism” is mentioned … Continue reading

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When Jesus Spoke of Baptism What Did He Mean? (Part 2)

Where does John the Baptist’s type of baptism come from? And why was Jesus baptized by John? If we go back to the Old Testament, we don’t see baptism exactly, but what we do see is a cleansing with water. … Continue reading

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When Jesus Spoke of Baptism What Did He Mean? (Part 1)

Are There Different Types of Baptism? Depending on your denominational background, you might think of baptism as sprinkling a baby with water, as a submerging of a believer in water (once or possibly three times), or as a receiving of … Continue reading

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Helping God’s Way

Have you ever been helping someone and really wished you could make them make the right decisions? Helping people is a messy business, because unlike working with items or technology, where you can count on them staying in place or … Continue reading

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For the Love of God, Respond.

Have you ever sent someone an invitation, request, or question and gotten no response but instead simply been left hanging? In the age of easy social media, instant e-mail, and phone messaging, one might think responding would be more likely … Continue reading

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When the Church Thinks They’re All That

I can’t count the number of times I’ve walked away from encounters with church goers or even more specifically church leaders and thought to myself, “If they were the only representative of God I had, I would ditch God and … Continue reading

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Take a Day Off

It’s okay to take a day off from trying to be meaningful or productive and to instead just rest in the fact that God cares about our relationship with Him not our performance for Him. Challenge: Take a day off … Continue reading

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