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Luke 3:16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
John was right about Jesus: the baptism that we now practice is by water and the Spirit. Sometimes we forget that. The fact is, the Holy Spirit is scary, leading us to places we could only go by God’s grace. Most of the time, I favor a tame Christianity. I give thanks for that woman, with whom I had a very pleasant conversation, for reminding me that all of us Christians are warmed and animated by the fire of the Holy Spirit.
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