Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

The apostles were in the middle of their Pentecostal feast when suddenly a loud sound, like a fierce wind, filled their ears.
 
All the apostles felt alive and full of energy, totally revitalized, and as they looked at each other in amazement and wonderment, they saw that every apostle had a tiny flame hovering over their head.
 
“The Holy Spirit has arrived”, they exclaimed and they were even more astonished to discover that they were all speaking in different languages.
They all felt as though they had unlimited energy, courtesy of the Holy Spirit, and they ran excitedly out into the nearby streets giving thanks to God in many different languages.
 
Some were preaching about God in Greek; whilst others were preaching about Jesus in Latin. And some were praising the Holy Spirit in Arabic.
 
It was the tradition that many people from the surrounding countries visited Jerusalem at the time of Pentecost.
 
And when these people from foreign lands heard the apostles preaching with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, they marvelled, one to another:
“These men are only from the area of Galilee. So how is it that they can speak our language fluently?”
 
But some people just laughed and made fun out of the apostles by saying that they were only drunk!
 
But when they heard Peter preaching everyone felt an emotional stirring because of his vibrant passion.
 
“Most certainly we are not drunk, far from it”, Peter joked. “We are followers of Jesus of Nazareth. He has come back from being dead. We have seen him with our own eyes!
 
And today the Holy Spirit has descended upon us, which is why you are able to understand what we are saying in your own language.”
 
And Peter continued, “Those of you who are truly sorry for all the sins that you have committed may receive God’s blessing today. Will you join us?”
 
And that very day, following Peter’s preaching and teaching more than 3,000 people were baptized and became followers of Jesus.
 
Praise be the Lord. Hallelujah
With many peaceful blessings
Geoffrey

 

Jesus: The Way, The Truth And The Life

Years ago I had the privilege of staying in a Turkish home. I very quickly noticed differences to the life I was used to in the UK. All shoes were removed before entering the apartment, leaving an untidy collection of footwear outside every front door.

Then, whenever we visited someone, or received visitors, a box of biscuits or pastries were always presented to the host, which accompanied chai or coffee. Initially I was completely ignorant of this custom, yet once inducted I chose to adopt it myself. Initially I felt uncomfortable, since it was all new to me.

The disciples listen attentively as Jesus describes his imminent departure, but in spite of his many reassurances, Thomas explains that while loyal to Jesus, how can they follow him if they don’t know where he’s going? Then the simple clarification; Jesus is the Way.

This Way as lived and taught by Jesus was to become the customary way of life for the followers of Jesus, who, post-Pentecost, established this Way within the Church. It’s the Way of attending to teaching, engaging in worship, practising hospitality, performing simple acts of service and caring for all as if they themselves were Jesus.

Today, with free and easy access to the Internet and a rising interest in all things spiritual, it’s easy to find alternative ways of encountering God.

However, Christian discipleship has never been offered in DIY kit form; it’s the life Jesus lived and best set out in the Beatitudes and Jesus’ own prayer. It’s demonstrated by the character of the life he pursued on earth, only ever doing that which the Father told him.

(Dr Micha Jazz)

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

The Holy Spirit

The following envisionment is based upon a series of lectures about the Holy Spirit given by Kathryn Kuhlman in 1947 (the year I was born).

Kathryn said:-

“I see in my mind the three persons of the Trinity sitting down at a great conference table before the formation of the Earth ever took place.

God, the Holy Father, gave the others the news that even though He would create men to have fellowship with Him, that man would sin; and break that Fellowship.

The only way Fellowship could then be restored would be for someone to pay the price for that sin. For if another did not pay it, then man himself would have to continue to pay the price in unhappiness, disease, death, and eventually hell.

After the Holy Father finished sharing, His Son Jesus spoke up and said, ‘I’ll go. I’ll take the form of a man and go down to Earth to pay that price.  I’ll be willing to die on the cross so that man can be restored to perfect fellowship with us.’

Then Jesus turned to the holy spirit and said, ‘But I cannot go unless you go with me; for you are the one with the power.’

The Holy Spirit responded and said, ‘You go ahead and when the time is right, I shall join you on Earth.’

So Jesus came to Earth, was born in a manger, and grew to manhood. But, even though He was the very Son of God, He was powerless.

Then came that magnificent moment at the River Jordan when Jesus, coming up out of the baptismal waters, looked up and saw the Holy Spirit descending upon Him in the form of a dove.

It must have been one of the greatest thrills that Jesus received as He walked in the flesh on this Earth. And I can almost hear the Holy Spirit whisper in His ear, ‘I’m here now. We’re running right on schedule. Now things will really begin to happen.’

And they did happen. Filled with the Spirit, He was suddenly empowered to heal the sick, cause the blind to see, and even raise the dead. It was the time for miracles. For three years they continued, and then, at the end, the Bible says that He gave up the ghost, and the Spirit returned to the Holy Father.

After Jesus was in the grave for three days, that mighty third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, returned.

Jesus came out of the grave in a glorified body. He performed no more miracles during the short time He was here, but He gave His followers a great promise; the greatest promise of all in the Bible.

He said that same Holy Spirit who had lived in Him would return to live in all those who opened their lives to His power. The same things that He, Jesus, had done. His followers would do, also.

In fact, even greater things would be done because now the Holy Spirit would not be limited to one body, but would be free to enter all those everywhere who would receive Him.

The last words He said before He went away were,  ‘And you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.’

God the Father had given him Him the gift. Now He was passing it on to the Church. Every church should be experiencing the miracles of Pentecost. Every church should be seeing the healings of the Book of Acts. This gift is for all of us.”

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

Pentecost – Today’s Biblical Word Search

As today is Pentecost it is thus appropriate that today’s Bible Word Search, specially created by my wife, Marlene,  comes from Acts 2: 1-6 (The Pentecost).

To freely download this challenging word search please visit:-

http://www.christianwordsearches.net/Pentecost1.html

God Bless you all on this very special day

Geoffrey

The Holy Spirit

The following envisionment is based upon a series of lectures about the Holy Spirit given by Kathryn Kuhlman in 1947 (the year I was born).

Kathryn said:-

“I see in my mind the three persons of the Trinity sitting down at a great conference table before the formation of the Earth ever took place.

God, the Holy Father, gave the others the news that even though He would create men to have fellowship with Him, that man would sin; and break that Fellowship.

The only way Fellowship could then be restored would be for someone to pay the price for that sin. For if another did not pay it, then man himself would have to continue to pay the price in unhappiness, disease, death, and eventually hell.

After the Holy Father finished sharing, His Son Jesus spoke up and said, ‘I’ll go. I’ll take the form of a man and go down to Earth to pay that price.  I’ll be willing to die on the cross so that man can be restored to perfect fellowship with us.’

Then Jesus turned to the holy spirit and said, ‘But I cannot go unless you go with me; for you are the one with the power.’

The Holy Spirit responded and said, ‘You go ahead and when the time is right, I shall join you on Earth.’

So Jesus came to Earth, was born in a manger, and grew to manhood. But, even though He was the very Son of God, He was powerless.

Then came that magnificent moment at the River Jordan when Jesus, coming up out of the baptismal waters, looked up and saw the Holy Spirit descending upon Him in the form of a dove.

It must have been one of the greatest thrills that Jesus received as He walked in the flesh on this Earth. And I can almost hear the Holy Spirit whisper in His ear, ‘I’m here now. We’re running right on schedule. Now things will really begin to happen.’

And they did happen. Filled with the Spirit, He was suddenly empowered to heal the sick, cause the blind to see, and even raise the dead. It was the time for miracles. For three years they continued, and then, at the end, the Bible says that He gave up the ghost, and the Spirit returned to the Holy Father.

After Jesus was in the grave for three days, that mighty third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, returned.

Jesus came out of the grave in a glorified body. He performed no more miracles during the short time He was here, but He gave His followers a great promise; the greatest promise of all in the Bible.

He said that same Holy Spirit who had lived in Him would return to live in all those who opened their lives to His power. The same things that He, Jesus, had done. His followers would do, also.

In fact, even greater things would be done because now the Holy Spirit would not be limited to one body, but would be free to enter all those everywhere who would receive Him.

The last words He said before He went away were,  ‘And you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.’

God the Father had given him Him the gift. Now He was passing it on to the Church. Every church should be experiencing the miracles of Pentecost. Every church should be seeing the healings of the Book of Acts. This gift is for all of us.”

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Please take time to read – and inwardly digest – this very powerful teaching.

Yours, in Christ

Geoffrey