More

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Is this all that life holds in store?

No indeed, there’s so much more

A baptism of fire in which to bathe

Beyond John’s dipping – our souls to save*

To be so filled – we rise in potential

Being showered in gifts that for the church are essential**

Some to be prophets, teachers, and guides

And so many more than these besides***

These are available to the brave

That are prepared to be witnesses – others to save

For those who answer the Spirit’s call

You shall be amazed by it all

With head annointed, and soul restored****

A life abundant and so much more


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Inspired by Pastor Vince’s sermon for today

*Acts 19

**Acts 2

***Ephesians 4:11

****Psalm 23

Holy Spirit

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Pastor Vince has been presenting a series on the Holy Spirit. This essential character of what many Christians call the Trinity was present at the creation (Genesis 1), Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3), and the establishment of the church (Acts 2). But like the Son – Logos, the actions of the Spirit would require more pages to write about than the world could hold. Let us be open to the Holy Ghost’s call and guidance, never shunning or limiting the holy gifts granted us.


The Holy Spirit do not shun

For He shall guide you in things to be done

Do not the Spirit’s gifts bury – disdain

Quench not the power of God’s domain

The Holy Ghost blaspheme not

For it is a sin that shan’t be forgot

But in the Spirit be you bathed

The ultimate gift to those who’re saved

Be it knowledge, wisdom, or tongues unknown

It is by His grace these talents are shown

The Holy Spirit do not shun

For He shall guide you in things to be done


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Flames of Fire His Servants

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Pastor Vince began a series today on the Holy Spirit. In his message he drew on the image of the temple, of waters and of fire. He noted the power of the Holy Ghost come in the form of fire to transform the Apostles at Pentecost, and the with tongues of fire on their heads had their own tongues empowered to speak languages they had never studied. The fire of the Spirit figuratively set them “on fire” for the Lord, and became His instruments.

All Christians baptised in water and the fire have that same mission and power to change the world and to seek and save the lost. I love that the symbolism of the Spirit is repeated in the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 104. We find wind and flame as in Acts 2, and waters as in Ezekiel 42. “How many are your works, Lord! (Psalm 104:24,” the works of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And we too are His craftsmanship (Ephesians 2: 10) and in the power of His Spirit we too can be “flames of fire” – His servants.

Psalm 104 (NIV)

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Lord my God, you are very great;
    you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;
    he stretches out the heavens like a tent
    and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
    and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds his messengers,
    flames of fire his servants.

He set the earth on its foundations;
    it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
But at your rebuke the waters fled,
    at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
they flowed over the mountains,
    they went down into the valleys,
    to the place you assigned for them.
You set a boundary they cannot cross;
    never again will they cover the earth.

10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
    it flows between the mountains.
11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
    they sing among the branches.
13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
    the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for people to cultivate—
    bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
    oil to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains their hearts.
16 The trees of the Lord are well watered,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests;
    the stork has its home in the junipers.
18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
    the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,
    and the sun knows when to go down.
20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
    and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey
    and seek their food from God.
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
    they return and lie down in their dens.
23 Then people go out to their work,
    to their labor until evening.

24 How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
    teeming with creatures beyond number—
    living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

27 All creatures look to you
    to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
    they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
    they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face,
    they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
    they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit,
    they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    as I rejoice in the Lord.
35 But may sinners vanish from the earth
    and the wicked be no more.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Praise the Lord.


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