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One came baptising in Spirit and fire

Filling you with dynamic power

Purging you of your ways old

Tempering and changing you for missions bold

Transformed to be ablaze yourself

A light brilliant eschewing self

And like the flaming bush of long pasts

Your flame will draw others to God’s path


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Thank you Pastor Vince for the message today.

Serving the Servant

There at the beginning, through Him all things were made

The Light of creation – yet He humility displayed

He came unto His own – they recognised Him not

It was all part of the plan – that He taught

For though rejected – a victory He won

For He opened a way for us to be called “son”

For in His weakness there was power

That has been passed on to you

So you may serve the Great Servant

And be lifted up too


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Thanks to Pastor Vince and his message from John 1 today.

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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Praying For The Seeds Sown

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The Guardian/Observer Group published an article today in which it was reported that the Covid-19 outbreak has led to an increase in the number of British adults turning their attention to matters spiritual.  According to a survey a quarter of adults have logged into online worship services, and twenty percent have “begun to pray.”

This is to the backdrop of a 15% drop in attendance in the Church of England in the past decade.  Various sources have noted that in 2018, 11% of the UK population attended church, and only 2 – 5% in the C of E (2018 Statistics For Mission).  Yet, today’s article shows that “One in five of those who have tuned into services in the past few weeks say they have never gone to church.”

Many of us have prayed for revival.  I am not suggesting that the dreadful disease is the “answer to our prayers,” but rather that it is giving we people of faith an opportunity to spread the word of God.

Let us continue in our prayers.  First of all for the health and safety of society.  We also need to pray for the recovery of the sick, and the comforting hand of God for those who mourn.  But we should also hold up the lives and souls of those who are joining us in our online devotions, and that the seeds that we are sowing there will be as those of that fall “on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown (Matthew 13:8).”

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British public turn to prayer as one in four tune in to religious services

 

 

Your Mission

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Pastor Joe brought us a passionate message this week on mission.  He called us not only to identify our mission in life, but to undertake it as well.  He noted that this was a area of life which had very much been on his heart of late, and enacting his personal mission was now a priority.

He noted that the idea of mission is not new to Christianity.  He said the fact that there is a Christianity at all is because Jesus himself had a mission.  Matthew 18:11 tells us, “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”  This very point is repeated again in Luke 19:10, as well.

Jesus’ mission was the reason He came to Earth.  We were a lost and dying world, and God so loved us, that He sent His one and only Son to save us (John 3:16).

But it was a mission that would require sacrifice.  Jesus would not take any short cuts in fulfilling His duty.   In Matthew 4: 1-11, we find Jesus being tempted in the desert.  He is offered two direct shortcuts to His mission.  The first was for Him to cast Himself from the Temple-top.  This would truly get people’s attention.  But He refused quoting scripture.  He then is offered the end result of His quest – the souls of all the world.  But at all too high of a price – the worship of Satan.  This too is rebuffed.  The end result is Jesus would have to die to complete his task.

Ephesians 1: 5-7 tells us,

“In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”

Jesus not only came to seek and save us, but in His blood adopted us!  It was and is an ultimate act of love.

It is that love in the form of selfless compassion that was at the heart of Jesus’ mission.

Matthew 9: 35 – 38 reads,

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

But the passage continues in by showing us, as that as Jesus’ adopted siblings we too should show the same compassion and sense of mission.

“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

This is summed up in what is often called the Great Commission. Matthew 28: 18-20 says,

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We are to do this out of love for God, but also because of our compassion for our fellow humans.  If  we open our eyes we will see the needs (see Colossans 3:12).

Seeing the need is not always the “religious” thing to do, but it is the right thing to do.  Look at Luke 10: 33 and following.  A man is robbed and left for dead.  Yet the “religious” figures of a priest and a Levite ignore the man’s need and distress.

“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity [compassion] on him. . . .  “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?  The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”  Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

And so should we.  “Your mission if you choose to accept it . . . ” is plain to see.

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Messengers

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Sister Claire brought a wonderful “message” this week which was full of deep truth and coupled with a sincere simple delivery.  It really did serve as the epitome of its content.

She began with presenting the image of a postal messenger.  She noted that they are equipped with uniform (identification), a messenger’s bag (to hold the content), and a duty (to deliver the message).  She then challenged us to consider if we took on such a role, would we not strive to live up to the calling?  She then powerfully reminded that as Christians, we have indeed been so sent.

She continued by presenting Paul’s words to the Romans:

“For, “’Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news’!” (Romans 10: 13-15).

The world is lost.  Sin is in ascendance.  The world needs salvation.   To find it they must believe, but requires being taught.  Those who are the instruments of bringing that saving message are lovely (or at least their feet are). We are those lovely instruments.

We do not start our Christian walk fully prepared.  But we are born again with a commission to teach others.  This can feel daunting at times.  We may well shy away from the task as we see our inadequacies.  But God has given us the excellent example of His servant Isaiah.  Isaiah 6 tells us that in the year of King Uzziah’s death that Isaiah saw the image of God:

“I saw the Lord,high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory'(verses 1-3).”

In the face of this Isaiah panicked.  “How can someone see God and live?”  He was far from prepared to enter upon the mission he was about to receive.

 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty (v. 5).”

Such a response, however, only opened him up to be prepared!”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, [See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for’ (v 6-7).”

Thus prepared he was sent!

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I.  Send me!” He said, “Go and tell this people . . .  (v. 8-9).”

Sister Claire gave a personal testimony of her and her husband’s early zeal to do the same.  But their efforts were greeted with indifference or even avoidance by others.  But so were the efforts of Isaiah!

Isaiah faced a people with “ears dull and [who] close their eyes.”   But this is no reason to continue with the task at hand.  We too were stiff-necked, but the break-through came. 

Paul reminds us,I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.  So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).”  God  is the head gardener, we need to follow our assignments. He is in charge.  He has equipped and sent us.

And yes, He has sent us “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28: 19-20).” To the end of the age!  Peter, James, and John are no longer here among us.   So who shall be the messenger now, and until the age.  Simple: “Go ye” means “go me.”

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Mountain Tops

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We often speak of the outstanding events of our lives as mountain top experiences. We want these experiences to last for ever, and this is understandable.  They often are full of joy and exhilaration.

Often worship lifts us to these heights. We are in the presence of God, and of like minded a d purposed people.  God is in the house, and we explicably want to retain this taste of heaven.

It is interesting therefore that in scripture we find that such mountain top moments are not opportunities to stay put, but clarion calls to move on.

In Exodus 19:20, the “Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain.”  He then called Moses to climb the mountain engulfed in cloud and smoke, and the sounds of thunder and trumpets. Moses was called into God’s very presence! “Then Moses went up on the mountain, which was covered with a cloud.  The shining-greatness of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai. And the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day He called to Moses from the cloud. To the people of Israel, the shining-greatness of the Lord looked like a fire that destroys on the mountain top.  Moses went into the cloud as he went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights (24:1-18).” Yet, he was not called there to remain, but rather to receive a mission. Moses is given God’s commandments, then sent back to lead the people.

Similarly in Matthew 17 we find another mountain top moment,

 “After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.  Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground, terrified.  But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead (vs 1-9).” [italics mine]

The three disciples are accompanying Jesus on a mountain top.  There they come into the presence of the great men of faith Moses and Elijah. The experience is electrifying for them.  Peter in his zeal wants to make the experience last.  Let’s build shelters her for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah.  In a sense he is saying, “Lord, this is great let’s just stay.” But then mission comes into play again.  The voice of the Father interrupts Peter’s planning.  And as a bright cloud falls on the mountain, God’s word, again as at His baptism, affirms Jesus’ identity.  But what’s more the disciples are given a direct command from the Father – “Listen to Him.”  And what are they told? “Get up,” and then led down the mountain.  There was work still to be done.

Should we then shun the mountain top moments? Absolutely not.  They are tastes of things to come for us.  They empower and enrich us. But, they are not the do all and end all of our walk. Once energised we too have a mission (one incidentally given on a mountain top):  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).” This is a mission difficult to complete if we build shelters on the mountain top. We need to go beyond our church doors, and into all the world to help lead others upwards!

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Giving Prayer Legs

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Sister Lisa presented a lesson this week entitled “Giving Prayer Legs,” or put more prosaically it was about taking your spiritual and prayer life and making a real difference in the here and now.

She drew her initial text from Matthew’s version of the great commission,

Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 26:18-20).’”

Jesus’ followers were to go into world, not with the sole goal of making converts, but true fellow-followers – disciples. It can be noted as well that the passage can be read that we are to make disciples “as we go.”  It is an action we can take part in in any walk of life, using the skills, talents, and gifts that God has entrusted each of us with.  I like Lisa’s point that as parents we have influence over our children, as teachers – our students, as co-workers – by our examples.

This she cross referenced this with 2 Corinthians 5 in which we are not only common messengers of God’s word, but ambassadors,

 “For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!(vs 19-20).”

“As we go,” we are the embodiment of people’s view of God.  If we are inconsistent or hypocritical it is noticed.  Similarly, however, if we put on the modestly and humility of Christ, this too will be noticed.

Some of our actions can be very low key indeed.  We may have the “more humble” gifts, but used properly they can have a great impact to God’s Kingdom.  Lisa shared the story of Mr. Eternity.  This semi-literate Australian man felt called to god by a sermon on “Eternity.”  He felt compelled to share this word with the people of Sydney, and spent over two decades writing it in beautiful script across the city.  Lisa queried the impact of this on those who discovered it. Was this in part the preparing of the fields for some of the great revival work in that city since?

This reflection made me ponder the parable of the sower,

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop – a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown (Matthew 13:3b-8).”

When the disciples asked the meaning of the story Jesus explained,

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:  when anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.  The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.   But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or  persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.  The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.  But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown (Matthew 13: 18-23).”

As noted above each of us has been given different gifts.  It is up to us to “give these legs.” To link these two ideas let us consider the sower’s seed.  For some of us we may well be the broadcasters (sowers) of the seed.  To others, however, God may well have entrusted us with sweeping the paths or scaring the birds (encouragement of others), for some it may well to be removes of rocks and tillers of soil (those who labour with good example and soften hearts with our good deeds), to yet others there is the task of clearing the weeds (teaching and supporting others in overcoming the attractions of the world). And to those who have been this supported and prepared, to “pay it forward,” and in our turn go and make disciples.

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The Poor

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I frequently read through online sites that offer examples of rabbinic storytelling.  I recently came across a tale entitled Half Way to Ending Poverty as retold by Doug Lipman.

“Rabbi Naftali of Ropchitz was known for his persistence–and for his wit. One day, he remained in the synagogue an entire morning, praying that the rich would give more of their money to the poor. When he returned home, his wife asked him, “Were you successful with your prayer?” Rabbi Naftali answered with a smile, “I am half-way there!” His wife looked puzzled. “Oh, yes” he assured her. “The poor have agreed to accept!” (source: http://www.hasidicstories.com)

What struck me about the story was not any great insight into social justice. Instead  there was a sense of futility of any expectation of an altruistic spirit by the “haves” to provide for all the “have nots.”  Okay, there are some great philanthropists out there, Bill Gates and the like.  But even these do not really dent the poverty gap.

The early church was remarkable in their compassion and selfless giving within the brotherhood.  Acts 4:32-35 reads,  “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.  Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need (emphasis mine).” 

This small “c” communism though, was not sufficient to end poverty altogether.  Nor did it make everyone even “well to do.”  It made it so everyone in the fellowship had enough, no more – no less, however.  It is only a chapter later that the greed (whether for wealth or for praise) slips in with Ananias and Sapphira.  They held back, which was not the sin in itself, but the lie was.  I have written about the attitude of wealth in the past (see post of the rich man and Lazarus).  But, are we any better?  Most of us using this forum will be comfortable materially.  Those in Europe or North America will statistically be among the most well off in the world. I am not saying we are all, “the haves, or have yachts”, but we are better off than the super poor of some other areas of the world.

It is here interesting to note Jesus’ words, “The poor will always be with you (Mark 14:7, Matthew 26:11).” Yes they are still here 2000 years on.  It is the second part of Jesus’ statement that resonates, however. “But you will not always have Me.”  Material wealth wasn’t the issue.  There was something more valuable on offer.

This is seen in part in Acts 3:1-16,  “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.  And all the people saw him walking and praising God:  And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

The power of Jesus was manifest. Not only in the healing, but in the following faith and praise. Yes, while on this earth the poor may be ever present.  But even if the material wealth is not provided, spiritual well being is available to all.

No, I am not saying we have no obligation to aid those in physical need.  The example of the early church cited above gives us a model and an example.  But even as we share our relative wealth, we have an even greater treasure to share which is inexhaustible – the love of God, and the word of the Gospel.

And I pray (in all earnestness) that those who are “spiritually impoverished” will, like Rabbi Naftali’s poor, “agree to accept!”

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Pentecost – Guidance from God

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The Christian celebration of Pentecost stems from the gathering of the apostles and others on the Jewish festival day.  While gathered the Spirit of God came upon them with the sound of rushing wind, and with tongues of fire above them.  They could then speak miraculously in the languages of all that heard them (Acts 2).  This receiving of the Holy Spirit marks the beginning of the church, and the power which allowed a small band of believers to fulfill their charge “to go into all the world, and make disciples.”

I Corinthians 12: 7- 11 (NIV) states: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,  to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”  These gifts gave the guidance and power necessary to change the world.

The first Pentecost was not the one in Jerusalem in circa 30 A.D. however.  It occurred in the Sinai fifty days after the escape from Egypt. It was here that Israel received the commandments of God.  A mission if you will.  They would be God’s people, and He their God. The guidance they would need was provided via Moses in God’s own words.

At Jerusalem God again gave a mission.  It was the empowering of His people to go into all the world, and to bring others into the fold.  On this day it would not be written word, but the living Spirit of God to guide them.

Are we up to that mission (of word and of power) today?  His guidance awaits us.

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