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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pentecoastal Sunday-Part II--Happy Birthday to the Church of Jesus Christ

Acts 2 (New International Version)

Acts 2

New International Version (NIV)

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.’[c] .  . .  . . 
Pentecost--A.K.A. The Birthday of the Christian Church--on this day let us remember how many times and places that the instructions were to feed or take care of the poor and hungry, which started right after Jesus Resurrection--Gosspell of John ends with Jesus telling Peter to "Feed my sheep' not once nor twice, but three times.  In addition, there is Paul's Letter to the Galatians (my personal favorite Book of the New Testament) 2:10-- . . . "Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward (eager) to do." .  .  .

This is why It is My firm belief that we Christians need to step out of the Holy Spirit's way and let Him do His job of conviction. Our job as the Body of Christ, IMHO-is to feed and care for each other, especially those who are in need. In addition, It is our job to care for the environment/creation/the creatures there of, for it truly is not ours--it is our children's' and grandchilren's , which we are only the caretakers of until they are born and can take care of it until it becomes their job to pass it on to their children and grandchildren.
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