Week 41   Day 2

 

 

             the spirit permeates 

                                    like salt in food 

                                    like light in a room 

                                    like air in the lungs 

                                    like the faint fragrance of a flower

                        permeating 

 

            the spirit empowers too 

                                    like a sudden conviction 

                                    like the surprise of thunder 

                                    like a surge of courage 

                                    like a flash of insight 

                        empowering 

 

            the experience of pentecost 

            was a permeating and an empowering one 

                        that ecstasy of soul 

                        that excitement of community 

                        that elevation of confidence 

                        that energy of faith 

                        that kaleidoscope of 

                                    colors and flames 

                                    visions and chaos 

                                    language and cultures 

 

                        it was that conviction of the

                                    total 

                                    absolute 

                                    unequivocal 

                        presence of the spirit

 

                                                permeating 

                                                empowering 

 

                                                            ---rus

 

 

 

                            ANOTHER NEW BEGINNING
The Holy Spirit produced courage, new life, & 3000 converts.

                                                 Acts 2

 

    1When the Day of Pentecost had come, they were all with

one accord in one place.  2Suddenly there came a sound from

heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole

house.  3Then there appeared divided tongues, as of fire, and

one sat upon each of them.  4They were all filled with the Holy

Spirit and began to speak with other tongues.

    5There were in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every

nation.  6When this sound occurred, the multitude came together,

and everyone heard them speak in his own language.  7They 

marveled, saying to one another, "Are not all these who speak

Galileans?  8How is it we hear 11them speaking in our own

tongues the wonderful works of God.  12Whatever could this

mean?"  13Others mocking said, "They are full of new wine."

    14Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and

said to them, "Men of Judea and Jerusalem, heed my words. 

15These are not drunk.  16This was spoken by the prophet Joel: 

17'It shall come to pass in the last days, that I will pour out

My Spirit on all flesh.  19 I will show wonders in heaven and

signs in the earth.  21Whoever calls on the Lord shall be saved.'

    22"Men of Israel, hear these words:  Jesus of Nazareth, as
you yourselves
know--23being delivered and taken by lawless
hands, was
crucified and put to death.  32This Jesus God has
raised up;
we are all witnesses.  33And being exalted to the
right hand
of God, He poured out this which you now see and
hear. 
36Therefore let all know assuredly that God has made
Jesus, whom you crucified, both
Lord and Christ." 
   
37When they heard this, they were cut to
the heart, and said,
"What shall we do?"
 38Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every
one be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of
sins; and you
shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  39For the
promise is
to you, your children, and to all who are afar off."

    41Those who gladly received his word were baptized; and

that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 

42They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and

fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.  44All

who believed had all things in common.  45They sold their

possessions, and divided them among all, as anyone had

need.  46They continued daily with one accord in the temple,

47praising God and having favor with all people.  The Lord

added to the church daily those who were being saved.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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