I have been thinking about what happened when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and just from a casual reading you can see that the coming of the Holy Spirit causes a reaction – there are various adjectives describing people when they come into contact with the manifest power of God. The people were perplexed 2:12, amazed, 2:12, cut to the heart 2:37, filed with wonder and amazement 3:10, astonished 3:11. All of the emotions are quite dramatic – and that is what happens when God comes. I remember working with a couple of guys – one who was nonchalant towards the gospel and one was antagonistic, I remember talking with a friend about which of these two was closer to the kingdom and my friend suggested the quieter of the two. I thought, actually, the one who is antagonistic seems like he is closer because of the reaction that was in him to the things of God. The quieter one had a much harder heart. In time the antagonistic one wanted to know more, and more, and eventually gave his life to the Lord. I like it when there is a reaction to the things of God, both … Read More »
I know that in the church stream that I am involved in we tend to not look at the traditional church calendar and it is only because of our involvement with ‘church’s together’ that I am aware of the upcoming Pentecost Sunday. I have also been focusing my reading on acts, particularly the first few chapters. From reading them I cannot help but long for another Pentecost and I always hope that on Pentecost Sunday maybe God would break out again – not that I think that he is restricted to a day of the year when he can move and I do long that he will come every day in power – but that particular day focuses the mind. With special days as with all things it depends on how you use them that makes them religious or a stumbling block to others or something we depend on as if that particular day could give us life – God is the giver of life and can move in one day as much as he can another.
However, from looking at the first couple of chapter in Acts a few things have been stirring in me. The book starts off with … Read More »