Pentecost

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Pentecost

The Christian holiday Pentecost is celebrated fifty days after Easter Day, counting inclusively, seven weeks after Easter Day. It falls on the tenth day after Ascension Thursday.

On Sunday, Christians will celebrate Pentecost, and while many people only know so much of it as the commemoration of the Holy Spirit’s coming to Jesus’ followers in the early days, there are actually some very interesting facts about the said holy day.
In the King James Bible, the story of Pentecost is accounted in the Book of Acts Chapter 1. In verses 1-4, it reads: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

According to Patheos, Pentecost came from the Greek word “pentekostos,” meaning “fifty.” While Pentecost was originally a harvest festival and was turned into a day that remembers Moses’ reception of the 10 Commandments on Mt. Sinai, it later became a special day known by many today as one that commemorates the Holy Spirit’s coming upon Jesus’ first followers.

One promise is in the Old Testament – Joel 2:28, which says “I will pour out my Spirit on all people”, and one in the New, where Jesus says he will send another Counsellor, the Spirit of truth (John 16: 5-15).

Pentecostals are so called because of the emphasis they place on the gifts of the Spirit, particularly speaking in tongues. They stress the possibility of a direct personal experience of God, like the first disciples, which – just as it was then – is often manifested in dramatic ways. Modern Pentecostals trace their origins to the Azusa Street Revival in 1906 Los Angeles.

Luke tells of three distinct experiences. A violent wind filled the house: breath or wind is a symbol of the Spirit of God. Ezekiel 37 tells the story of the prophet’s vision of a valley of dry bones which come together: when the ‘breath’ of God enters them, they come to life and stand on their feet. The Pentecost wind represents the power of God to bring life to the ‘dry bones’ of faith.

We as Christians should seek God allowing the Holy Spirit to renew and build up in us a burning fire to share the Gospel to the world.

Pentecost must begin with a renewal in each of us personally.

Come Holy Spirit come and renew a right Spirit in me. Start a new fire of the joy of my salvation. Burn deep inside my soul and let you Pentecostal Fire burn in me, so I can be a shining light for you.

Blessings, Love and Prayers,
Pastor Pat Aman

Also, please know that:

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with Joy.
Philippians 1: 3-4

I end each message with “My Blessings, Love & Prayers,” I truly mean that, and I pray for each of you every morning and evening.

(Nehemiah 8:10)
“The Joy Of The Lord, Is Your Strength.”

(Proverbs 17:22)
“A Merry Heart Does Good, Like Medicine, But A Broken Spirit Dries The Bones.”

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