A New Day!
The book of Acts is one exciting book, from Jesus' great commission to the making of disciples of all nations. Matt.18-20. Acts 1:8 is the key to book. "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria and to the end of the Earth." Acts relates a step by step expansion of Christianity from Jerusalem to Rome. The new church began in the upper room with about 120 believers , the original 11, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. The hope of the church was on them. Most had left Christ in his time of suffering. they , at best, stood from a far off. " After He was raised from the dead, He presented Himself to his followers by many infalible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." Acts 1:3. Acts is a book of action. It is God's peoples' experience with the holy spirit. They were filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fell upon them. The Holy Spirit was poured out on them. The Holy Spirit came upon them! Jesus had promised them, the church, they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:1-4 is the story of Pentecost. Read Peter's sermon and the peoples' response. The church took off like a rocket. After more than 2000 years later it is still God's church , His body. Should we be excited, or what? Let it not be said that that the church of the living God is dead or is dying.I love the fact that our Father is not moved by our state. He will take the lowest of us , or the weakest among us, or even the most arrogant person and Spirit filled and Spirit led children of God who are willing to live and willing to die. Let your will be done. If we allow the Holy Spirit to have His way there is nothing that God cannot do. Let us truly seek His face and see what God has in store for us. We now pray, Holy Spirit you have promised us times of refreshing , times of renewal. Lord we long for a fresh anointing from you. Come quickly Lord Jesus.
Pastor Paul and sister Claudia.
Love is the Greatest
"Love is the Greatest"
And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is Love (1 Cor 13:13). Because of His love, we can walk in the light as He is in the light. And the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. Because of His love for us, Jesus endured the cross and the shame of the cross for us. This is the Easter story! For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) We can, with confidence, say "Mission accomplished!" The King has conquered death!! He is risen from the grave just as he promised!!! Let us shout for joy that our King, Lord and Saviour reigns. He sits in authority at the right hand of the Father, ever making intercession for us. Hallelujah! Oh, what a saviour we serve. We are blessed above all people. Let us rejoice and be glad!
Bro Paul and Sis Claudia