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April 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

May 13th is Mother's Day!


Mother’s Day is really more than just a day for cards, chocolate, breakfast in bed, and reservations at crowded restaurants. Mother’s Day is a celebration that finds solid support in Biblical principles and commands. You won’t see “Mother’s Day,” in the Bible but you will see text about honoring mothers, revering them, and giving them generous love and recognition for the role they play in our lives. 

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April 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Pentecost is May 20 but what the heck is it?


What is Pentecost Sunday? Well, in the Christian church, it is a celebration of the receiving of the Holy Spirit. Did you know that Jesus spoke about the promise of the Holy Spirit to His disciples (John 14:26)?

Jesus the Christ showed Himself to these men after His death on the cross and His resurrection, giving proof that He was indeed alive. And then He told them to wait in Jerusalem for the Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit, from whom they would receive power to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:3-8).

It wasn’t until after Jesus’ ascension to Heaven, the men returned to Jerusalem and joined together in prayer in an upper room. Then it happened… on the Day of Pentecost, just as promised, the sound of a violent wind filled the house and tongues of fire came to rest on each of them and all were filled with the Holy Spirit. This was the beginning of the Christian church as we know it.

The celebration of Pentecost Sunday reminds us of the reality that we all have the unifying Spirit that was poured out upon the first-century church in Acts 2:1-4. It is a reminder that we are co-heirs with Jesus the Christ, to suffer with Him that we may also be glorified with Him; that the manifestation of the Holy Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7); that we are all baptized by one Spirit into one body (1 Corinthians 12:13); and that the Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead lives inside believers (Romans 8:9-11).

Know this… the gift of the Holy Spirit that was promised and given to all believers on the first Pentecost is promised for you and your children and for all who are far off whom the Lord our God will call (Acts 2:39).

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