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After Pentecost, then what?

  Yesterday was Pentecost, the day that Christians commemorate the pouring out of the Holy┬áSpirit (as told in the book of Acts) and celebrate the birth of the Church. My church has been walking through the book of Acts during our Wednesday night Bible class. We spent a good deal of time developing an understanding of the Holy Spirit’s interactions with the New Testament Church. I’ll summarize it briefly because the rest of the post relies on a clearer understanding. In a nutshell, all who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior have the Holy Spirit living inside of them. Read More

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Lose the Training Wheels

While reflecting on the book of Acts, I found myself comparing the apostles’ behavior to how they had been portrayed in the Gospels. The image that came to mind was that of losing their training wheels. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus points out just how much they don’t “get it.” Yet, once they receive the Holy Spirit, the training wheels come off. They are healing people and boldly proclaiming the name of Jesus – even at the risk of imprisonment and death. This is a very clear change from a group of men who were too afraid to even show up Read More