Where has the voice of the nation, the faith nation, gone? The strength of those who were some of the mightiest evangelists has, in my opinion, died when they passed and those who were supposed to take up the challenge of the greats like D. L. Moody and Billy Graham to mention a couple, have been attacked, bullied and abused by a nation focused on self. Sure, there are some strong evangelists out there but listen to the message, it is often watered down to meet the needs of the masses rather than take on the needs of the lost. If you think I am being harsh, guess what, I am and the one I will be the harshest is myself. I read a meme the other day that said: “if you want everyone to like you, go sell ice-cream”. I can guarantee you that regardless of how soft or “grey” a stance you take in life, someone will have an issue with you. If you are trying to get through life with your head low and hope to never be the cause of any issues, at some point you will step on toes so why go through life fearful of causing a problem? Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying we should all rebel and fight the system, I am, however, saying never be afraid to live your faith. There will be some who will be rubbed the wrong way by your stance but hold firm and seek out strength in the Holy Spirit.
Consider this, for forty days, the disciples followed the risen Saviour and they learned at the feet of the Master. They went to the chamber after He ascended and waited as directed and the Spirit came upon them like tongues of flames, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. This Sunday we are going to look at this but I want us to focus on this most important message; Peter, who denied Christ before the crucifixion, who cried because Christ confronted him at the feast after the resurrection, who hid behind locked doors after Christ was buried, this same man stood before thousands after the Holy Spirit filled him with divine courage and he spoke boldly to a crowd who were gathered to ridicule and bully the followers of Christ. The passion of the message was so powerful that it touched the hearts of many and about three thousand were saved! The message was simple, Christ is Lord, He loves us all and died for our sins.
Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”
Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away —all who have been called by the Lord our God.” Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” Acts 2:37-40 NLT
This weekend, we celebrate the message of Pentecost. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST.
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