This is a copy of my article in our June Newsletter that is published by Jan Day. You can read the whole newsletter by going to our website http://www.orangewesley.org. In the right hand column you will see our pages and the Newsletter is one of those. Click on Newsletters then click on the page you would like to read. It should expand for easy reading.
Have a blessed day in Jesus Christ, Pastor Randy
May the 24th was Pentecost Sunday. For the next twenty six Sundays we will be in the season after Pentecost and then it will be the Advent season again. As most of you know Pentecost is the day we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming down upon the disciples in the Upper Room.
Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Some folks heard them and were amazed and others heard them and said they were drunk at 9:00am in the morning.
Acts 2:5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God- fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked:”Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?
Acts 2:13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine. ‘”14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd:”Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!
Even today Christians are made fun of by those who do not believe in Jesus Christ or the God who sent Him to us. I have said before that sometimes Christians are Christ’s worse enemies. Simply by their actions and words they turn people away from Christ and eternal salvation. Only by being filled with the Holy Spirit will we ever be able to turn the tide of people leaving churches because they cannot see or feel love in the house of God. Each and every person who claims Jesus Christ as their savior is responsible for their actions in Church and out in the world. The only way any of us can ever come close to being the people Jesus Christ teaches us to be is to be filled and led by the Holy Spirit in Church and out in the world. Seek the Spirit of God and know that you can be that person who invites souls into the fellowship of Christian Love through word and deed.