What was the Christian community like the day after Pentecost? What difference did that prayer meeting in the upper room make?
The people who experienced the coming of the Holy Spirit — the fire, the wind and the unknown languages — would never be the same. Instead of running and hiding from the authorities, they took their message to the streets, to the temple, and to surrounding areas. They were propelled by a spiritual “rocket fuel” that enabled them to preach, heal, and work miracles in the name of Jesus. They had moved out of the realm of fear and into the full operation of the Spirit’s power.
The day after Pentecost, the world would begin to hear the liberating truth of the Gospel. The revolution had begun. The Church was born.
We long for the same excitement to invade the church today. The needs are greater than ever. So is the opposition. We need that infusion of divine audacity that dares to insist that Jesus is the only Way. Only one Power can enable us to meet the challenge: The Holy Spirit living IN us!
We can find it the same way the disciples did. Praying and waiting on God until….
I will seek to know more about the work of the Holy Spirit and how I can be filled with His presence and power.
Feeling lonely? Need someone to chat with? To share dinner and a movie? To be a traveling companion? No problem. You can rent-a-friend.
This service provides people who can fill the friendship gap in a platonic way — for a price. $10 to $50 an hour. Friendship is as close as your checkbook.
And if you need money, you can sell your friendship. You set the price.
This idea leads to a glaring truth: There is a critical need in the world for REAL friends! Today we talk about “building relationships.” Whatever that means. But the Bible is specific about what true friendship entails: Loyalty. Affection. Dependability. A bond that can exceed family ties.
Where do you find friends? Often they are a gift. People God puts in your life through work, school, church or family. Friendships can also be cultivated by seeking out people with similar interests and concerns. The best friendships are built around common goals and purposes.
Jesus touched a deep human need when He told His disciples, “I have called you friends.” He invites us into His heart, to share His goals for humanity, and to experience His loyalty and love. Then He sends us out to share that friendship with those who have no friends.
These friendships are eternal, built around a common friendship with God’s Son. And there is no charge.
Start a new friendship. Strengthen an old one.