Thought For The Day 05/19/13

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The Power of Pentecost

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When God sends forth the Spirit amazing things happen:
barriers are broken,
communities are formed,
opposites are reconciled,
unity is established,
disease is cured,
addiction is broken,
cities are renewed,
races are reconciled,
hope is established,
people are blessed,
and church happens.

Unknown Author

http://www.sermoncentral.com/illustrations/quotes-about-pentecost-sunday.asp

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Today is Pentecost Sunday, which marks the end of the Easter season in the Christian calendar, by celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Originally from the Greek Πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα], Pentēkostē [hēmera], or referring to “the Fiftieth [day]”, it was celebrated as a feast day of Shavuot in Israel which marked the giving of the law (10 Commandments) on Sinai around 1440 BC. Later, following the events of the life of Jesus and His death and subsequent resurrection, it marked a time of celebration for Christians, as well, taking place 7 weeks (50 days) following the resurrection and 10 days after His ascension into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.

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On this day, 120 of Christ’s followers were gathered in the upper room, when all would receive Baptism by the Holy Spirit. This number included the 11 remaining Apostles as well as the 2 Mary’s, and is related in Acts 2:1-6 (NIV), “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.”

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According to the Apostle Peter, this all occurred in fulfillment of the prophesy foretold in Joel 2:28-29 (ESV), “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.”

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Today we who celebrate Christianity, understand Pentecost to represent the establishment of the new body of believers, or “The Day the Christian Church was Born”, and we treat it as a time of renewal for our own Christian faith. It is a time when we should focus on sharing our faith with others as we seek to deepen our fellowship, both one with the other, just as the Apostles and the others in the upper room did, and with God, as well! How it is celebrated by the various denominations that comprise Christianity may differ. Some faiths use this time to renew their Baptisms as children of God by the performing of Baptisms on the children within the church family. Yet others use this day to herald a period when there is a renewed focus on evangelism which the empowerment of a renewal by the Holy Spirit affords to us! But whether you wear white (or red), or decorate your worship area with banners depicting wind and fire….however you choose to offer your commemoration….do so with a renewed strength of purpose in becoming the best person of faith you can be!

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“Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.”

Acts 2:33 (NIV)

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Copyright © 2011-2013 “MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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