Holy Week

April 5, 2020

I am posting this on Palm Sunday. This day we recognize, commemorate, and celebrate Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem.This scripture is so full of symbols of the purpose of Jesus Christs’ being on this earth that whole studies could be centered around it. In the past (meaning when I was still preaching full time) Not only would we read the Palm Sunday scripture but the whole passion narrative leading to Easter.
How can we fully understand the crucification, death and resurrection of our Lord if we haven’t been through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday? Many people in my church were regular church goers but only on Sunday. So we lived the last week of Jesus’s life through the biblical account of the passion.

Do you understand what happened on Thursday and Friday of the last week of Jesus’ life? First Maundy Thursday was when Jesus shared the Last Supper , the Passover supper, with his disciples. It is then he washed their feet to demonstrate his humility and love for them. It is then that he gave them His commandment: “this commandment I give you, love on another just as I have loved you”
Maundy is the shortened word for Maudatrum which is commandment.
We also weekly or monthly celebrate Holy Communion–in remembrance of Christs passing of the bread and the wine at the supper. We also come to the table as the disciples did to “break bread” with the Savior.

Good Friday is the day that Christ was nailed to a cross (the Roman most cruel way of execution) Everyone thought that all was lost The messiah was going to die. People have asked, why is it called “Good” Friday? the most common answer is that when Christ died on the cross, He took our sins from us forever. It also meant that the resurrection was to come. We remember that scripture tells us that he shouted “Why have you forsaken me” We now know that in dying he took the sins of the whole world on Him…as God could not look on sin God turned away from Jesus.. Christ’s final words from the cross were “it is finished”

As we go through this week, I hope that you can find a way to be in worship this Thursday, Maundy Thursday and on Good Friday. Tony Compollo told of being a seminary student in his community and all the pastors would get together for a service on Good Friday. Tony was pretty nervous around all these experienced pastors but he gave a short sermon and quickly sat down. The congregation nodded politely . The closing sermon was given by the pastor that organized the service. He stood , looked over the crowd and shouted: “its Friday, but Sunday is a comin” The congregation stood and cheered.
Let us also remember that Sunday is a comin! Amen.

The Wonder of Creation

February 29, 2020

In a devotional. I was reminded of the astronauts circling the moon 10 times in 1968. As those memorable pictures of the earth came into view each time they came out from behind the moon. They knew what they would do. Each was prepared to read a portion of the Genesis account of creation.As the earth came into view, we heard “In the beginning God created heaven and earth. and
the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep”

As each one read more of the story , one could not deny the existence of God. They gave credit to God for His creation. There is clear evidence of God’s marvelous handiwork everywhere you look but the view of this earth from space was a special validation of the existence of the God who loves us and wants the best for us. Just the other evening , the moon and some bright stars caused me to just stand and look at the sky , thanking God for where I was and what I have.

Just think of the countless trillions of stars that were created on the fourth day. Myriad of different birds, fish and land animals created on the fifth and sixth days.Who but God could have done all this in one week! An unbeliever told a boy “I will give you a quarter if you can tell me where God is” the lad replied, “I will give you 50 cents if you can tell me where God is not”

God gave his perspective through Jeremiah, “Do I not fill heaven and earth? Says the Lord”
(Jeremiah 23:24) Revelation 4:11 sums up the matter with these words: “you are worthy Lord to receive glory, honor and power: for you have created all things ,and for your pleasure they are and were created.”

If you don’t already, may I suggest that every morning , thank God forgiving you rest, thank God for the day you had yesterday and ask God to be with you this day and guide you in all you do, especially
guide you to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and His creation. Every evening thank Him for guiding you this day and praise Him for all He does for each one of us. Amen

Are we seeking the right thing?

February 7, 2020

Some people are satisfied to let life go by and not think much of how things could be different. But many are seeking for something. That something may be changing their hair color, multiple affairs, drinking binges, wearing outlandish clothes. A few go on shooting sprees before killing themselves.

What does Jesus say about “seeking”. Well in Luke 11: 9-10 He says “seek and you will find…he that seeks finds” a little later he says “seek not” a little bit after that he says “but rather seek”( Luke 12: 29-31) So Jesus approved of seeking , but he told us that not all seeking brings the desired results.

When Jesus said “seek not” he was referring to food and clothing. Does Jesus not care if we are cold or hungry? The answer is in verses 31 and 32.”but rather you seek the kingdom of God, and all things shall be added to you ..for it is your Fathers good pleasure to give you the kingdom”

How are we to seek the Kingdom of God? You really can’t if you don’t have a personal relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. When you have that relationship, then you can communicate with the Holy Spirit through prayer. God also speaks to us through His Word. He wants you to have a happy productive life, being Christlike and shining your light in the world.

So lets keep on seeking but ask ourselves “am I seeking for the right things in the right place?” Jesus said “for what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?'”(mark 8:36)
Satan promises much fun and satisfaction if we go seeking his ways ,but he is a liar. Jesus doesn’t promise an easy life but a fulfilling one, with the greatest reward in the life to come.; What a contrast! Amenl

Will the real Christian please stand up.

January 11, 2020

Are you a Christian? Maybe you go to church, Sunday school, serve on church committees and take part in church social activities. But are you really a follower of Jesus Christ? It is said that we can know of Jesus Christ and study his life on earth and his death and resurrection. But do we have a personal relationship with the Lord. Do we love Him as our personal savior?

Both people in the above example call themselves “Christians”. Let me tell you two stories that will make my final point.
There was an older lady that was driving down a busy street. The light turned red ahead of her and another care reaching the intersection. After waiting a few minutes (sometimes it does seem long). the light turned green. However the car in front of her didn’t move fast enough for her. She honked her horn and yelled for him to move. Then she got out of her car and started cussing the driver ahead of her.

A policeman observed the whole thing and pulled up to her and said. I am putting you under arrest.She really screamed then. At the station, after a period of time, the arresting officer came into the room where she was being held and said ” I am very sorry for bringing you in here. I saw the bumper stickers on your car that said “I love Jesus” and “Jesus saves”. Naturally I figured that the car was stolen”
The other story involves a lady that was having a small garage sale. A nice looking gentleman was looking a what she had for sale. They struck up a conversation while he was looking. The lady said “its easy to see that you are a Christian as I am. After a few minutes the man said thanks for the conversation but said he didn’t want any of the merchandise for the price she had on the goods. HE started to walk away, she asked him what he thought the items were worth. He told her and she went on a tirade against him, the markets, big business, politicians and anything else that came to mind.

You see, if we are truly followers of Jesus, If we really love him and believe that he died on the cross for our sins, then we will be grounded in our dealings with others. We will share our joy and our love not only for Him but for our fellow man. We will have compassion and understanding We will have a positive attitude. So ask yourself, are you an intellectual Christian or are you a Christian that Loves the Lord and shines your light in the world. I hope and pray you are the latter. Amen

Reflections on the season

December 9, 2019

Advent has begun. The decorations are mostly up, plans are being made for getting together with friends, family dinners and such. It is a wonderful time of year. Of course it is a special time of year because Jesus Christ our Savior is born.

Last month I reflected on my personal tragedy, how devastating it was and how I was coping. What is getting me through is my walk with the Lord. He assures me that my loved one is with Him in heaven. He assured me that my dark days will be less and less. He assured me that I was here to be a light in this sometimes dark world.

This time of year isn’t as dark because of the bright lights and cheery greetings that you may not get any other time of year So I am approaching this season, without my loved one, but with the expectancy of the birth of Jesus Christ.This Jesus is with my loved one and that gives me contentment and peace.

So If you are facing this season with apprehension because of a change in your family or friends, know that God, through the Holy Spirit reaches out to you, to comfort you to help you turn a negative for you this time of year, into a time of thanks, a time of joy and a time to look forward and not backward.

I say the above because Christ is my Savior.If you do not know Jesus as your personal savior, I ask you now to bow your head, pray that Christ forgive you of your sins and ask Him to come into your life and guide you each and every day…if you do, this season will be one that you will never forget-it will be the first day of the rest of your life walking with Jesus. What a blessing that will be! Amen

Gods work in this world

November 4, 2019

I haven’t posted a blog for a couple of months. I have a lot of reason that I won’t go into

The last month and a half have given me a fresh prospective on God’s work in this world. We are a;ll “assigned” a time in this world when God first wrote our name in the book of life. We don’t have any control over that time. I remind those who have had a tragedy in their lives and have cursed God because it happened.

We need to understand that we have a finite time on this planet and then, as followers of Christ, we will be with Jesus in Heaven. We ask what is our time? Only God knows, and if we are Christians, we need to live our life as Christ lived His life and shine our light in this world.

Yes, those who aren’t believers will curse God for the problems that befall them. I understand that.
But I also understand that we as Christians are to demonstrate what Christ would do in this world. and as scripture says “to make disciples of all in the name of the Father , the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

But those who don’t believe need to understand that Christ gave us the Holy Spirit to guide , direct and comfort us. We live and walk with Him. I have recently experienced a tragedy in my life. But I know that God is there., and that God is with me and the person that I lost. I  want you to know, that in the midst of my tears, I praise God because He has walked with me through this time and that he tells me that I will be ok, That is what happened will ultimately  be for good.

Please , if you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, I ask that you do so now, even as you read this message. The only way to negotiate this world is to have God at your side. I pray that you accept Him as your Savior and Lord. AMEN

Why Should I Go To Church?

August 31, 2019

Today I want to address one of my favorite subjects: going to and membership in a church. Favorite only in the sense that I have heard every excuse in the book for NOT going to church.
I won’t bore you with most of these excuses. In my discussions with people I have acknowledged that God is everywhere in our universe and not just in the church.
Ok so you say, if church is where I can express my faith, my heart for the Lord and for those less fortunate, what church is it that will give me that vehicle?

If you study the early church you will find that they only focused on worship and discipleship of Jesus Christ. Church doctrine is not the same as God’s law. In the book of Jeremiah, it says that God has a special and unique plan for each of us. He cannot fill that plan,however , unless we become open to let Him do His work in us. That establishes a commitment between you and God.

Now, by joining a church, you are putting that commitment on the line and showing God that you are willing to work for Him. Do we see commitment talked about in the Bible? Many times. The Apostle Paul refers to himself,as a “prisoner” in the Lord. In Amos it talks about two people being in agreement with one another.That implies a commitment right there. In Romans it talks about being devoted to each other. You cannot be devoted to anyone for any reason unless you also have a commitment to that person to some degree.

In Romans 12:5 it says “so in Christ we who are many, form one body and each member belongs to the others. In belonging to a church, you are happy because the love of others that Christ put in you has an expression. You are happy because you have fellow believers to share worship and outreach.

I heard about a high school that had a career day . All the seniors came into the gym and each person presented his or her career and invited them to come to their booth at the end of the presentation. The Army,Navy and Coast Guard were there. But one of the last presentations was a Marine. He stepped up to the podium. looked around at the group and said ” I don’t see anyone here who could make it in our program. It is the toughest challenge you could ever face. I don’t think any of you have the guts to become a Marine. If you think you have what it takes , come see me after the presentation”

After the assembly was over, guess which booth had the largest number of inquiries? The Marine was flooded with applicants. You see, we know intuitively the commitment that requires a lot of us will also be the most benefit to us. When the cost and sacrifice and requirement is high to belong to an organization (the church) the payoff always results in a stronger character and a sense of real accomplishment.
I posed the question what church will give you what we have described. I can only tell you that a church that preaches the Bible, that has lively worship, that has small group study opportunities , is mission oriented and provides some social outlet for its members. Sounds like quite a list of requirements but many, many churches fit the requirements.
Before I went into the ministry, my wife and I attended a church that had all those and more. In fact all our social activity involved the church or members of the church. It was the center of our life.
I also want to point out that if you are not sure of the Christian faith and how how you fit into it, going to church and especially being in a small group will develop your understanding and your faith ,,,,,,,,,see you in church! Amen

Is This World Our World?

August 7, 2019

I wonder if you have heard this story::
There was a man who lived by the side of the road and sold hot dogs.
He was hard of hearing and had no radio, he had trouble with eyes, so he read no newspapers,
but he sold good hot dogs.
He put up signs on the highway telling how good they were; He stood on the side of the road and cried ” buy a hot dog mister” And people brought: He increased his meat and bun orders, he brought a bigger stove to take care of his trade.
He finally got his son home from college to help him out, but then something happened. His son said “father,haven’t you been listening to the radio? Haven’t you been reading the newspapers? There is a big depression, the European situation is terrible, the domestic situation is worse.”
Whereupon the father thought, “well my son has been to college, he reads the newspapers and he listens to the radio, and he ought to know”
So the father cut down on his meat and bun orders, took down his advertising signs, and no longer bothered to stand on the highway to sell his hot dogs.
And his hot dog sales fell almost overnight, “your right, son” the father said to the boy, we are certainly in the middle of a great depression”

How many times are we told in scripture that we are in this world and not of it. How many times are we told to follow the Holy Spirit, to do God’s will. But how many times each day do we listen to the naysayer and follow what the world is telling us and not what God is telling us.
The story is a good example of following the world and not what is right, and what we are called to do and be. It can be depressing if we listen to the loud clatter of those who would tell us how to think, what to do and what to say.
Think back ,how many times EACH DAY do you listen to and react to what you hear and see in this world. If that is your frame of reference, what a negative stressful life it can be. But I like to think that we as Christians and yes I am painting a broad brush, live in the Kingdom and are guided by a God who created us, loves us and wants the best for us.

Over the years,I have run into people who are talented,moral individuals but struggle every day with trying to live in this world and people who are depressed, who are about to give up. These people do not have the hope found in Jesus Christ.
Before you jump all over me for my negative view of this world, we are all here in the world, God put us here. God created this world.But since Adam and Eve we have messed things up. But for all that most of us sinners know we have the redemption found in Jesus Christ. So we relate to those in this world. Hopefully we witness to our great gift of hope and grace and we make the most of it. For we know that this world is only a stopping place, that our place is with Christ in eternity.

So we love life,we love people, and be that beacon of light that can shine in the world. (a lady in one of our churches just passed away and she said every day for us to shine our light in the world)
I love my life,I love the people I meet. I love all the places I have been. I certainly love the fact that God had given me the years that I have lived.

So I would just ask you today…as you live each day,in your devotional and prayer,stay plugged into the Holy Spirit . And above all, listen to what the Spirit says as he guides you. HE will bring you through the fog and storms of this world. And if we do, we can make a difference in this world.We can change attitudes,we can help the suffering and those in need, for that is what Christ calls each of us to do. Amen.

Reaching The Lost

June 29, 2019

As Christians,we should be concerned with our attitude with the world around us,with what is expected of us. But sometimes our “holier than thou” gets in the way. As members of a church we should be concerned about how we interpret and carry out the command of Jesus when He says
“Go make disciples of all the world, ,baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”.

George Barna an observer and researcher on church ministry, says that before we step out in our evangelistic efforts (and this applies to each of us as well as the corporate thrust) :
1- We need to pray for those who have not known Christ, or who have not accepted the invitation to give their life to Him.
2- In talking to people in those categories, we must first love them, keeping in mind that they are all children of God.
3- Gently ask them if they have a church home. Get them talking about their experience with church
in their life. (four out of five “unchurched ” were formally involved in a church and in the words of many were “driven away” by some negative experience.
4-Confront that negative experience or experiences. Don’t try to explain it away, especially because we may not know all the circumstances. Do show them that you want them to have a good experience.
5-Share your walk with Christ and your experience with the local church. Mention the activities in your church they might be interested in. In your walk with Christ it is important to give them context as to your coming to a saving Grace in Jesus Christ.

David Brainerd once shared his burden for the lost when he said “I cared not or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls for Christ. While I was asleep, I dreamed of those things and when I awoke the first thing I thought of was this great work”
Bill Bright, who authored the video “Jesus” said in his approach to saving the lost through the years “I am a rather reserved person and I don’t always find it easy to witness. But I have made it my practice–and I urge you to do the same–assume that when you are alone with another person for more than a few minutes, you are there by divine appointment to explain the love and forgiveness he or she can know through their faith in Jesus Christ.

No, we are not like the Apostle Paul or Bill Bright, “I cannot witness the way they did”.  You are right, God has made each of us unique and so God has given us each unique abilities to witness.

Jesus used three parables to Illustrate what we should do about the lost. The first: a shepherd lost one of his sheep and he left the 99 until he found the lost sheep. He rejoiced with his fellow shepherds. Next, he told about a woman who lost a valuable coin in her house. She cleaned and swept the house until she found it. Then she called all her friends together to celebrate finding the coin. The third parable is about the Lost son who went to the far country. He kept watch and when he saw the son return he had a celebration.

If you notice that the father did not go to the far country to find his son, he made a warm inviting home for him to return to. So in one way we search and another way we  attract. We want to have a warm inviting place for new people to come and experience the love of Christ with those in the local church.

At this point I should stop with this blog. There is so much more we can address when it comes to bringing the lost to Christ. Perhaps in another blog I will continue my thought process. All I can say now is:  share the love of Christ; shine your light in the world. Amen.

Happy Birthday Church

June 9, 2019

In a departure, I was asked to put my Pentecost sermon on my June blog.. I am complying with that request…
We celebrate the Birth of Jesus and all the world pauses to celebrate Christmas. We celebrate His resurrection and most of the world recognizes Easter as a special day on the calendar.

But today is Pentecost and hardly anyone realizes it across many denominations. Yet this is the day the Holy Spirit came to the 120  hiding in the Upper Room and transformed them into joyful evangelists. The poet William Blake wrote a poem about Pentecost. Part of the poem says “unless the eye catch fire,God will not be seen; Unless the ear catch fire, God will not be heard; Unless the tongue catch fire, God will not be named. Unless the heart catch fire, God will not be loved; Unless the mind catch fire, God will not be known.”

All believers have God in their hearts, but not all believers have given their whole heart to God. The question is not, how can I have more of the spirit, but how can the Spirit have more of me. Take inventory. As you look around, do you see any resistant areas? Go down the list:
your tongue-do you tend to stretch the truth?
Your language-do you use profanity?
Grudges-do you keep resentments parked in your grudgarage?

I could go on but maybe you consider these questions to personal. Blame Paul, he asked these questions in Ephesians 4:25-31 look it up if you want to be reminded. Do your actions interrupt the flow of the Spirit in your life. Do you get off kilter and ignore or not listen to the spirit.? Keep that in mind and clean your house. Don’t give up. Luke 11:13 says “your heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him.”

Pentecost is also important because today is the birthday of the Church and God has given us a wonderful opportunity of being part of it. In fact we will have a birthday party after the service in the fellowship hall. It is interesting that some of the people who were passing by reached the conclusion that the apostles were drunk, which tells something of the joy and excitement that prevailed that day.In trying to put into words what that meant The California Gold Rush gives us a good example.
Growing up in California , I heard a lot of Gold Rush stories but this was a new one on me.

There were three prospectors who found a rich vein of Gold in the mountains of California. They realized what a great discovery they had and decided “we have a really good thing going as long as nobody else finds out about it” So they headed to town to file their claim and get the necessary equipment to mine the gold. True to their vows, they didn’t say a word to anyone. They filed the claim purchased the equipment and headed back to the hills to their claim site. But when they did a crowd of people followed them And why was that? They hadn’t said a word to anyone—the expression on their faces gave them away. Their faces were aglo in anticipation of the wealth that would soon theirs. People know they must have found something special.

You may have heard this before , but it also makes the point. A motivational speaker was asked about his most difficult speech. He answered,”well it was when I was asked to speak at a national convention of undertakers. My subject was  to explain to them how to look sad at a $10,000 funeral. You see, when there is joy on the inside, it is hard to keep it from showing.

Pentecost says that the early Christians discovered joy unspeakable in the Lord Jesus Christ. Again and again Paul writes “rejoice in the Lord, rejoice, I say again rejoice in the Lord” Pentecost is a once in history event when the Church was born. Let me share with you some of the things we learn on this Pentecost Sunday; One, the church was created by God. The Church is immortal, from the beginning of time, before the foundation of the world, And He promised that even the Gates of Hades would not prevail against it. So it was on the day of Pentecost the Church became a reality.

I don’t know how many of you might remember several years ago radio stations were running commercials for two major denominations. Both sets of commercials were saying about the same thing. “We have strayed from the principles of the Christian Church and we want you to know that we are returning to our roots and want you to come back to the fellowship”  That is interesting, because for many churches the temptation is to look at what is going on in the  world and they then try to get in step with it. But that is wrong! The church may never be  the most popular institution in the world, because most of the time the church goes counter to the popular culture. God wants the church he created to stand for the truth, to be unshakable in the presentation of the Gospel.

The next thing we learn from Pentecost is that the Church is to communicate the love of God. The theme of Pentecost is communication. When the apostles went into the city and began to share the Gospel, the Holy Spirit gave them the ability to speak in the tongues of the many people who came from around the known world. The purpose of the church today is to communicate the message–and one way we are doing that is translating the scriptures in different languages and trying to win converts from different countries. In addition,the Jesus Project has for years prepared a video on the life of Jesus and it is distributed around the world.

A few years ago I read an interview with the now late Charles Coulson.  He said that when he first got out of prison for the Watergate coverup crimes and professed to be a born again Christian a lot of people were mad at him. One state senator from Maryland came up to him at a prayer breakfast and called him every name in the book and accused him of saying he was a christian just go gain sympathy-telling Coulson that he was sure it wouldn’t last. Four years later he came back to the same prayer breakfast and again Coulson was one of the speakers. After the event the senator came up to him and apologized saying that when he had attacked him he was mad at some of the remarks about the senator and others in government but had since become a born again Christian. In our communication we cannot dilute the Word just because it may offend someone. It is the truth that will set us free

I’ll bet most of you have at one time or another watched a sporting event on TV,baseball games, super bowl, NFL games and have seen the giant sign  that reads “John 3:16” ( I see a lot of blank stares-but I know some of you remember.) A man named Rocken Roland Stewart is responsible for that .Stewart was a drunk-then he met Jesus and accepted Him as his Savior. He became a Christian and God healed him of his alcoholism. One day it occurred to him , if he could get into major sporting events and put the word of God before the people, it would be seen by thousands even millions. It has been many years now but Roland and his wife Margaret and a friend William James lived a spartan existance -They drove over 55000 miles a year in a beat up van using their money to buy tickets to sporting events so they could hold up the sign “John 3:16”

Don’t you wonder how man thousands of people in the time he was in stadiums, turned  their bibles to John3:16 and read “God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.—because of Rocken Roland Stewart. Maybe that is not your thing. The point is that there is a man who heard the command to tell the world. You see, when you and I are saved by the blood of Jesus and added to His family, then God expects is to do the best we can to communicate that message to the lost and dying world. That is the purpose of the Church.

The next thing we learn from Pentecost is that the church is to establish  a fellowship that is unique. Can’t you see those early Christians when they heard the Good News about Jesus? They shared something that has never been shared before. All of them know that they are guilty of many sins but now they have repented of their sins, have been baptized  and they have been redeemed.! And they all have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. Have you noticed that the Holy Spirit didn’t give them the gift to tell the Good  News only to those only to those they encountered that had clean sandals , wore their turbans the right way, wore their beard in a neat way. God said  go make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. The church that  he established is an inclusive church, not an exclusive church. Oh, I have and you have been in churches that the clothes you wore, the car you drove or the amount of money you put in the collection plate was the measure of whether you were accepted or not.

At one church I served, a young couple started coming to church… They were excited and so were we. A week or so after they had been coming a few times I called on them. The wife told me that they had visited another church and the “greeter” at the door upon observing that her husband had on jeans and a shirt said “maybe you folks are at the wrong church” She was almost in tears as she related the story to me. But that is not Gods church!—the people on pentecost  are part of a new society. They had come out of a world of selfishness and greed and dishonesty. Now they are part of a new fellowship where they can share things about themselves with others and know that the people will become compassionate and kind. In the fellowship you don’t have to question everything  you are being told. Now here were 3,000 changed people that God made different and made new…..they were “born again”.

The church must always be that  Most institutions are only interested in what they can get from you..But the church wants to give. Oh many will take advantage of you. But the church is where you can come and hear the truth and be ministered to and needs  will be met in your life.We are to be a different people, a different culture  an oasis in the middle of the desert, a shade tree on a summer day, a cup of cool water when you are thirsty, a place to come and know that you won’t be rejected,that you will be accepted and loved, brothers and sisters in the family of God.

I get the argument all the time that on Sunday morning , I can worship God on the golf course as well as sitting in a pew. I agree with that person to a certain extent..Of course we can worship God wherever we are. but as I tell them. they are missing out on being in fellowship with believers and having a better relationship with Jesus.

Pentecost tells us that the world changed after Pentecost because of the churches’ influence. And  it ought to be that way today. This morning, if you are lonely, tired or feel taken advantage of, then know that within these walls are  people just like you. So we can come without pretending, we can come to be ourselves  with all the warts and blemishes,scrapes and scratches and find love and acceptance because that is what the church is to be, the family of God.

Today, Pentecost Sunday, the birth of the Church let us all release the Holy Spirit in each of us and in this church. Let us in our bible studies and in our worship, give thanks for God’s gift of His Son and the Holy Spirit. For we are like a ship without a rudder, a train without an engineer or a car without a driver if the Holy Spirit is not active in our lives.

Let us today become a spirit filled church!!!!