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The Holy Spirit Comes Upon Us

Luke 1:35

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

I remember when I was in elementary school – we use to pass notes in class (I don’t recommend this to our students).  You know the type note I’m talking about – the girls would make up these little books with questions in them like do you like so-in-so?  One of the questions on a booklet passed around said – do you watch Dark Shadows? Now Dark Shadows was a show that came on right after school – a soap opera as it were. It was about a vampire and creepy things. I didn’t watch it – or at least hadn’t watched it before being asked – and didn’t even know about it – and so I thought they were talking about dark shadows at night. Everyone else was saying yes – so of course – succumbing to peer pressure – I said yes as well. It was only later – when I was asked specific questions about watching Dark Shadows – I found out it was a TV show – and of course I started watching it. Continue reading

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January 11, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Holy Spirit – With Power!

Luke 1:35

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

IMG_0301I remember – years and years ago – when I was in elementary school – passing notes in class.  You know the type I’m talking about don’t you?  The girls would make up these little books with questions in them like – do you like so-in-so?  One of the questions on a booklet passed around said – do you watch Dark Shadows?  Now Dark Shadows was a show that came on right after school – a soap opera of sorts.  It was about a vampire and other creepy things.  I didn’t watch it – or even know about it.  At least I hadn’t watched it before being asked the question.  I didn’t even know about it.  So I thought they were talking about dark shadows – you know – at night.  Everyone else said yes before me – so of course – succumbing to peer pressure I said yes as well.  It was only later – when I was asked specific questions about watching Dark Shadows – I found out it was a TV show – and of course I started watching it (to keep up with my peers).

That memory came back to me as I read today’s passage.  Of course today’s passage is about Mary – the mother of Jesus – but it talked about the Most High overshadowing Mary – and so I thought of that early school experience.   Of course – one was an evil overshadowing – and this passage is telling Mary that the power of the Most High will overshadow her. Continue reading

June 1, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Showing God’s Love

John 13:34

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.

IMG_0301I can remember – as a youngster – yes – that is a long time ago – passing notes in class. Do you remember passing notes? We would get in trouble if the teacher caught us. I remember getting notes that said – I like you – do you like me? Did you ever get one like that?

In elementary school the girls put together little information booklets. They passed them around and everyone was asked to answer the questions. A question in one of the booklets I got was – do you like Dark Shadows? I thought they meant dark shadows in the night. I wasn’t into watching that TV show – didn’t even know that show existed. I said I like dark shadows. The next page in the booklet starting asking questions about the TV show – talking about the characters and such and I was lost! Continue reading

January 29, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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