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  1. Frank Heil on April 1, 2015 at 6:50 am

    I agree with you pastor that God’s intention and purpose and way for the Body of Christ has not changed since the beginning of the church way back in the Book of Acts. His plan of salvation has not changed either regardless of what men may think or say or believe to be true because of man-made traditions handed down through generations or because of doctrinal up-bringing by parents or grandparents or other close relatives. God’s word is Truth and Truth never changes. Jesus said, “My Word is forever settled in Heaven. Heaven and earth may pass away but my Word will never pass away.” It doesn’t change because of the times or modern trends or because of unpopularity with the people.

    On the Day of Pentecost 120 men and women were gathered in an upper room all with a single purpose. They were all waiting or tarrying as the Bible calls it for the promise of the Father to send HIs Holy Spirit as he said he would and the Bible says in the Second Chapter of Acts that, “Suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting and cloven tongues as of fire sat upon each of them and they began to speak with other tongue as the spirit gave the utterance.” And they went out into the streets and all of the people gathered there outside for there were many Jews there from all over because of the Feast of Pentecost they had come and all spoke with different dialects and accents and these Jews heard them speaking in their own language and were amazed and asked, “How can this be? For these men be Gallileons and yet we can understand them because they are speaking in our own language.”. And Peter began to preach to them Christ whom he said, “Which you have condemned and crucified” And they asked him, “What must we do to be saved?” and the Bible says in Acts 2:38, “And Peter said unto them, repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” which is the evidence of speaking in other tongues. Now Jesus gave Peter the “Keys to the Kingdom” as the Bible clearly says and on the Day of Pentecost Peter began to use those keys to unlock God’s Plan of Salvation, which was to the Jews first and later on to the Gentiles also. This was and still is God’s plan of salvation for man today because like Jesus said, “My Word shall not pass away but it is forever settled in Heaven” and whether men accept it or reject it still doesn’t change it because Truth is Truth and it never changes!



  2. Carol Dennis on March 28, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Pastor, I agree with what you are trying to do: both stay true to God’s Word and confront what you see as a threat to the working of the Holy Spirit in our midst. I grew up Old-Line Pentecostal, and have had both good experiences and bad with this throughout my life. I went to a Bible College in the 80’s that had a national scandal which caused me to rethink many things about how us Pentecostals did church. Even though I still believed in the Power of God on the outside, it took me years to see that God’s power was tangible in my own life, even for the tiny issues. Later on in my journey, I was still searching for something ‘more’ and stumbled on a Revival that brought more thought-provoking turnarounds. After this roller coaster ride ended, I then retreated back into solid Bible Teaching to fix the distorted thinking that came from the belief that multiple trips to the altar was the only cure for problems. To complicate things, most Pentecostals I knew in my life were so much into the power of God that they refused to believe in going to psychologists, counselors, etc., as that was considered to be pagan or just plain lack of faith. I had severe clinical depression from my youth, so this outside ‘seeking help’ was never an option for me–it was life or death. Now in my journey, I am content to be taught the clear Word of God, to win the lost through giving out ‘eternal life’ tracts, talking to people about Jesus, and looking forward to the imminent Coming of the Lord. I just pray the we as a church can learn from the theological mistakes of so many others in the recent past before we delve into something that may take us down a path into hyper-emotionalism that we cannot return from. Sometimes I wish that the Body of Christ would with the same ferver focus more on what the Spirit does in us through prayer and outreach to the unsaved in our communities than in more church ‘inreach’, just my thoughts. I appreciate your very balanced teaching and am looking forward to much greater things that the Lord is going to do this year through our church.



  3. Ricky kilgore on March 27, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I understand the reason Jesus left was so the Holy Comforter could come and be a part of my life. I trusted in the scripture when I got Saved and I will be trusting in the scripture when I go home. I actually get weak sometimes because of my flesh but it takes a minute for the feeling of being weak that I realize the Holy Spirit is what I have to have at all times. May God continue to Bless your Blogs for our learning.



  4. Gail barton on March 26, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I just don’t get this. I’ve always felt like the Holy Spirit is always close to me.
    I am guided by the Holy Spirit. ( not that I dont mess up..I do…and I am made very aware of it. Sometimes, I pray to the Holy Spirit . I’ve always prayed to God through Jesus and still do. It’s just I got to thinking sometime last year ” why don’t I ever engage with the third part of the trinity. I absolutely love the Holy Spirit. I could write a book on how much I need and praise the Comforter that was left here on Earth. I’ve had so many super miraculous events happen in my life. Yes, I will say my Lord or the Spirit of God has actually spoken to me. I heard His voice. ..not audibly but in my head or something . I was praying one night about a “broken heart” situation that I couldn’t deal with…and I told Him I couldn’t forgive anymore and I don’t know what to do God. And He said ” very clearly to me..”Look at all I have forgiven you ..” It wasn’t like I was being reminded of any particular sin..it was like you must forgive even as I have forgiven you. Believe me; it wasn’t an embedded thought I had because that was the last thing I had on my mind right then…to forgive again!
    I was also touched on my shoulder when deeply distressed and saddened by the death of my children’s father..I won’t go into details here because of time and space. .but as I said I have trouble understanding what all the fuss is about..I just don’t get it.



  5. Gail barton on March 26, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I just don’t get this. I’ve always felt like the Holy Spirit is always close to me.
    I am guided by the Holy Spirit. ( not that I dont mess up..I do…and I am made very aware of it. Sometimes, I pray to the Holy Spirit . I’ve always prayed to God through Jesus and still do. It’s just I got to thinking sometime last year ” why don’t I ever engage with the third part of the trinity. I absolutely love the Holy Spirit. I could write a book on how much I need and praise the Comforter that was left here on Earth. I’ve had so many super miraculous events happen in my life. Yes, I will say my Lord or the Spirit of God has actually spoken to me. I heard His voice. ..not audibly but in my head or something . I was praying one night about a “broken heart” situation that I couldn’t deal with…and I told Him I couldn’t forgive anymore and I don’t know what to do God. And He said ” very clearly to me..”Look at all I have forgiven you ..” It wasn’t like I was being reminded of any particular sin..it was like you must forgive even as I have forgiven you. Believe me; it wasn’t an embedded thought I had because that was the last thing I had on my mind right then…to forgive again!
    I was also touched on my shoulder when deeply distressed and saddened by the death of my children’s father..I won’t go into details here because if time and space. .but as I said I have trouble understanding what all the fuss us about..I just don’t get it.



  6. Beverly Roseberry on March 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    I believe as you do that the Holy Spirit lives within me.