Pentecost 2014

A Letter from the Overseer

Theme: The Power of Pentecost

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

I’ve always enjoyed the imagery of Pentecost. At Pentecost marks a day when language barriers that once divided us falls and Christians rejoice at the message of Jesus Christ. People of different tongues begin to hear and understand the Gospel!  

Here in Texas and in many parts of the U.S., people are having the discussion about what language or languages that we should be using in the workforce.  I find it interesting that while we are discussing the use of language and how language can be used to separate us, that at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to unify us.

For as many years as I can remember, our Congress has talked about Immigration Reform, especially during Election Years. Without doubt, the topic of citizenship is mentioned.  Here again at Pentecost, the concerns were not about National Citizenship, but Kingdom Citizenship. In a world where we are experiencing increase in violence, wars, famine, etc, through Pentecost we can see hope through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. This is the power we celebrate on Pentecost. Not the power to destroy communities, but the power to, in some cases, rebuild and in others establish a community where we can all experience the Good News. A POWER to tear down barriers! A POWER to heal generational wounds! A POWER to break down cultural barriers!  A Power to tear down the racial divide! A POWER to minister to the forgotten, the marginalized, and those on the fringe of Life!

If we believe the Promise and the Power of Pentecost, then may be if we all work together, we can all “turning the world upside down.” “But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too,” (Acts 17:6). Are you ready to be a world changer? Are you ready to turn your community upside down? This is the POWER of Pentecost.  

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