Category: Encouragement

Pentecost Power

The Pentecost Power 

The Pentecost power – not just for one day –

It’s the power to the people – it’s the power for the way.

The Spirit gives the power to believe the Word

That the Father sent us Jesus as our King and Lord.

It’s a life-giving Spirit, we are now born again;

It’s the truth-telling Spirt: we are now God’s friends.

It’s a power-filling Spirit: miracles, and healing, too –

The healing of forgiveness, and the miracle of you!

 

We believe that we cannot, by our reason or our strength,

Even come to the Lord, no matter what the length.

Through the Gospel comes the Spirit to enunciate the call;

Spirit gather and enlightens and protects us from the fall.

To the Body we are joined through the life-giving water:

We are dead to sin, but we live as God’s daughters

And sons.

 

The Spirit was sent by the Father and Son,

Co-eternal, co-equal, our God Three-in-One.

 

The Spirit’s like the wind, answers blowing in the breezes,

Gives us will and direction to do what God pleases.

It removes a heart made of rock and rolls

In its place in our lives a living soul.

The Spirit, Jesus said, would be our Paraclete:

Never leaving or forsaking, giving comfort sweet,

Giving words to the mouth, giving basis for the stand,

It will never, never, ever let us out of God’s hand.

So the Spirit’s in the water, and the Spirit’s in the Word,

And the Spirit’s in the preaching and the teaching we’ve heard.

We are blessed for the journey, we are powered for the way;

We’re forgiven by the Spirit, and the Spirit helps us pray.

If it wasn’t for the Spirit, we would have no faith at all,

So give glory to the Spirit; the Spirit gives us all

We are.

 

The Spirit is sent by the Father and Son

Co-eternal, co-equal, our God Three-in-One.

 

Singing praises to the Father, living praises to the Son,

Rapping praises to the Spirit, we praise the Three-in-One.

The Pentecost power – not just for one day:

The Spirit lives inside us, helping us to say

Amen!

Words (and beats in your head) provided by Pastor Martin Doering

Confused? The WAY of life

Migratory birds are known to fly thousands of miles to find places for feeding, mating and nesting. Sea creatures can navigate through vast oceans in their life cycles. Ants cooperate in excavating nests, building food reserves and enlarging their colonies.

Why are we humans so confused about our lives and our plans?

The apostle Paul wrote of the internal struggle in each of us: “I do not understand what I do! For whaqt I want to do — I do not do. But what I hate, I do!” (Romans 7:15 NIV) Not only do we hear competing voices and viewpoints around us, but we also conduct inner conversations between wisdom and folly, conscience and desire.

The proverbial writer put it like this: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12 NIV) Because our nature has been distorted and warped by sinfulness, our intellect and our desires are not always trustworthy. There are times when we choose to do forbidden things, deadly games, destructive activities or malicious gossip. We follow the temptation; we devise our own sabotage; we wallow in selfishness.

Different thoughts, differing desires, and disparate goals are the ingredients for the confusion in which we stew. Our Lord knows this about us, and provides our rescuer, our redeemer, our restorer. Jesus of Nazareth made what seems to be an audacious claim: “I am the way, and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6 NIV) Instead of confusion, Jesus grants us correction and cohesion. Our Lord guides as a shepherd guides sheep; our Lord teaches the way of mercy, peace, forgiveness and life; our Lord becomes our saving light and our driving force.

Can you hear the voice calling out into your confusion? Do you see the light shining through your darkness? Do you sense the Spirit seeking your soul? Is there someone knocking on the door of your heart?

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world, through him, might be saved. (John 3:17 NIV)

Lord Jesus Christ, show me the way of wisdom and understanding, of healing and hope, of love and life.

 

Please take the effort to read and pray about John 14 and Romans 8.

 

Help! More than we can imagine

John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the words for generations: “Help me, if you can, I’m feeling down — help me get my feet back on the ground.”  Another of their hits celebrated: “We get by with a little help from our friends.”

A Facebook meme observes that some of us have reached the wonder years — I wonder where my glasses are; I wonder where I parked the car; I wonder what I was supposed to remember!

Every computer software, game, hardware and device come with a HELP button or page.

And yet I still insist on being independent and doing things MY WAY. My own sinful nature gets me into trouble, sabotages my success, and separates me from those who could love me most. Going it alone, however, is my preferred method.

The One who died and rose again for our salvation has promised never to leave us alone and forsaken. Jesus endured those horrors while he was dying. He did it so that no one else should ever have to  face that terror.

The Gospel writer Luke recorded these words of Jesus: “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13 NIV)

The Father who sent his Son to die and rise again for us is ready with help far greater than we can imagine. God is ready to provide help when we finally admit that we need it.

Jesus’ words used familiar images: fish, snake, egg, scorpion. You have learned already that the early Christian church started using the sign of a fish as a mark for Jesus.  You also remember that the Scriptures often show Satan as a snake. We just passed the holiday when children search for colored eggs. Perhaps you have already learned that scorpions can be deadly.

Trying to get through life on our own — that’s about as wise as fooling around with snakes and scorpions. Asking for help, especially from the One who promises to give good gifts to those who ask, is our first step on our journey of recovery from mistakes, from bad decisions, from addictions, from guilt and shame.

These are some other words from Jesus of Nazareth: “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10  NIV)

When we trust our Lord’s invitation to ask for help, we begin to understand that our Father is always around us, blessing, helping, guiding and directing our lives,

Let’s pray:  Lord, have mercy upon me. Lift me from my depression. Fill me with your Spirit, Work in me the resurrection life, helping me to live and love abundantly. I pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Take some time to read these bits of Scripture. Psalm 130; Jonah 2; and Luke 11:1-13