(cartoon courtesy of Alex at Cake or Death)
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled themActs 2:2-4 (New International Version)
2000 years ago the Holy Spirit came on the disciples, and the Christian Church was born.
Now, 2000 years later, I wonder if we have forgotten Him. Like when we invite one of the cool kids to our party, and he brings his younger brother with. We invite Jesus into our hearts, but sometimes we still expect the Holy Spirit to sit quietly in the corner, and not speak unless spoken to.
I am going to be doing things slightly differently at the service, so please pray for us if you get a chance. I am hoping that once we come out of that church, we can really say we had an experience with the fullness of God. I am hoping that others are hoping the same thing as well.
Let's get this fire started.The church... for too long has followed Casper, the friendly ghost instead of seeking the fire of the Holy Spirit. We have turned limp at the thought of our own cross; we faint when we think of suffering or sacrifice. Beloved, it is time to embrace the fire of God's Presence. It is the fire that purifies our sacrifice.Francis Frangipane