Victory Vitamin Blog – Acts 2:4

“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

-Acts 2:4 NIV

This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  We celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit being given to the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem.  We receive the Holy Spirit through the power of God’s Word and in Baptism.  (Acts 2:38) The Holy Spirit is a gift worth celebrating!  The Holy Spirit enables us to believe, (1 Corinthians 12:3) and guides us in knowing and living in God’s Wisdom. (John 16:13, Romans 8:9)  Through baptism, your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit so rest assured the Spirit lives in you and is with you, giving you the power to believe and live as a child of God.  The verse above tells us that the first believers to receive the Spirit spoke in foreign languages.  That made sense for them since there were Jews from many different countries in Jerusalem that day and they were able to hear the Good News about Jesus in their own language.  The Bible does not promise that we will miraculously speak in other tongues, but we can be sure that the Holy Spirit will empower us to live as God’s people, and tell others about the God who loves them enough to die and rise for them to give them forgiveness and eternal life.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek – June 9, 2019 – Acts 2:4

Sunday Service Sneak Peek – June 9, 2019 – Acts 2:4

On Pentecost we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus.  The Holy Spirit empowered them to tell others about God and many came to faith in Jesus as a result!  The same Spirit of God is given to you in baptism and fills you with power and wisdom. Find out more Sunday, June 9 during 9 a.m. Worship!

 

Victory Vitamin Blog – Acts 20:35 NIV

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

-Acts 20:35 NIV

As a kid at Christmas, I thought how terrible it must be to be a grown-up.  You have to buy all the gifts, and you don’t get any yourself.  Now that I’m “grown-up” I don’t mind at all.  It’s fun and enjoyable to buy and give gifts that others enjoy.  Jesus says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  And while most of us would probably agree with those words on some level, we’d like to pick and chose what, and to whom we’re giving.  Do you like to give offerings at church?  Are you filled with joy and satisfaction as you place your cash or check in the plate?  Do you feel blessed when you see the auto-withdrawal you set up with your church?  I hope so!  We give because Christ first gave for us.  His death on the cross erased your sins permanently.  His resurrection means eternal life for you through faith.  Those certainties give peace and I’m grateful for the peace I have in Christ.  Knowing that Christ has given so much for us makes it easy for us to give for His cause, and for the good of others.  It is more blessed to give than to receive because it reminds us that our treasure is in heaven, not in our wallet.  It is more blessed to give than to receive because by it we’re supporting God’s mission on earth.  God loves a cheerful giver and we gladly give to Him because of His love for us.