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“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of June 1-7, 2020: “And There They Were All in One Place” …Acts 2:1-41 (The Day of Pentecost)
In his renowned 1971 song “American Pie”, singer/songwriter Don McLean lamented the changes in society that took place between the mid-1950’s and the “counter-culture” era of the late 1960’s. In the latter part of his lengthy epic song, McLean referenced several large music festivals that took place in the late 60’s. Of these, he sang, “And there we were all in one place, a generation lost in space …”
Almost 2,000 years ago, there was another gathering in one place. It went, in just one day, from 120 to several thousand more. And of these first disciples of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the Day of Pentecost it could be said, “And there they were all in one place; destined to transform the whole human race.”
On that day, the Holy Spirit came upon those first 120 disciples who had been praying for ten days. The Spirit came in the form of a rushing wind and in tongues of fire that rested upon them. They began to spontaneously speak in at least fifteen other known languages to multitudes gathered in Jerusalem for the Jewish Feast of Pentecost. The Apostle Peter spoke of the mighty work of God in Christ. On that day, 3,000 believed and were baptized (Acts 2:1-41).
Part of Peter’s great message was, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation” (Acts 2:40). So to do we, who are in Christ, reach out to the crooked generation of our timea group that, as Don McLean might say, is “a generation lost in space” and, I might add, is very much a generation lost without Christ. As we regather there in the one place that is our church sanctuaries, after a long absence due to the Covid 19 outbreak, let us reclaim the Spirit of Pentecost that the Lord still looks to abundantly pour down upon us. Let us graciously receive His gifts, especially that of forgiveness in Christ, so that we would truly go out to be a part of that people “destined to transform the whole human race.”
Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths, guided by the following list passed down to us from an unknown source. This is especially important in dealing with the Coronavirus and all the bad news we are hearing. Keep God's Word close at hand to combat the negative thoughts.
The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)
The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)
The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)
The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)
The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)
The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)
The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)
The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)
The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)
The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)
The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)
The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)
The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)