Posts Tagged 'Acts 2'

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Acts 2:1-6

Thursday, June 9, 2011 – Pentecost Sunday, Year A

Acts 2:1-6When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one hear them speaking in the native language of each.

This idea of “…every nation under heaven…” is powerful to me. For these earliest Christians, the world would have included many of the countries of what are today North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, Italy and maybe even Spain and some other parts of Asia. God’s Spirit made available to the entire world.

Prayer: Creator God, help us communicate your love and care with each person who comes before us today. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Acts 2:44-45

Friday, May 13, 2011 – Easter 4, Year A

Acts 2:44-45 All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.

The shepherd provides beautiful imagery of how God interacts with us – protecting us, providing for us, leading us. This scripture reminds us that we are called to shepherd one another. Take a moment to think of someone who shepherded you this week, and thank God for that person.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for the many shepherds in our lives. Make us more sensitive to the needs of others so that we might be better shepherds ourselves. AMEN.

Pentecost, 2010 – Acts 2:16-18

Acts 2:16-18 – [Onlookers are commenting on the different languages being spoken in their midst and thinking they the people are drunk. Peter rises to correct them saying:] “No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.’”

Dr. Morris once said, “The Church Health Center is a testament to what can be done when everyone does their part.” Working together as the Spirit leads us individually and communally, we have changed thousands of lives since first opening in 1987.

Prayer: Almighty God, for all your wonderful works, we thank you. Continue to use us so that we might realize your Kingdom on earth. AMEN.

Pentecost, 2010 – Acts 2:1-4

Acts 2:1-4When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

In my personal experience the Holy Spirit has been more subtle than it was on the day of Pentecost. With that said, I never cease to be awed by the Holy Spirit’s power to move individuals and their communities of faith beyond their preconceived limits of service.

Prayer: Loving God, help us better sense your Holy Spirit dwelling within us. AMEN.

Pentecost – Acts 2:17

In Peter’s speech, he describes the scene of that day of Pentecost by quoting from the prophet Joel: From Acts 2:17 – In those last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

In the benediction used at my church each Sunday, the pastor includes the line “…and the Holy Spirit, our strength, be with each of us…” This scripture selection from Acts reminds us that through God all things are possible.

Prayer:

Almighty God, you pour your Spirit out for us. May we use the strength and vision it gives us to build your Kingdom. AMEN.

Pentecost – Acts 2:1-4

From Acts 2:1-4 – When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

“May the force be with you,” is the familiar phrase said in every Star Wars movie. For me, the “force” is the Holy Spirit, and like the “force” in the movie, if I can become intimately connected to the Holy Spirit that is active inside and around me, I can do amazing things.

Prayer:

Gracious God, help us be more Holy Spirit-aware people. AMEN.


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