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The Pentecostal Experience: 7 key verses

The Pentecostal Experience: 3 key verses

ICYMI, these are the key scriptures from Bishop’s sermon on “The Pentecostal Experience,” for Pentecost Sunday.

1. I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. -Joel 2:28

2. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. -Acts 2:4

3. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. -Acts 2:38

4. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. -Acts 26:14

5. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. -Hebrews 12:14

6. Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. -Ephesians 5:18-19

7. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever -John 14:16

Holy Communion: Meditations for the Lord’s Supper

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Preparing to commune at the Lord’s table? Want to know what the Lord says about Holy Communion? Here are a few Bible passages to meditate on. (Scriptures appear in the English Standard Version).

The Lord’s Supper
According to Matthew: Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29)

According to Mark: And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” (Mark 14:22-25)  (more…)

10 ways God shows His love for us!

God's love. (Credit: tatjana-mihaela.hubpages.com)

God’s love. (Credit: tatjana-mihaela.hubpages.com)

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we put together a list that shows God’s love for us in the scriptures (mostly described by the apostle John in the English Standard Version). The ultimate proof lies at the cross and, of course, in your personal testimony. And if you don’t think you have a personal testimony of God’s love, just seek Him and wait — it’s sure to come. Without further ado, a look at the ways God shows His love for me and you:

1. Christ died for us
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

2. We are more than conquerors
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

3. He quiets us and exults over us
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

4. He is looking out for us
“You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you.” (Isaiah 43:4-5)

5. He enables us to love
We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

6. He gives us benefits
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:2-5) (more…)