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The Church of Jesus Christ began at Pentecost when the power of the Holy Spirit fell.

The Day of Pentecost — Birth of the church —

Acts 2: 2-4 “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they ]rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”

Pentecost–The day the Holy Spirit came in the temple and the church of Jesus Christ, the bride of Christ began a new ministry on earth.  It was a new way of communicating with the Holy God of Israel.   There would be no need for sacrificing time after time.  Jesus paid the ransom for the sin debt.  Jesus opened the way for a relationship not through rituals.

The book of Hebrews lays out for us how the new covenant was replacing the old covenant of rituals and sacrifices. (Hebrews 7:7) “For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second.” Read chapters 7-10 for further explanation of how the first covenant of Law was insufficient.  The old was “only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things.” (Hebrews 10:1)

Under the old covenant of Law given by Moses there were 7 feasts for Israel. Three of them required them to call a solemn assembly.  Once the temple was built in Jerusalem, they were required to go to Jerusalem for each of these three.  The feast of Tabernacles, Passover, which has just occurred and the Feast of Weeks.  The feast of weeks, Shavuot, until the Law was fifty days from Passover. Shavuot meaning (weeks).  

Pentecost and Shavuot were both feast of the first fruits.  Shavuot is the celebration of the giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. Remember Hebrews told us  what is in the old covenant is only a shadow.  Shavuot was a picture of the coming of Messiah and the joining of all people under the new and better covenant.  It was hidden in the picture of first fruits.

Shavuot was established by God in Leviticus 23.   It was to be at the time of harvest in early summer that these festivals were to be held.  The people were to bring the first of the harvest to the temple.   The tradition of the waving of two loaves of bread, baked with leaven, waved as a sacrifice to the Lord for His provision of the harvest.  

Leviticus 23:15-17 You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. 16 You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord. 17 You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to the Lord.

Nothing in the Old Testament is without meaning.  The Torah or the Law was the beginning of Judaism.   Shavuot is the festival celebrating the giving of the Law which was the beginning of the Jewish worship..  

Now the new covenant has been revealed.  Pentecost means fifty and reflects the old shadow and now reality of new covenant is here.  It is exactly 50 days after resurrection.


Do you think God uses His own calendar to reveal His plans?


The Holy Spirit came on the day Pentecost and the beginning of the first evangelism program began.  

Acts 2: 1,2,5 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place… And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. . And there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.”

How are they connected?  What is the symbolism?

  1. The waving of the two loaves with leaven. Leaven is symbolic of sin.  The passover bread that was baked without leaven. The bread had no leaven because it was symbolic of the sinless Christ. Two loaves looked to the future prophesy of a time when Messiah would come.  Pentecost was the fulfillment of that prophecy when the Messiah came and both Jew and Gentile were provided a way of salvation.
  2. The reading of the book of Ruth became a tradition for Shavuot.  Ruth was a story of grace, love and friendship.  Ruth was a Gentile who came to know and to love the God of Naomi, a Jewess through their kinsmen Redeemer, Boaz.   In the story was the prophecy of a time when the Kinsmen Redeemer would come to redeem man from his sinful state.  Hidden in the old, Shavuot, a shadow becomes a reality in Jesus, the Kinsman Redeemer.
  3. Another tradition the Jews had for Shavuot was the eating dairy.  For them milk or cheese was a symbol of the nourishment. Nourishment was received when studying the Torah.  For us as Christians that nourishment is obtained through the study of the Word of God and through the gift of the Holy Spirit, which was given at Pentecost.  (John 14:26) “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative–that is the Holy Spirit–he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” (for a further study of what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives read John 15:26, John 16:1-15)  

When Pentecost came, there were 3000 people who were saved that day.  When Moses came down from the mountain, 3000 people died because of their rebellion and worship of the golden calf.  Under the law, we were dead in our sin; now we are made alive in Jesus Christ. Pentecost was a great season of revival.  It was the beginning of the  biggest move of Evangelism.  From those 3000 people, the world was turned upside down.

ACTS 2:41 “So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand   souls. 42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.43  Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and  signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 :And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”


This Sunday marks the 7th week since Resurrection Sunday.


Few people will know the hidden treasure found in the meaning of this celebration.  We should still  have a sense of awe with many wonders and signs taking place.

 


We are so set on how we think worship should be that we often miss the mystery of God working in our midst. God is still an awesome God!


 

Do we have all things in common? Are we sharing with those in need?  Are we day by day continuing with one mind in the house of the Lord?  Do we serve one another with gladness and sincerity of heart?  Are we praising God and having favor with all the people?

The secret was in verse 42. “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Should we wonder why the Lord is not adding to the number day by day of those who are needing salvation?

Pray that we will return to a time of revival.  Pray that we would be of one mind and of one accord.  Pray we will stir one another to love and good works.  Pray that Satan’s hindrances  would be stopped in the name of Jesus.  Pray that we would not quench the work God may want to do in His church. God is always at work! We need to find where He is working and join Him.

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Send the Fire by Lindell Cooley

Treading…watching for the later rain revival

Freda Reynolds

Just a Sunday morning ride through town

Matthew 21:1-11
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“Say to Daughter Zion,
 ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
 and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

What seems like a simple joy ride to the city of Jerusalem, is the beginning of the end for Jesus.  It will be the last week he spends on this earth and will end with his crucifixion and resurrection.
I am ALWAYS amazed at God’s perfect timing.  How everything single detail is clouded with significance.  We have said many times the Old Testament images are foreshadows of things to come.
Let’s go back to the old testament story of the children of Israel deliverance from Egypt.  Exodus 12:3-11
Exodus 12:3-11New International Version (NIV)
3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household. 4 If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. 5 The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. 6 Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. 7 Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. 8 That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. 9 Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs. 10 Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In celebration of the deliverance out of Egypt, the children of Israel were to select a lamb, unblemished, one year old male and just the right size for their family. This would take place on the 10th day of the first month, Nissan.  They would take the baby lamb into their home and care for him in their midst daily.  At the end of the 14th day, the lamb was to be slaughter by the firstborn of the household signifying the night the Lord’s death angel passed over and salvation was brought to the household.  On that night in Egypt, they took the blood of the lamb that had lived with them and sprinkled it on the two doorpost and the lintel.  The Lord told them, “When I see the blood, I will pass over your house (household).
Where am I going with this history lesson?
On the day that Jesus enters into Jerusalem, there would have been thousands and thousands of people traveling to Jerusalem for the feasts.  Beginning with Passover and ending with the festival of first fruits, the crowds’ first stop would be to choose a lamb.


THE DAY JESUS ENTERS JERUSALEM WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SELECTION DAY FOR THE PEOPLE TO CHOOSE A LAMB TO BE SACRIFICED FOR THE SINS!!!!


Do you wonder now why Jesus wept when He looked over Jerusalem that day?
He understood that He would be their Passover lamb!  He would be their final sacrifice that would redeem man from his sin and be victorious of Satan!
Yet even today, sadly, we sing Hosanna in the highest, and then go about our business as usual.  We never realize there is such rich treasures in all God has given to us.

A study of the word Hosanna in the Hebrew reveals a golden nugget for this story. The word is “Hoshiya na!”  It literally means “Save, please!” It is a cry to God for help!   It is found in only one place in the Old Testament. Psalms 118:25  25 Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!
“Hoshiya na” gradually became translated “Salvation! Salvation! Salvation has come!”
Today as we go to worship on this Palm Sunday, consider that Jesus was the God’s selection of a sacrificial lamb for His household.  We are the household of God. We have much to praise Him for today!
Salvation! Salvation! Salvation has come.  Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!
For your kingdom Lord, grant us hearts that bubble up with Hosanna in the Highest.
May we serve you and complete the works you gave us to do before the foundation of the world.

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David Phelps   Behold the Lamb

Treading on In His Service

Freda Reynolds

Behold I make all things new

 

 

 

Revelation 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.  (KJV)

We are well into 2017.    One thing is certain–CHANGE will be involved.

Israel is 70 years old as a nation.  (May 14, 1948)  The United States will inaugurate a new president but the government of this nation rests on the shoulders of each citizen.  Weather will occur.  There will be births and deaths.  Moments will take our breath away and moments will cause us to hold our collective breath.  Some days will be filled with promise others filled with pain.

Jesus alone is able to say I will take all this and much more and turn tragedy into triumph, pain into peace, ashes into beauty. (Isaiah 61:3)   He will make ALL things new.  He is in the redeeming, reclaiming, and resurrecting business.

As I have looked back over the posts and statistics for the past year, thousands if not millions of words were written from our hearts.  Words we believe God Himself placed there for the sole purpose of encouraging His Bride and for laying stones to pave a path to Him. (Romans 15:4)  We are simply pinkie toes of this body He calls the church desiring to be obedient in all we believe He is asking us to do. (Romans 12:4, 12)  For us, what He is asking us to do is WRITE.

Blogs are shared by likes and shares on Facebook, found by taglines on search engines, searched out on Pinterest, seen on Twitter, or by word of mouth.  Our numbers are down this year.  We would be lying if we said we don’t care.  Numbers represent people.  HOWEVER, we desire to serve an “audience of one” as the saying goes and we shall write until we are told to stop. (Matthew 16:1-18)   Our sisterhood has encountered some changes.  I am so thankful for the initial support and continued prayer support of those who needed to serve in other areas.  Jesus NEVER stayed in one place!  To plant seeds we have to move around.  All this being said, may we kindly ask you to tell others about this site, share us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Not everyone has a Bible but nearly all have a cell phone and internet connection!

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Audience of One by Big Daddy Weave

I will share with you our faithful readers that in late October, Freda and I attended a WordPress workshop and discovered through peer review our wee site is up and running with “all the right stuff!”  We have Bonnie to thank for this!  She alone took all the ideas and made them work and got us off the deck and into the pool treading water slow and easy.  In the coming year we hope to dig into the Word on topics as we discern the Holy Spirit leading, make changes in format to make us a little more user friendly, and add to our sisterhood.

I just recently connected with one of my earliest spiritual mentors.  As a teen she lead a group of girls through the book of John so we might learn who Jesus is and come to know Him better.  She was gorgeous then and still is!!! Inside and out!   I want to be just like her when I grow up!  This is the sign of a mentor extraordinaire!  (II Timothy 2:2)

All things new, faithful and true:  May we be clay in the hands of the master potter.  May we be vessels worthy of use.  (Jeremiah 18)  So.  We.  Write.  Will you take time to tread with us?  The water is as warm as a hot spring.  (Matthew 11:28)  Would you like to write with us?  We are not an exclusive club but a band of seeking sisters.  Even if you would like to write just once, take it to the Lord in prayer and then share your story of what the Lord has done.  This is how we encourage others, learn from each other, and grow in the Lord as a body.  Yes, we will edit and if you are like yours truly some of your wording may get “edited out” for the integrity of our witness.  We have had guest bloggers before and the youngest was twelve!  Our young sisters have a testimony too.  Who knows, maybe you will find your calling at long last.

Treading in His Name,

Von Jones

Memorial September 11, 2001

I remember where I was when I got the news.  Driving into work at a local nursing home.  The next few hours found staff glued to TV monitors and the air was heavy and electric.  The residents began to pick up on the atmosphere and since all residents had televisions in their rooms the constant replay left them frightened as many suffered from dementia.  But one thing these octogenarians remembered was the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the crash of the stock market and the assassination of a president..  Within hours the behaviors of elderly changed from docile to an anger they did not fully understand.  What they knew despite mental decline was our country was once again, forever changed.  The heart of an American is always present and rallies to the cries of fellow Americans..

Today as we remember, may we be thankful for the lives lost, the bravery of the victims of the attacks, and the courage of all the first responders.   Pray for the families left behind for their grief has not ended and never will this side of heaven.

May the Lord of Heaven Bless America

2 Chronicles 7:14  King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Jesus Conquers the World

We welcome Karly back to the water!   

 

The Great Adventure by Steven Curtis Chapman

Jesus.  Conquers. The. World.  Wow!   Jesus conquers the world!.  We see Him as this gentle,  perfect,  and holy man.  The One who saved us all!   When He comes to earth again He will demolish evil and save the world.  We often don’t think of who He is accompanied by: His trusty companion with a gleaming coat–the white horse.
“I looked up and saw a white horse. Its rider carried a bow, and a crown was placed on his head. He rode out to win many battles and gain the victory” (Revelation 6:2).

Now there are many reasons He could be entering on a horse:

1.He left (Palm Sunday) on a donkey as no one of high ranking from a palace thought he ranked high in many hearts.
2. Coming back, He IS a Prince,  a man of high esteem and honor.
3. The horse shows a sense of nobility for it is one of the bravest and most elegant creatures that God created.
4. Into war, many ride on horses and this is the big war that determines it all. Jesus will defeat Satan once and for all!  So the horse represents the end or war.
5. The horse we know will be white. I believe this represents Jesus and what He is bringing:  peace and purity.  

JESUS is coming to save us from Satan, the son of destruction. He is facing His last battle on one of the most noble animals of time.  Listen to how God describes the regal horse:
Job 39:19-25
“Do you give the horse its strength
or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
20 Do you make it leap like a locust,
striking terror with its proud snorting?
21 It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength,
and charges into the fray.
22 It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing;
it does not shy away from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against its side,
along with the flashing spear and lance.
24 In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground;
it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.
25 At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’
It catches the scent of battle from afar,
the shout of commanders and the battle cry.

Sometimes, we have to be like Jesus and conquer the world–though on a smaller scale.  We prepare to fight; but, do we know how to put a foot in a stirrup?  We can’t fight alone!   Are you fighting alone today?   If you are reading this, I encourage you to see how to ride into battle with a white horse:  As people recognizing authority and purity.  We cannot have that white horse without the Savior of the world.  He wants to fight with you today.
karly Prince Caspian

Karly and Prince Caspian
Tread on fighters and mount your horse!
~Karly

Horse Typography

A Land of Being Alive

We welcome Karly again. Karly first shared this story with her mom at the age of four. Her vocabulary has grown but the story has remained virtually unchanged in the past eight plus years. We pray that you will be blessed by Karly’s experience. These are her words alone. No editing has been done.


A Land of Being Alive!

If you have seen Heaven is for Real or God’s Not Dead, you have your own opinion. Do you believe it? Would you really think a young child has the power to tell a grown adult “I visited heaven.” Or would you have the courage to stand up for your beliefs?

At the young age of four, my precious, beloved grandfather passed on. He was special and one of a kind. I called him Toy. He was for sure a man after God’s own heart!

Hebrews 12:28-29 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

I know he knew God would give us an eternal kingdom that would be forever!

I was so upset and I thought my world had ended.

A few days later, I went to bed like normal and I got a surprise, I was awakened being grabbed by the hand of a man in glowing white linens…. He pulled me out of the bed and all of a sudden light soared at us and the sun was beaming down. We walked up the rays as they were stairs.

Entering on clouds at the top, this man who I soon figured out was an angel left me at a gate. No ordinary one this gate was the most finely constructed, intricate detailed gate I’ve ever seen! They are giant gold gates with loops and pearls at the end. When you enter them it’s a glimmering gold street, lined with trees full of fruit and the river of life flows on the right. The water is so crystal clear you can view your reflection in it.

Now I walked on and the road just keeps on going. Then you come upon a field. It was full of children playing, dogs running happily, cats purring loudly, bunnies bouncing joyfully. A lion lying beside a lamb! But when I walked toward them I noticed a man. When I was right behind him he turned. I knew instantly and blurted out “JESUS!” He turned and swooped me up into a hug.

I was all very confused on how I ended up in heaven. That was all cleared up when Jesus put me down and clasped my hand to his. We headed along the gold street toward this crystal structure that loomed in the distance, passing mansions for future people to enter his kingdom. We arrived at this crystal structure(a barn) and I couldn’t believe my eyes, I asked was this a dream? and Jesus replied “No my child, you are really in heaven.” He pushed me into the barn and there were horses of every size and color! He even allowed me to meet his white horse who he will enter the world on. But in the wash rack there was my surprise. Toy turned and ran toward me; he was so excited to see me! And I to him. We talked for what seemed like hours and Toy took me to this palace when we entered there was God in the middle, Jesus on the right, and a place for the Holy Spirit on the left. I sat in Jesus’ lap

until he said it was time to go. I asked would I see him again and he said you will be with me again.

I woke up after he put me back in bed and I shared my journey!

If you get saved, you can be with Him. If He can promise a thief paradise don’t you think He can promise it to you?

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

-Karly

Jesus Has a Horse from Heaven Is For Real Soundtrack

The Waiting Room

Recently I had the privilege to visit Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia.  I always enjoy going and worshipping with my daughter and grandson at Calvary.  (Just that warm inviting atmosphere.)

With Christmas approaching, I assumed the message would be centered on the Christmas Story. Everyone was dressed in their red Christmas attire. We all sang “Joy to the World” with smiles on our faces. After a few minutes of Brother Jeff’s message, I found out my assumption was wrong. My red Christmas sweater started feeling really hot and my “Joy to the World” was not so joyful.  It was as if everyone in the room had disappeared and I was the only one left to hear this message.

He began by talking about the earthquake in California that happened in 1994.  He said, “When the people came out of their homes following the earthquake, they saw these strange lights in the sky.” (By this time I was on the edge of my seat….I wanted to know what they saw!)

“They began to call 911 to report these lights.” ………Only to find out, THEY WERE STARS IN THE SKY!

Well, I already had this one figured out…..The buildings that had been standing prior to the earthquake had been in the way of these people noticing the stars!  WRONG

THESE PEOPLE HAD BEEN SO BUSY LIVING AND DOING LIFE……THEY HAD NOT TAKEN THE TIME TO LOOK UP AND NOTICE THE STARS IN THE SKY.

The pastor tied this in with us looking and praying for a miracle; but being so busy with life we may actually miss the miracle God is trying so desperately to show us (Yeah, he was talking to me…..)

Next point……Being in the Lord’s Waiting Room.

(How did this man know I was going to be at his church today?)

Hear my heart…….

Being in the Lord’s Waiting Room is hard, it is tiring.  It’s lonely and sometimes painful.

At times you may ask, “Does He hear my prayers? Does He care?

C.S. Lewis in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe described being in the Lord’s waiting room as ”Always Winter but never Christmas.”  Yes, this is exactly how I had been feeling.

As painful as this message was, I needed to hear it.  I needed to hear that He does care; He does hear my prayers. I needed to hear that the darkness will break and I will be able to see the stars in the sky once again.

Several days later, as I was having my quiet time, the Lord brought to mind a song that I had not thought of in many years, “Written In Red.”  As I listened and the tears fell, I knew it was an embrace from my Father.

*Take the time to notice His Miracles.

*He loves you.

*He cares about you.

*He does hear your prayers.

Treading for Jesus,

Sharon

Gather Vocal Band – Written In Red