Only God can create in us a new spiritual being.
Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church.
Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday begins a Holy Week in which we see how God’s plan of salvation was lived out by Jesus’ obedience to God’s will.
We move quickly from the birth of Jesus to his baptism thirty years later and the start of his ministry.
Churches, like businesses, need to have a clear vision for their future. Our vision is given by God, calling us to be where God already is, ready to build God’s kingdom.
From Jesus’ parable of the Wheat and the Weeds we learn that it is not our responsibility to judge others for only God can judge a person’s heart.
The Old Testament story of the Tower of Babel with God “confusing the language of the people” contrasts with the story of Pentecost and the disciples suddenly able to speak in multiple languages. It contrasts the story of people filled with pride and arrogance with people filled with the Holy Spirit.
Peter tells the church suffering from persecution that suffering unjustly is Christ’s way which he modeled for us.
The beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount focuses not on what we are to do but on who we are to be.
In this season of giving, God has three special gifts for you — gifts of joy, peace and love.