Pentecost

Sunday, June 9, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Ten Things To Know About Pentecost
 
1. Pentecost Sunday marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.
2. Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter.
3. The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2:1-13.
4. Pentecost comes 10 days after the Ascension of Jesus Christ.
5. Pentecost is also known as “the birthday of the Church”.
6. Pentecost fulfills Jesus’ promise to send the “Counselor” and “Spirit of Truth” in John 16-5-15.
7. Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the Gospel after Jesus’ ascension. Acts 2:41 records that after Peter spoke to the crowd after receiving the Holy Spirit, some 3,000 people were baptized.
8. The Pentecostal movement derives its name from the New Testament event in Acts 2.
9. Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason as Christians. The celebration by Jews of Pentecost is to observe God giving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus. The Pentecost in Jewish tradition takes place 50 days after Passover.
10. In Western Churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the color red, which symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit.
 
The Holy Spirit gives us a supernatural enabling to live a completely different life than we could otherwise live. He enables us to BE His witness everywhere we find ourselves. There’s a BIG difference in witnessing or telling people about Jesus and BEING a witness. When we are a witness our live lines up more accurately with our words.
 
The only way that will really happen is when we are living “Life In The Spirit”
Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
 
Jesus told His followers that they WOULD receive POWER after the Holy Spirit came upon them. He had already told them they had received the Holy Spirit, now they were receiving a new infilling of the Holy Spirit.
John 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.
 
What we see here is that the disciples received the Holy Spirit after Jesus had risen from the dead, but before Pentecost.
 
On Pentecost a different “receiving” of the Holy Spirit occurs. It’s commonly known as a Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Here Jesus says “with”; it’s the Greek word “en” which means “in”. That makes sense because the Greek word for baptized is “baptizo” which means to immerse or submerge.
Acts 1:5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
 
Look at this passage this way
Acts 1:5 For John submerged you in water, but in a few days you will be submerged in the Holy Spirit.
 
Jesus gives a description of what will happen because of this baptism – we receive power.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
 
This power has a great purpose for our lives. The power Jesus speaks about enables us to live a life that is an example of Jesus to people and the result will be to point them to the Lord. This power enables us to be overcomers of the harsh realities of the life we live in this world. This power will transform our life; it will produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
 
There are manifestations or demonstrations we can expect as a result of this baptism. Here’s what happened as a result of the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
 
There are other manifestations or demonstrations we can expect as a result of this baptism. These are often referred to as the “gifts of the Spirit”. Most commonly they are referred to as nine gifts, but there are more than that. The thing that is common to every gift is this – they point people to the Lord, they are for the common good.
1Corinthians 12:7 …the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

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WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

Did you know what you think becomes the basis of our experiences in life. You become what you think about all day long. As a man thinks in his heart, so he becomes. If you think in your heart that you are powerless, unworthy, undervalued, or simply just being average, that is what you will be. Or perhaps, you believe you will never amount to anything, you are not very smart, you then will become what you have thought about yourself.

On the other side of the spectrum, if you think that God’s might and power Is joined to you, you become more than a conqueror. If you believe the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead is living inside you, you become unstoppable, with unlimited ability. You are only limited by the thoughts that you choose.

Your destiny lies in what you believe about yourself and what you are actually capable of doing. If you believe that you have unlimited potential, you will live your life by design and begin to create the life you want. If you believe that you have very little potential and cannot contribute very much to society, you will live your life by default accepting whatever comes your way.

If you believe greater is He that lives within you than he that is in the world, then you will become lion hearted, fearless and be the salt of the earth that Jesus described you as.


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Couples Dinner & A Movie

Couples Dinner & A Movie Night – Saturday, June 8th @6:30pm – $15.00 per couple Come out together for a fun evening watching a romantic comedy & enjoying a delicious dinner with amazing desserts to follow. R.S.V.P & Payment due on or before Wed June 5th! Baby sitting will be available upon request

Registration & Information Here – http://www.lwfgc.org/couples-night/


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Friday, October 26th @7PM

LINK

Friday, October 26th @7PM
Friday, October 26th @7PMLINKING PEOPLE TO PEOPLE AND PEOPLE TO GOD
FRIDAY, JUNE 7th @7:00PM
 

At LINK you will be inspired by a network of people living life to the fullest. You will have the opportunity to listen to great music, hear a relevant & inspiring message, and meet people from every sphere of life Come on out for a great night of food, music and community with the greatest sense of purpose!

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From Persecutor to Apostle

After The Resurrection
Sunday, May 19, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
Saul of Tarsus
Persecutor Turned Apostle
 
Today we’re talking about Saul of Tarsus, a notoriously evil man who persecuted the Church but when he had an encounter with Jesus Himself everything changed and he became one of the most significant leaders in the Church. Today we’ll look at his conversion and one of his most wonderful teachings.
 
When Jesus touches you there will be big changes in your life.
 
Here’s the first mention of Saul of Tarsus.Acts 7:51“You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did,so do you. 52Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, 53who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it.”
 
Acts 7:54  When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
 
Acts 7:57  Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58and they cast him out of the city and stoned him.And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
 
Acts 8:1Now Saul was consenting to his death.
 
 At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2And devout men carried Stephen to his burial,and made great lamentation over him.
 
Acts 8:3  As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.
 
Acts 9:1Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
 
Acts 9:3  As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4Then he fell to the ground, and hea rd a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
 
Acts 9:5  And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting…
 
Because of this encounter with Jesus Saul has a conversion and turns from being a persecutor to a believer in Jesus.
 
After several years Saul, who is now called Paul goes from city to city preaching and teaching and establishing Churches.
 
It’s a beautiful thing to see unfold…the one who was a persecutor of Christians has now become one of the most influential leaders in the Christian Church.
 
For a time many people, including the Church leaders had their doubts about Paul and him sincerity but as time passed he earned their trust.
 
Sadly though there were people who should have celebrated this transformation but they didn’t. Some felt it was their job to be the Holy Spirit Police and demean Paul, accusing him of preaching the Gospel for human gain.
 
As he is writing to the Corinthian church he is going to address this situation.
 
2 Corinthians 10:3Forthough we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
 
In Ephesians he describes the war that we’re in
Ephesians 6:12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
 
One takeaway from this is that when you’re going to walk with Jesus you’re going to have to walk by faith, not necessarily by logic.
 
Think of all of the things we read about in the Bible that don’t compute with our thinking.
Parting of the red Sea – God asked Moses what he had in his hand, it was just a stick but when he held it up, as God had said, it became s force to be reckoned with and the red Sea opened up and the children of Israel walked across on dry ground.
 
Jesus fed 5,000 men with a little boys lunch.
John 6:8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
 
Those things didn’t make sense but God did the miraculous anyway.
 
Another takeaway is that when people are giving you a hard time you need to realize that you’re not fighting against people, you’re in a spiritual battle. You’re not wrestling against flesh and blood but spiritual wickedness and you need to fight in the spirit.

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Waiting

  After The Resurrection   Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree WAITING     Sometimes you just have to wait…

Let’s face it; we usually don’t want to wait.
 
In our modern times we rarely have to wait for so may of the things we want .
 
We have fast Internet, instant messages, news on demand, fast food, microwave food, food deliveries, next day shipping and even same day shipping.
 
We are pretty much conditioned NOT to wait.
 
But as far as God is concerned we will just have to wait.
 
So what do we do while we wait?
 
One thing is to praise Him and be thankful.
 
Another thing is to rehearse the promise, keep it fresh in our mind.
 
We keep the hope that we have in front of us; we don’t put aside the hope that we have.
 
Proverbs 13:12 Hope that is deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
 
Defer means to put off (an action or event) to a later time; postpone
 
If we defer or put off HOPE our heart will become sick.
 
Therefore we need to keep hope in front of us, we do that by rehearsing the promise of God.
 
After the resurrection Jesus told His disciples to wait for God’s promise to them. This promise would empower them to do what they were going to be called to do; they would be able to face the challenges ahead because of this promise. But if they didn’t wait they would have never received the promise.
 
 
    Acts 1:1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
 
1Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
 
Acts 1:4   And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to WAIT for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
 
Because they waited for the promise they were filled with the Holy Spirit in a powerful way and they were going to need that power in the days ahead.   Today, we need the same power to WAIT for the promises of God. It’s not fun to wait, in fact, it is very challenging to wait.   How many of us are waiting on something or probably something(s)
 
When what we are waiting for is the promise of God we can rest assured that it will come to pass.   Like the song says “He’s never early, He’s never late, it takes courage it takes faith, trust Him and see He’s got all the power you need.   God have an appointed time for His promises for us.
 
Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
 
Habakkuk 2:3 But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
 
 

Sometimes we can feel weary or weak while we wait but here’s a promise from God concerning that.   Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.   Wait – 6960. קָוָה qavah, kaw-vaw´; a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect:—gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).   Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!


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So Close & Yet So Far

After The Resurrection Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
 
The Road To Emmaus – So Close & Yet So Far
 
Sometimes we can be so close to something and yet not see it, not appreciate it, not touch it.
 
Jesus one time said that the Kingdom of Heaven was at had – it’s in reach – it’s so close He added Repent (turn) and believe the Gospel (Good News)
 
The King was among them but they couldn’t see Him, they couldn’t appreciate Him, they couldn’t touch Him – So close and yet so far
 
Sometimes we’re looking for God in the spectacular or in people of renown – but there are so many times that God shows up in the obscure and ordinary.
 
The Road To Emmaus is such a place, obscure with ordinary people walking on it.
 
Luke 24:13   Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.   Luke 24:17   And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”   Luke 24:18   Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”   Luke 24:19   And He said to them, “What things?”So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”   Luke 24:25   Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.   Luke 24:28   Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.   Luke 24:30   Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.   Luke 24:32   And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.   Luke 24:36   Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”   Luke 24:40   When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.
 

Two unknown and ordinary people on their way toward and obscure destination.   We do know one of their names – Cleopas – we don’t know the others – some scholars say person may have been Cleopas’ wife and that could make sense seeing that she’s left unnamed.   You see, in that time and culture women and children were generally disregarded and overlooked.   But Jesus loved to look at the overlooked – He loved to include the downcast – the disregarded.   After all, didn’t He protect the woman caught in the act of adultery – didn’t He use the little boys lunch to feed thousands of people?   He called the notorious tax collector Matthew to be His disciple? He touched the leper.   He healed a Roman soldiers child. He talked to the outcast at the Samaritan well.   He loved the unseen, disregarded and obscure people.


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Jazzy Gospel Concert

Mixed Company will be back on Sunday, May 5th for a great Jazzy Gospel Concert – It’s a $15– fundraiser for CAMP 22.6

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Friday, October 26th @7PM

LINK May 3rd @7PM

Friday, October 26th @7PM
LINKing people to people & people to God –
 

LINK Friday May 3rd 7pm 🎶

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