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Pentecost is Sunday, May 19

By Pastor Scott Graham | May 14, 2013

As Christians, we celebrate holidays to commemorate the monumental times of our faith. Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, is a wonderful holiday! Good Friday — not a pleasant memory, thinking about the cruelty of the blood-splattered cross and the depravity of man that brought it to pass. Death and funerals are not usually happy times. Yet because of God’s divine plan, without death and burial there is no resurrection, which brings us to Easter. Easter is probably the most celebrated Christian holiday because it brings us a happy ending — a great hope.

All of these days we celebrate are commemorative of Jesus Christ. But there is another holiday, Pentecost. Pentecost simply means 50 days, marking 50 days from the Passover OR the Crucifixion of Christ. Pentecost marks the beginning of the Church. It is the day the Lord sent His Holy Spirit to all that would follow Him. Pentecost is our opportunity to experience the death, burial and the resurrection.

People who had not experienced what the 120 that were in the upper room had received, did not understand what was happening. Some wanted to know the meaning of this, while others made fun of them. Still others thought they were drunk. But Peter had Power because he had this New Testament experience understanding to explain this New Testament message.

Pentecost Sunday is May 19. Come celebrate this holiday with us at New Life Tabernacle at 4 p.m. We meet in the Assembly of God Church building — 1602 E. Washington St.

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