Had a very nice day with my family yesterday! Walked 6 miles through and around downtown Staunton, VA… the funnest walk of my life!
We started at the farmers market @ the Depot Parking lot… walked up to the Cranberry Market where we bought two oranges and ate them at the outside table. Walked through East Beverly Street dreaming over the million dollar houses, made a left on some main road, up to another main road, to another main road that took us to Gypsy Hill Park, we continued our adventure to Thornrose Cemetery, went through the cemetery, back out to West Beverly, back to the downtown area where there was a live concert happening… and we met up with Coree and Heaven Balsamo (our kids), had lunch at a really cool downtown sandwich cafe: the Pampered Palate Cafe!
We also shopped at Kristin Condra’s very amazing shop: Retro & Me! Everyone should check that place out! Kristin has a beautiful CREATIVE GIFT… and her prices are PERFECT! I bought a few colorful ties, and Heaven bought a 1970’s orange mushroom clock and a very cool metal flower necklace and a few other FUN things!
Happy Birthday Christian Churches!
Today, Christians all over the world celebrate the BIRTHDAY of the CHURCH. Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day when Gods Holy Spirit descended with mighty power into the lives of our earliest disciples. It FIRST happened 50 days after the resurrection of Christ, when the Jewish people were celebrating the Festival of Shavuot, or the Festival of “Pentecost” which simply means “FIFTY.”
The significance of FIFTY is this: this festival was celebrated FIFTY days after the festival of Passover… which was fifty days after the Jewish people were delivered from Egyptian slavery.
This festival of Shavuot has two major themes. First, it is a celebration of the exact day when Moses received the 1o commandments from God. Second, it is a celebration of the final gathering of the spring harvest, and an anticipation of the coming fall harvest. (if God could be counted faithful to bless the spring harvest, he could be trusted to bless the coming fall harvest)
The Bible says there were 120 disciples gathered in an upper room, in the city of Jerusalem. They were likely in the very same room where Jesus had shared his last supper with his 12 disciples… just 50 days before that festival of Shavuot. Jesus had told his disciples not to leave Jerusalem until they were “endued with power from on high.” In other words, they were not to go out and try to save the world until they were absolutely filled through and through… until they were “baptized” with His Holy Spirit.
I feel like it’s important to recognize how God chose the Festival of Shavuot to be the day He baptized those 120 disciples with His Holy Spirit. God chose the Festival of Shavuot as the BIRTHDAY OF HIS CHURCH!
The significance of Shavuot (or Pentectost) for the Christian church is this: Since Jesus was sacrificed for the sins of the world during the Jewish festival of Passover, and God sent His Holy Spirit FIFTY days later during the festival of Pentecost… AND as a result of that HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERMENT, the early church celebrated the EARLY HARVEST… then we also have the prediction of a latter harvest following a long summer season!
I believe God still desires for the modern Christian Church HIGHLY DEDICATED to the themes of Pentecost.
- The Word of God!
- The Holy Spirit!
I pray that this Pentecost Sunday brings an awareness of Gods word (the Bible), a new dedication to the Great Commission (Harvest), and a new baptism of Gods Holy Spirit… on every church in America and throughout the whole world!
God bless you all!
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!