Pastor Mike's thoughts

Thoughts on today's Christian world and how it fits into secular society.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Everybody has a place

The Holy Spirit came down on them, just as on us at the beginning. ACTS 11:15

An interesting thing to notice about the upper room is that the Holy Spirit came, not just on the Twelve, but on the one hundred and twenty.

What would have happened if the Spirit had come on the Twelve and had bypassed the others who were waiting in that room, what would that have done to Christianity? It would have limited the Spirit's power and presence to special people, called to a specially ordained job. Someone once said that the addition of a zero to the twelve, making 120, is one of the greatest additions in history.

It is! The coming of the Holy Spirit on the 120 meant that all distinctions based on a special class or group were gone. Some have different gifts, of course, such as are described in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4:11. As far as receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit is concerned, however, anyone who is saved, is eligible.

If we think this through carefully, it might make us able to get a sense of mission in life. Some occupations are considered sacred and some secular.

This produces a sag in every so-called secular occupation. The layman is in a secular occupation and so is excused if he lives a second-rate Christian life. This takes away from a Spirit-filled life because it removes any sense of divine calling. A minister can be holy and a layman can be holy, all on the same conditions with no special favors. Sacredness is found in character, not in a job description; in values, not in vestments.

Praying for us all to live a Spirit Filled life
Pastor Mike

Crazy Things Actually Said By Commentators In The World Of Soccer...

1. Well, it's Liverpool two, Ipswich nil, and if the score stays this way, I've got to fancy Liverpool for the win.

2. He had an eternity to play that ball, but took too long.

3. And so they have not been able to improve on their 100% record.

4. With the last kick of the game, he scored with a header.

5. Well, it's a fabulous kaleidoscope of color: almost all the Brazilians are wearing yellow shirts.

6. If that had gone on, it would definitely have been a goal.

7. Their manager, Howard Wilkinson, isn't here today, which strongly suggests that he may be elsewhere.

8. I am a firm believer that if one team scores a goal, the other need to score two to win.

9. If a team scores early on, it often takes an early lead.

10. You cannot possibly have counted the number of passes made, but there were eight.


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