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Pentecost - The Holy Spirit Everywhere: What Gifts Do You Have?

Pentecost commemorates the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples, empowering them and filling them with courage and wisdom to spread the Gospel. It marks the birth of the Church, the moment when Christ's followers were infused with divine power and guidance.

The Holy Spirit is the very presence of God among us, working in our lives and within the Church. Just as the Holy Spirit encouraged the disciples, we received the Spirit's same gifts to help us in our mission to spread the Gospel. The Apostle Paul describes these gifts in his letter to the Corinthians. He writes, "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone." (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, ESV).

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are diverse and uniquely bestowed upon each believer to improve the body of Christ. Some are given the gift of wisdom, enabling them to discern God's will and make good decisions. Others are blessed with the gift of knowledge, allowing them to understand and teach the Gospel. Still, others receive the gift of faith, enabling them to inspire believers and non-believers around them.

As we reflect on the gifts mentioned and more, remember that they are not for personal gain or self-promoting. Instead, they are given to us for the common good, to build up Christ's body and bring truth to a broken world. So let us embrace these gifts with gratitude and use them wisely and responsibly, guided by the Spirit.

During this Pentecost season, I encourage you to reflect on the gifts you have received from the Holy Spirit. Take the time to discern your unique talents and how they can be utilized for the betterment of our church community and beyond. Let us seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and be open to His leading in our lives.

Elder Darrell

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