Babylon was a sophisticated society, with enough distraction to keep any Hebrew in the constant tension between devotion to God and an unhealthy love for this world.
Daniel, on the other hand, was absolute in His devotion to God, and uncompromising in his purpose. He sought for excellence in his position as leaven. If you want to find someone with a reason for bitterness, you’ve just found him—taken away from his family, made into a eunuch, and forced to serve among the cultists. Greatness in God is often on the other side of injustice and offense. Daniel made it over this hurdle, but not because he was great. He was victorious because of His devotion to the One who is great!
Excerpt From: Johnson, Bill. “A Life of Miracles.” Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. iBooks.
Ministry update and request for prayer for our ministry in Guatemala.
The word Pentecost means 'fifty'.
It is the fiftieth day after the Passover sabbath. It is also called the Feast of Weeks, which was one of the Jewish feasts or festivals. When we talk about Pentecost today, we are talking about the Pentecost that came fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was during this Pentecost that the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the first followers of Christ.
Thus, from an historical point of view, Pentecost is the day on which the church was born. Pentecost marks the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples to empower them to take the message of the KofG to the world.
Pentecost is the fulfilment of two promises …
1) an Old Testament promise– Joel 2:28, which says “I will pour out my Spirit on all people”, and
2) a New Testament promise- where Jesus says He will send another Counsellor, Comforter, Spirit of truth, or the HS, to live in each believer (Jn 16: 5-15).
Today we want to acknowledge and welcome the presence of the HS, the third part of the God head- Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
Posts are a collection of thoughts by the Pastors and leaders of Church on the Rock Melbourne.