The Birthday of the Church. By Dr. Charles Pedersen, Pastor

PENTE10C-trans1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violet wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jew and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

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I.Introduction

II.We Need the Holy Spirit in Order to Witness

III.We Need to be Transformed by the Power of the Holy Spirit

IV.As God’s Children, We Cannot Afford to Ignore His Immediate Presence

V.Conclusion/Observance of Communion

An American Memorial. By Dr. Charles Pedersen, Pastor

Micah 3:1-12 : (NIV 1984)          Page 1443

1Then I said, “listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice, 2you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones; 3who eat my people’s flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?”

4Then they will cry out to the Lord, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done.

5This is what the Lord says:

“As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them they proclaim ‘peace’; if he does not, they prepare to wage war against him. 6Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets and the day will go dark for them. 7The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God.” 8But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression to Israel his sin. 9Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rules of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; 10who build Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with wickedness. 11Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priest teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us.” 12Thefore because of you Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.

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  1. Mayflower Compact “Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia”
  2. John Adams (2nd President): “The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity”
  3. Alexander Hamilton (1st Sec of the Treasury): “the two things which Hamilton said made America great:
    • Christianity
    • a Constitution formed under Christianity.
  4. Patrick Henry: ““It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
  5. George Washington: “ It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”
  6. “What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.”
  7. Thomas Jefferson: “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

Six requirements that God recommends for government leaders from Proverbs

Righteousness (Proverbs 29:2)
Wisdom (Proverbs 8:12-16)
Absolute Honesty (Proverbs 17:7)
Separation From Bad Influences( Proverbs 25:4-5)
Personal Purity (Proverbs 31:3)
Protection Of The Weak And Defenseless (Proverbs 31:8-90

Our Duties and Responsibilities in Christ. By Dr. Charles Pedersen, Pastor

Galatians 6: 1-10 (NIV 1984)

1Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted 2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5for each one should carry his own load.

6Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not do give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

 

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Raised with Jesus. By Elder Barbara Morris

Luke 1: 26 – 38, 45

The Fruit of the Spirit — Self-Control. By Dr. Charles Pedersen, Pastor

Galatians 5: 22-23(NIV 1984)

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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The Fruit of the Spirit — Gentleness. By Dr. Charles Pedersen, Pastor

Galatians 5: 22-23(NIV 1984)

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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The Fruit of the Spirit — Faithfulness. By Dr. Charles Pedersen, Pastor

Galatians 5: 22-23(NIV 1984)

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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The Resurrection. By Dr. Charles Pedersen, Pastor

Mathew 28:1-15 (NIV 1984)
1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen form the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

11While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priest everything that has happened. 12When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

 

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The Journey to Jerusalem. By Dr. Charles Pedersen, Pastor

Luke 19: 28-44 (NIV 1984)

 

      28After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30”Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone ask you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

      32Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owner asked them “Why are you untying the colt?”

      34They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

      35They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

      37When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

 

      38”Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

 

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

 

      39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40”I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

41As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within you walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
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