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Quench

“Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of your faithful people, and kindle in us the fire of your love. Alleluia!”

There is a Holy Spirit inside me. 
I know, I can sense Him. 
  • He inspires me. 
  • He is the fire within who likes to fan the flames and not be quenched. 
  • He is trying to make me holy. 
  • He gifted me for spiritual service. 
  • He illuminates the word for me.
  • He improves my muddled prayers.

Sometimes I fear that I am quenching the Spirit with my lack of faith. 
And sometimes I think that others are quenching the Spirit in me.  

Scripture simply says:
“Do not quench the Spirit.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:19
 
The word “quench” means to extinguish, to stifle or to retard.

I quench the Spirit when I am bitter and angry, when I cease to pray, when I am not worshipful, and when I do not trust God.

You can quench the spirit in me through legalism and persecution. I have experienced both but this Holy Spirit in me, He’s tenacious. He’s still burning inside. He warms my heart. He helps me to overcome persecution and the legalism that surrounds me. He is awesome. I am not.

This post is a reminder to be mindful of the Holy Spirit inside you, and also to be careful not to quench the spirit in others because some people are much more fragile than I.

In closing, I love the Spirit inside me. I cannot believe that he desires to reside in me.

The Ember
By Bob Brown

“Fires can’t be made with dead embers.”
If the ember rises,
Up to the sky,
Away from the fire,
It will flicker and die.
But if that ember,
Dances a lot,
Within the flames,
It will stay hot.
And if the Christians,
In pride, rises high,
Like the ember,
He too, will die.
The Spirit is there,
To warm and inspire,
So embers stay,
Within the fire

Contemporary Music for Pentecost

Contemporary Music for Pentecost

Holy Spirit painting
Holy Spirit painting (Photo credit: hickory hardscrabble)

Acts 2:1-21:

“Holy Spirit” by Keith and Kristen Getty

“Awakening” by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan

“Breathe on Me” by Charlie Hall and Kendall Colmes

“Fires” by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

“Holy Spirit Rain Down” by Russell Fragar

“Spirit Fall” by Jason Ingram, Louie Giglio, Kristian Stanfill and Daniel Carson

“Where the Spirit of The Lord Is” by Chris Tomlin, Nathan Nockels and Christy Nockels

Ezekiel 37:1-14:

“Days of Elijah” by Robin Mark

“Dry Bones” by Jon Egan and Mia Fields

“Awake, My Soul” by Chris Tomlin

The Spirit Continues the Work of Christ

The Spirit Continues the Work of Christ

He determines itineraries|
Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. – Acts 16:6

He distributes spiritual gifts
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. – 1 Corinthians 12:7–11

He selects church leaders
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. – Acts 13:2

He teaches
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. - John 14:26

He guides
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  - John 16:13

He comforts
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  -John 16:7

He dwells with you and will be in you
the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. - John 14:17

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

Contemporary Song Choices for Pentecost

Contemporary Song Choices for Pentecost

Scripture References:

Pentecost
Pentecost (Photo credit: Fr. Stephen, MSC)

Gen 11:1-9, Eze 37:1-14, Joel 2:28-29, Jn 14:25-27, Jn 15:26-27, Jn 16:5-11, Acts 2:1-21

Contemporary Song choices for Pentecost

Song Title Author / Songbook Comments
Days of Elijah Robin Mark Eze 37:1-14
Blessed are the Peacemakers http://www.truevinemusic.com Jn 14:27
Holy Spirit, the Dove Sent from Heaven CWS 723 Jn 14:25-27, Jn 15:26-27, Jn 16:5-11
“How Shall They Hear”, Who Have Not Heard CWS 778 especially verse 5 Jn 15:26-27
There is a Time for Everything CWS 764 especially verse 4 Jn 14:25-27, Jn 15:26-27 and Jn 16:5-11
Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled CWS 759 Jn 14:25-27
Holy Spirit Keith Gettyhttp://www.gettymusic.com/pentecost.aspx?aff=apr2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DHO–lI6Rw

CWS = Christian Worship Supplement

These are all good sites to find music:
www.worshiptogether.com
www.musicnotes.com
www.sheetmusicplus.com
www.praisecharts.com
www.lifewayworship.com

May the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with You

Holy Spirit painting
Image by hickory hardscrabble via Flickr

May the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with You

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – 2 Cor 13:14

This is a benediction, and a wonderful one at that.

Isn’t it amazing that it is the fellowship of the Holy Spirit that is being wished upon us?

It could have said, the power of the Spirit or the wisdom of the Spirit, but no, it’s the fellowship; the companionship, the company, the family, the communion, the koinonia, the partnership, the togetherness, the close relationship, the sharing, the bonding, the enjoyment of each other’s company, the interchange, the binding together, the friendship, and the helping that goes with the word fellowship.

It is a divine and spiritual fellowship that you are being blessed with.
Worshipers, the next time that you hear this at the close of worship, take heart, take comfort, and smile for God loves you and is with you.

Pastors, maybe you could consider using this passage of scripture to close your Pentecost worship.  Pentecost is on June 12 this year.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit

The following is a responsive reading that uses scripture passages, hymn lyrics and commentary.

Worship Leader: The Holy Spirit is not an “it.” He has knowledge.
Pastor: For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Cor. 2:11).
All: Come, Holy Fire, Comfort true; Grant us the will your work to do. (CW 176:v3)

Worship Leader: He has a mind.
Pastor: And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (Rom. 8:27)
All: Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and make our hearts your place of rest. (CW 177:v1)

Worship Leader: He has affections.
Pastor: I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. (Rom. 15:30)
All: Come, Oh, Come, Life-Giving Spirit, God from all eternity; May your power never fail us; dwell in us constantly. (CW 181:v1)

Worship Leader: He comforts the saved.
Pastor: But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)
All: Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord; May all your graces be poured out. (CW 176:v1)

Worship Leader: He convicts the lost.
Pastor: When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8)
All: Come, Holy Light, Guide divine; and cause the Word of life to shine. (CW 176:v2)

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of International Bible Society

Unction and Chrism

Unction and Chrism

That’s one of the great things about hymns – unction & chrism.

I say this because our choir practiced a new hymn from the hymnal supplement the other night titled: “Holy Spirit, the Dove Sent from Heaven” (CWS 732).  After singing our way through the song, we all kind of had a quizzical look on our faces then someone finally asked the question that was on all our minds: “what does unction & chrism mean?”  They are actually words used in the song lyrics.  Not one of us knew the answer so our choir director hopped over to the church library and grabbed a dictionary.  Here’s what they mean:

Unction:

1 : the act of anointing as a rite of consecration or healing

2 : something used for anointing : ointment, unguent

3 a : religious or spiritual fervor or the expression of such fervor

b : exaggerated, assumed, or superficial earnestness of language or manner : unctuousness

Chrism:

consecrated oil used in Greek and Latin churches especially in baptism, chrismation, confirmation, and ordination

Now here’s my point – hymns teach.   They do contain many words and phrases that we do not know the meaning of.  Some think of this as a detriment to hymns.  I do not.  I see it as a way of getting smarter and that’s one thing that our music is supposed to do.  It says in Colossians 3:16:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

May your Pentecost services be unctuous.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

What Does the Holy Spirit Do?

What does the Holy Spirit do?

 

P:  The Holy Spirit lives within Christians.  (John 14:17)
C:  The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

 

P:  He teaches.  (John 14:26)
C:  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

 

P:  He convicts us of sin.  (John 16:8)
C:  When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.

 

P:  He guides us.  (John 16:13)
C:  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

 

P:   He glorifies Christ.  (John 16:14)
C:  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.

 

P:  He strengthens and encourages (Acts 9:31)
C:  Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.

 

P:  He assures us that we are God’s children (Romans 8:16)
C:  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

 

P:  He helps us in our weakness.  (Romans 8:26)
C:  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

 

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society