Pentecost Sunday

 Tomorrow marks the birth of the church, the institution that has had more influence on the history of the entire world than any other, except for the institution of marriage. Both of these foundational institutions were initiated by Jehovah. We celebrate wedding anniversaries, birthdays of people, and even our nations. However, very few churches will be mentioning the significance of Pentecost Sunday tomorrow, which marks the 1,994th anniversary of the event described in The Book of Acts. (Acts 1:8; 2:1-11)
     Yesterday my husband and I returned from a wonderful tour of southeast Europe. I was awestruck by the beauty of the landscape and of the picturesque architecture. There are beautiful ancient churches everywhere. They are well preserved as tourist attractions. Some have a small remnant of attendees, but most are inactive. Initially I found this to be sad. However, soon the Lord reminded me of the vibrant growing churches that we witness in many other parts of the world. The Holy Spirit is alive and well and continues to spread into the uttermost parts of the world. He does not dwell in buildings, but in the hearts of Christ followers who continue to remain faithful to the great commission.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Tomorrow, let’s remember and celebrate the birth of the Bride of Christ, His Church.

Your Sister in Christ,

Ljubljana – Lake Bled, Slovenia
Abbey of St. James – Opatija, Croatia
City of Split, on the Dalmatian Coast
Baroque Cathedral – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Baptist Church – Akot, South Sudan
Baptist Church – Palorinya Refugee Settlement, Uganda