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THE SPIRIT SATURATED CHURCH

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Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit? Have you received God’s promised Spirit presence? 




Has the power of God clothed you in spite of your weakness and nakedness?
There is an experience of the Holy Spirit that can be described as a baptism. Before you were dry and lacked power. After the coming of the Holy Spirit, the church was alive and empowered to do the works of Jesus.

Acts 2:When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Charles Finney, the American revivalist wrote about an experience he had in prayer:
As I went in and shut the door after me, it seemed as if I met the Lord Jesus Christ face to face. ... He said nothing, but looked at …

DRIPPING WITH SPIRIT

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These are the famous last words of Jesus, repeated before leaving the world and returning to the Father.





Acts 1:4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The promised Holy Spirit would clothe the disciples with power and is now described as a baptism.
Every good Jew knew that baptism in water was what you did when you wanted to surrender your life to the plans of God. You stepp…

GETTING YOUR POWER CLOTHES

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The Lord’s Prayer gives an outline of how Jesus prayed. 
Over the disciples’ lifespan we see them grow from falling asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane to becoming a people whose prayers welcomed the will of God from Heaven to earth.



When did they experience significant change in their prayer life? It would appear that the coming of the Holy Spirit changed the practice of prayer in significant ways.
Consider what Jesus told them about the coming Holy Spirit. After miraculously raising from the dead, He appeared to many of his followers and gave some final teaching before ascending to Heaven.
In fact, the last recorded words of Jesus before the Ascension mention very specific things about what was happening.

Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning …

PSL: PRAYER AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

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Did you pray today?
From earliest times, prayer has been a communal practice of the Church. 



Outside the Christian faith, there are many religions that pray in various ways to the God of their understanding. Since the dawn of man, there have been continual attempts to communicate with and hear from the Higher Realm.
Jesus’ disciples were all Jewish. They grew up with prayer. It was practiced in their homes, their synagogues and in the Temple. All these prayers reinforced and reminded people that God was approachable and wanted our communication. Why was it then, they asked Jesus how to pray?
If you’ve done something all your life, why would you want to relearn it? I’ve known how to speak English from early childhood. Why would I feel compelled to now have someone teach me how to speak English? If you have already been raised with prayer, why would you want to have ‘Prayer as a Second Language’ classes?
It would seem that the disciples observed something else going on in Jesus’ prayer life…

MAN OF GOD

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As part of a series of men's prayer meetings in Western Ontario, I wrote this simple song to remind myself to be a godly man. What does it mean to honour my original vows?

Since it was intended to be a song for men, I took inspiration from the hymn 'Rise Up, O Men Of God'. (And maybe a little Ron Sexsmith & Tom Petty)

Having my daughter Karli sing with me is significant. Faith of our fathers living still...

I was tempted to write 'Child Of God' but perhaps the non-men can also sing the verses to God and the chorus to us guys.

Man Of God by Kevin Rogers
Verse 1: FBbF At An Altar Long AgoDmCF I Made My Solemn Vow FBbF At An Altar Once AgainDmCF It’s Here My Knee Will Bow
Chorus: FC O Man Of God GmF Be Done With Lesser ThingsCDmBbF Give All You Are, All Your Heart FCDm To Serve The King Of KingsBbCF To Serve The King Of Kings
Verse 2: I Will Rise Up From This Place And Walk Today With You There Is No Turning Back I Will Keep My Eyes On You

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