dumanis DesemberThe Bible records that each Person of the Trinity has made Himself manifestly present in the lives of certain individuals. God the Father spoke to Moses in the burning bush in Exodus 3. God had been with Moses all along, but then, in “the far side of the wilderness” near Mt. Horeb (Exodus 3:1), God chose to manifest Himself. God the Son made Himself manifest through the Incarnation, as John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was manifest to the believers in the upper room: “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” (Acts 2:2–4).

The result of the manifest presence of God in the lives of the disciples was a world turned upside-down (see Acts 17:6).

Dunamis May ImageWe just returned from what I believe to have been tremendous Spiritual Conference in Cape Town, where the combined attendance over the 4 days was just over 9000 people (totals supplied by conference venue).
The electrifying start of the woman's conference and the powerfully vibrant opening ceremony on the Tuesday evening truly set the tone and atmosphere for what was to come.

We have been inundated with positive calls and comments about the conference and many commented about the exciting direction the church is taking.

We truly honour God for having granted us the Grace to have hosted and been part of this great event where I believe many lives have been changed.

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Christmas is when the church marks the birth of Jesus. Easter is when the church celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Everything, we, as Christians, believe about the divine nature of Jesus is imbedded within those two events — birth and resurrection, Christmas and Easter.

However, there is a third observance, a third sacred event — that is just as central to our understanding of what it means to be a Chris?an and what it means to be part of the life of the church.

That third event is Pentecost, and remarkably, many Christians do not observe that day at all. Pentecost shifts the focus of the Christian community away from the singular focus on the life of Jesus on to a clearer focus of the ministry of the church in the world. The word Pentecost literally means “50th” or “50th day.”

Which takes us to the event that occurred 50 days after the ascension of Jesus. The term originated with ancient Judaism’s celebration of the first harvest of the agricultural year. Pentecost was the time when they gave thanks to God for what the land had produced and for what their labour in the fields had yielded.

The observance of Pentecost for the Jews occurred seven weeks after the observance of Passover, and involved Jewish men gathering in the Temple in Jerusalem to mark that agricultural cycle. Pentecost went by various names in the Bible. It is called “The Feast of Weeks” in Exodus 34:22 and in Deuteronomy 16:10. It is called “The Feast of Harvest” in Exodus 23:16. It is called “The Day of First Fruits” in Numbers 28:26.