Dunamis

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.

2018 10 29 105217In 2015 I had the privilege of attending a Leadership IConference where Travis Greene launched his song ‘Intentional’. What a powerful moment of intense worship exploded within that conference while listening to him worship. The audience joined in spontaneous worship. That moment is forever etched in my spirit.

The song is about the “Intentional” nature of God towards us. It got me thinking then about us as Christ followers being “Intentional” in our walk with God. It’s always easier to react to life rather than to shape it. To go with the flow rather than to dig a new trench. Obviously, we want to respond well to what life throws at us. It’s assumed we should do that.

There’s a wooden sign, cut in the shape of the state of North Carolina over the door of the locker room at Kidd Brewer Stadium. On that sign is the engraving, “Today, I give my all for Appalachian State.” As the football players leave the locker room to go out on the

As I was thinking about what it means and looks like to be an “Intentional Christian” it occurred to me that it is a similar process to that of the football players. It’s a daily dedication of our lives to living for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean that we will always follow through. Sometimes we may even fail miserably, but an “Intentional Christian” lives with the goal: “Today, I give my all for my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

Think about it! The greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.” In other words, Love the Lord your God with all that you are. Or, what about the simple formula for what it means to do God’s will, “Walk in the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

In other words, do whatever it is that God tells you to do.