- Acts 2:1-4 Danger: High Voltage (McLarty)
Luke wants us to see that the same Spirit that empowered Jesus was given to the disciples on the day of Pentecost that they might continue Jesus' mission of reconciling the world to God. "But you will receive power," Jesus said, "when the Holy Spirit has come upon you."
- Acts 2:1-11 Finding Our Own Voices (Hoffacker)
The Galileans speak out in unfamiliar ways. Without computer software, they suddenly become masters of strange speech. Yet what happens on this first Christian Pentecost has to do not only with language, but also with content.
- Acts 2:1-11 As Simple as Breathing (Hoffacker)
Often we give our attention only to what is wrong. We miss ways in which God is breathing divine breath into the ordinary mud of ourselves and each other. We miss ways in which God is practicing the divine art of resurrection.
- Acts 2:1-21 The Gift of Fire (Leininger)
The fire was exactly as advertised. It proved to be a COMFORTER, an ENCOURAGER, an EXHORTER or CHALLENGER. Look what happened to Peter.
- Acts 2:1-21 Receive the Holy Spirit (Sellery)
Sadly, like the apostles, we are slow learners and fast forgetters. That’s why the Holy Spirit comes to us as it did to them, not as a visitor, but as the abiding presence of God. You can ignore him, but not if you value salvation.
- Acts 2:1-21 When the Fire Grows Cold (McLarty)
One day a welder was busy at work. Dad asked, "What are you making?" The welder looked up and said, "Three twenty-five an hour." But God didn't put us on earth to make money; God put us here to make a difference.
- Acts 2:1-21 Time to Deliver (Hyde)
Jesus said, “Stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high.” Waiting can drive you crazy! But guess what… they did it. They did what Jesus told them to do.
- Acts 2:1-21 Breathe on Me, Breath of God (Brettell)
CONFIRMATION: In your letters to me, each of you In your own way impressed me with the depth of your personal theology. I was blown away when I read, “I will be connected to God in a completely new way.”
- Acts 2:1-21 This Sacred Discontinuity (Hoffacker)
Have you noticed? The future becomes the present on its way to becoming the past. As this happens, we must come to terms with problems and challenges and tragedies. We must open ourselves to obvious moments of grace.
- Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Practicing Resurrection: Testimony (Butler)
Shouldn’t everything stop at least for a little while? Shouldn’t the world stop turning or something? It should, I thought. But it didn’t. It didn’t when Stu died--and it certainly didn’t when Jesus died.
- Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Practicing Resurrection: Hospitality (Butler)
True hospitality is not about impressing our friends. It is studiously welcoming someone who is a stranger to you, and allowing yourself to be changed in the process.
- Acts 2:37-47 They Devoted Themselves (Donovan)
Jesus' disciples made a splash at Pentecost that sent out ripples that have grown ever larger through the centuries, until those few disciples have become hundreds of millions.
- Acts 2:42-47 Glad and Generous Hearts (Anders)
We have decided we can follow Jesus without a cross, without sacrifice. We want a low demand faith--that requires little of us. But even popular wisdom says, "That which costs you nothing is worth nothing."
- Acts 2:42-47 Practicing Resurrection: Justice (Butler)
As our view of Easter fades in our rearview mirrors, we’re facing a radical concept: Living like Easter matters . . . eschewing the idea that Easter comes once a year and involves primarily a whole lot of chocolate.