Today is Pentecost Sunday. We are excited to celebrate this special day when the Holy Spirit came down on the apostles and gave them the power to proclaim God’s name to all nations. In these past few Sundays, we have been studying about the Promise, the Power, and the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Today, we will be examining the Impact of the Holy Spirit. In particular, we will look at the impact that the Holy Spirit had on one person’s life that changed the lives of many. Be doing this study, my hope is that we realize that the Holy Spirit can also impact us and change the lives of many around us.
Next Sunday, we will be celebrating Pentecost Sunday, when the Holy Spirit came to the apostles and gave them power to proclaim God’s name to all nations. For these past few weeks, we have been talking about the Holy Spirit, in particular the Promise of the Holy Spirit and the Power of the Holy Spirit. Through these messages, we have learned about how we need the Holy Spirit and how God wants to empower us with the Holy Spirit so that we can be effective in impacting the world. Today, we will continue this series as we study the “Inspiration of the Holy Spirit.”
Please join us for our special service on Sunday, May 2nd, at 11:00am, as we welcome Dr. George and Leela Chavanikamannil, our missionaries to India.
Their ministry, Good News for India, was birthed out of West Los Angeles Christian Center. Come hear their story from the vision to the current works in India. Please invite others to attend in-person or online so that they, too, can be encouraged.
This is the first Sunday of Lent, a season of reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter. “Lent recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus’ crucifixion by Rome. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! Whether you are single, married, together, or separated, we can all celebrate this special day together because “God is Love.” As a special treat for Valentines, instead of doing my regular sermon, I am going to call up my one and only love for 38 years, my wife for 33 years, my best friend, the mother of our children, and our co-pastor, Pastor Lena Lazo.
We are truly living in confusing times, where we do not know who or what to believe, what is true and what is false, or what is right or what is wrong. Just this past Friday night (around 11:00pm ET), the Supreme Court, ruled in a 6-3 decision, that California cannot ban indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic. Praise God for this victory, especially for the two churches who have been at the forefront of this battle—South Bay United Pentecostal Church near San Diego and Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena. But the ruling also said that the state can cap indoor services at 25% of a building’s capacity and can still keep the ban on singing and chanting.
We live in a society today in which nothing is secure or certain. Our health, our jobs, our homes, our finances—that we may have at once thought were stable—are all subject to change and often in a negative direction. How do we do we work through these uncertain times? More importantly, how secure are we in the Lord when everything else seems to be falling apart?
We are seeing many instances where it appears that churches are being picked on or discriminated against by the government or by people of influence during this coronavirus pandemic. This has resulted in churches making changes on when we gather, how we gather, and how we worship. How does God want us to respond to those who persecute us?
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