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Summary: How much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. D L Moody was once asked why he urged Christians to be filled constantly with the Holy Spirit. Well, he said, "I need a continual infilling because I leak.

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For Those Not Familiar with an Anglican Service there are four readings before the Message. On This date they were: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35,37; Romans 8:14-17 and John 14:8-27.

This is Pentecost Sunday...... Today the liturgical color is red .... The color representing ......the Holy Spirit.

"Pentecost" ... designates ... the 50th day ... after Passover.

Pentecost is a Jewish Feast Day....... Also known as the Feast of Weeks ... or the Feast of Harvest.

It was on this day, .... that the Holy Spirit ... was poured out on 120 Followers of Christ .... who were gathered in Jerusalem. (Acts 1:15)

It was on this day ... that the Church was born.

Born in a Blaze of Glory... In A Blaze... of Fire.

Where is that Blaze of Fire? ....... Where is that Blaze of Glory .... in the Church .... this day? (Pause)

It seems to me ......that The Average Christian.... And The Average Church ... is Bogged Down Somewhere Between Calvary .... and Pentecost.

They have been to Calvary for Pardon, ...... but they Have Not Been to Pentecost .... For Power. (Pause)

We have all heard business owners say, ...... "It sure is hard to find good help ...these days?"

Well for those that call themselves a follower of the Christ .... we have the ultimate Helper.......the ultimate counselor.

We have The Holy Spirit .... who resides ....in us.

Bethlehem means ......God With Us.

Calvary means ....... God For Us.

But Pentecost .... means ... God In Us.

D.L. Moody said, ... "You might as well try to hear without ears, ... or breathe without lungs, ... as try to live a Christian life ... without the Spirit of God ......in your heart." (Pause)

Many Christians today .... are much like the Ephesian believers ... spoken of in Acts.

Paul asked them (Slow) Did You Receive The Holy Spirit ......When You Believed? (Acts 19:12)

They Replied .... we did not even know...... that there was ......a Holy Spirit. (Pause)

Many do not understand the role of the Holy Spirit ... For they have not appropriated the power of the Holy Spirit .... in their lives.

Many churches today are Fat ....... Fat and Out of Breath.

They are muscle-bound ......through over-organization. (Pause)

What We Need Today .... Is The Wind ... And The Flame .... Of Pentecost.

Some have described present Christianity ......As, The Time of ... "Pentecost Substitutes

Lacking the real power .... Lacking the real fire from God ... many try to produce... their own ... fireworks.

We are living in the day of program and promotions, ... trying to duplicate ......the excitement that God, the Holy Spirit did ... on that glorious day.

These are the days of ... Pentecost Substitutes.

We whip up our own flames .... our own fire, ...... but we lack the reality ...... and the warmth ...of the real thing.

The real flame ... is the Holy Spirit ... Who lives, ... Who abides ... within each one of us. (Pause)

I appreciate what Dr. Vance Havner ... said some time ago.

The average one of us ....is so afraid of getting out on a limb ... that we never even bother ... to climb up the tree.


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Simon Melendres

commented on Apr 24, 2015

Great sermon! I am Pentecostal and was blessed by y our presentation. May God's people return to the place where Jesus can pour his Spirit upon us; all of us, Pentecostals or Anglican or Methodist...we all need His Spirit. Simon Melendres

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Apr 25, 2015

Simon Thank-you for your kind words. May we hear our Lords will and walk in it.

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