This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. It’s a particularly meaningful day because of the first Pentecost following the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Days earlier, Jesus informed his followers …

… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere … (Acts 1.8)

I’ve always loved the fact that the Greek word for “power” is dunamis, from which we get our English word dynamite. The Holy Spirit is powerful. God’s power is explosive.

In his book called “Acts,” Luke describes that first post-resurrection Pentecost this way …

Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. (Acts 2.2)

But God’s power wasn’t limited to the outpouring on the day of Pentecost. The entire book of Acts is full of stories about God’s acts through Spirit-filled people. As a spiritual leader in the twenty-first century, I long to see God’s power, God’s acts, manifested in similarly explosive, transformative ways today!

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