Everyday Holy Spirit

Adam Navis

READ : Acts 2:14-21 . . . blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. (v. 19) This morning I went to a coffee shop and ordered a coffee and a bagel with cream cheese. I sat down among a crowd of people who were doing likewise, eating and drinking, reading the newspaper, sharing stories about their lives. The description of life that Peter recites in his Pentecost sermon, taken from the prophet Joel, seems distant from my daily routine of …

Too Early for Drinking

Adam Navis

READ : Acts 2:5-13 “They are filled with new wine.” (v. 13) We tend to be skeptical of people. We’ve seen too many corrupt politicians, dishonest church leaders, shady businessmen. When someone comes up with a new idea or plan, it is natural for us to suspect their motives. We think to ourselves, “They are only suggesting this for their own gain.” Or, “They are just trying to make themselves look good.” When the followers of Jesus, newly filled with …

A Mighty Wind

Adam Navis

READ : Acts 2:1-4 . . . a sound like a blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house.” (v. 2 NIV) The wind in a hurricane can reach speeds of over 150 miles per hour. A tornado’s funnel can rip through the countryside whirling at 300 miles per hour. Damage can flip cars, topple trees, and reduces homes to nothing but a pile of bricks. Survivors survey the remains of houses and buildings with …