Pentecost

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The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.[b] 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    and your young men shall see visions,
    and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants[c] and female servants
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood,
    before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

(ESV)

Have a blessed Pentecost Sunday

The Lutheran Charismatic Renewal (soundshoremedia)

Below is a link to a very good blog article. If you’re Lutheran/Charismatic/Pentecostal it is well worth the read, to learn about the history of and how the second wave of Charismatic-ism was effective on Lutheran congregants. It is beautifully written, any lay person should be able to read it.

The Meaning of a Movement: the Lutheran Charismatic Renewal

Respect, Preparation and Grace

Since I’m catching up to upload over a week of art peices for my Advent challenge, I will be doing block posts, having a few days in one.

December 12th.

(I’m slowly catching up on uploading my advent peices.)
The readings were: Isaiah 12:2-6, Amos 9:8-15, Luke 1:57-66

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I wanted to more literature again, so from thee texts I created a hymn.
The style of verse I chose was 8.6.8.6. With an abcb rhyme.
Verse 1 is a response to the reading Luke 1:57-66, verse 2 is Isaiah 12:2-6 and verse 3 is in response to Amos 9:8-15

December 13th
The Third Sunday of Advent

Readings were: Zephaniah 3:15-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18
A big uniting theme between these texts is preparing for God, which from this I focussed on the coming of Christ. Suitable for both old and new covenants.

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Again I chose literature  for this peice. The poetry is in the form of a haiku (5, 7, 5). The title comes straight from Phil 4:5. Photography is mine.

December 14th

Readings are! Isaiah 11:1-9, Numbers 16:1-19, Hebrews 13:7-17

Much respect an honoring your spiritual leaders is taught in today’s readings. To put your preists’ wishes before your own greed and “remember those spoke to you the word of God… imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13).

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However the art comes from the next part of the passage in Numbers 16, from v.25-35 because this shows what happened to those who disobeyed and wanted to rebel and take from Moses and the other current congregation leaders.

Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins.” 27 So they got away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the door of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little ones. 28 And Moses said, “Hereby you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, and that it has not been of my own accord. 29 If these men die as all men die, or if they are visited by the fate of all mankind, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 But if the Lord creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the Lord.”

31 And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart. 32 And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods. 33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. 34 And all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up!” 35 And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.”

If we act in hate and want to move away from our leaders who are in good faith, we will receive punishment.

Watercolour, A3, 2015

Restoration

December 2nd
Today’s readings were Psalm 90, Isaiah 11:29-31 & Luke 11:29-32.

For me today was hard in finding links between all three texts. I kept wracking my brain but it was difficult to find a relation between the OT and the passage from Luke. With help from my friend we managed to work out a theme across all texts, which is restoration through wisdom in God.

In the passage of Luke we find Jesus talking about history and how the people wished to listen to Solmon, because of his wisdom, but He then teaches us that the Son of Man (Him) has come, is present and His wisdom is far greater than those of the previous prophet (Luke 11:31).
1 Corinthians 1 (v24) shows us that Christ is the power of God and also the wisdom of God. Power and wisdom are not separated.
Linking back to Psalm 90 there is the passage “Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (11-12)
And “Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us” (15).
These verses are a cry in appreciation for God and His gifts, particularly wisdom and the humility which we receive by facing God and His law. This second part is what leads us into the Isaiah reading on restoration.
The city in this passage a once godly city has turned away from God and His righteousness, so when God says in v25-26 “I will turn My hand against you,
And thoroughly purge away your dross,
And take away all your alloy.
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I will restore your judges as at the first,
And your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.” He is saying that all their distractions and sinful associations must be cut off to restore the city back to righteousness. This too seemlessly works with Psalm 90:3 “You [God] turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.””

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So after finally figuring out this theme, I had to find a visual suitable. That too was difficult but I just decided to use the final verse of Isaiah 31 as inspiration:
“The strong shall be as tinder,
And the work of it as a spark;
Both will burn together,
And no one shall quench them.”

I found a verse from another Psalm also suitable for this, which I included in the artwork.

Vectors made in CorelDRAW
Layers and text done in Photoshop
2015