Peter’s Pentecost Sermon

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Acts 2:1-47, Joel 2:28-32, John 7:37-39

A few weeks ago, I followed the long, eucalyptus-scented stretch of Highway 1 to the ocean and laid a picnic blanket down at an overlook. The view offered a panorama of the rhythmic tide and seagulls sailing over the waves like paragliders. As is always the case, it was windy. Really windy. But after three hours in the car, I didn’t mind it. The constant gusts lifted my spirit along with my hair, ruining the work of a good curling iron by tossing it in every direction. I felt electrified, filled, and breathed into. Fully alive. Grabbing my journal and a pen, I tried to capture the joy of this experience with a few words: 

Pneuma is the Greek word for “Spirit” or “breath.” It’s here in these open, windy places where I feel this breath on my skin, and in my hair, that I’m most able to sense and inhabit the presence of my God.”  

On the day of Pentecost, the Jewish people staying in Jerusalem also experienced the presence of God through the movement of wind. And not just any wind—not a gust or a light breeze, but a “violent rushing wind” (Acts 2:2). Can you imagine what that must have sounded like? Or felt like? Or how it must have knocked about their belongings in that house? Of course, all this was promised in the words of the prophet Joel: “And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all people” (Acts 2:17; Joel 2:28). Yet certainly not even this prophecy could have prepared these men for the power and terror of that moment. 

What’s also interesting is how this heaven-charged wind didn’t just rush through the windows where God’s people were staying and then rush back out. It filled the people themselves. Along with tongues of fire resting on each person, it filled the house with the electrifying presence of God through the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:3–4).   

So, why do you think God used such a dramatic method for confirming that the promised Holy Spirit had arrived? When I read this story, I see power. Besides being a God who keeps His promises (v.33), He is also more powerful than a violent wind and pours out His own Spirit on us, so we can walk in it with the same kind of power and authority. 

I’m sure the Jewish men and women gathering to observe Pentecost—a feast to celebrate the first fruits of harvest—didn’t expect to witness such a moment. But the Holy Spirit moves within those who believe as “streams of living water” (John 7:38), and it is often surprising. Today, may we remember the power and authority of God within us and walk in it. 

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  1. Katie Matsumoto Moore says:

    I appreciate the physical manifestation of the Spirit in the wind and flames. What we can’t see became visible to confirm for our human eyes and senses that the Holy Spirit was there.

  2. Sabrina Wilham says:

    I love spending time with God in his care

  3. Portia Strange says:

    I imagine that these Jewish men & women were very familiar with Joel 2. Ever since they were children, they’d probably heard it recited many times in the temple, watched the priest as he recited it, even felt the excitement & longing of what was to come. To know & believe, leading up to this moment, that their experience at Pentecost would be the catalyst that God would use to begin to fulfill Joel 2 in the journey of His Church. That must’ve been an amazing feeling!

  4. jasmin silva says:

    I receive with my whole heart ❤️ ! In Jesus precious and holy name amen

  5. arly orozco says:

    We tend to fickle with out emotions perhaps he used such a strong gust of wind to eliminate doubt in some.

  6. Malika Clayton says:

    Thankful for the reminder that this same spirit is available to me today.

  7. Tracy Scott says:

    Hard to remember I have this same powerful Spirit.

  8. Holt Ferguson says:

    To think how his power, his love, his life can fill us is just AMAZING. May he fill us all in our times of need. ❤️

  9. Lauren Reino says:

    What a beautiful reminder. His Spirit will be poured out on all people. Amen! God is moving!

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  11. Stephanie Hardin says:

    The same power lives in us! Praise God!

  12. Olivia Coats says:

    “Like a mighty rushing wind…” – I can just imagine getting caught up in the presence of that, in the presence of God.

  13. Cindy Reiter says:

    To walk with this truth in us each and every day…..what a new world we could bring to this broken place we reside. May God remind us He walks step by step WITH us and provides this power!!

  14. Jenny Horsley says:

    This Spirit is available to us

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  16. Timeka Gilliam says:

    I never imagined that the wind was literal, just that it sounded like a “mighty rushing wind…” but it must have been to make such a commotion that others came out to see. Even though it was prophesied, I couldn’t imagined what it would be like to be there. Also, I had a new appreciation for the men gathered together in Jerusalem. We are not always going to be the heroes/ playing the roles of the most informed in our own stories. Sometimes we are going to be the ones who got it wrong. If this is the case, I want to be like them instead of the guys that stoned Steven. Both groups were cut to the heart. This group asked humbly what they should do now. The other group stopped their ears.

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  18. Amber Mott says:

    I have often thought of the wind in the same way. It is so filling!

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  20. Danari Hairston says:

    Such a great reminder to remember the power and authority of God that He placed within us. That changes how I feel going into my day.

  21. Katie Himel says:


  22. Lauren Reino says:

    Praise God for His Spirit!

  23. Victoria Ross says:

    I really appreciate the comparison the author made. Highlighting why the Spirit might have come using wind was enlightening. I have never read it that way before

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  25. Kristina Stone says:

    I love reading Acts.

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  32. Stephanie Strom says:

    Beautifully written

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  34. MsVizz V says:

    May God’s Spirit in me be this recognizable.

  35. Shaniqua Owens says:

    I understand and can relate to feeling insecure in my knowledge and am praying for boldness as well in those areas.

  36. Jennifer Bell says:

    I feel the same way in reference to feeling insecure in my knowledge. I’ve been praying for boldness in this area!

  37. Laura Posten says:

    On of my favorite Greek words I’ve learned in my walk with Christ is Ruach, wind breath or spirit. So I love hearing about the word Pneuma!

  38. Maria Baer says:

    This is the first time I have read Acts, so I am embracing the Scripture with fervor. As I read today’s devotional, I was struck by 1) the difference between the actual chapter and what I’ve been taught in church about Pentecost. It always sounded like it was this gentle breeze that wafted in. But it is the contrary. It was strong and powerful. Which brings me to 2) the sense of power I get from this chapter. With the Holy Spirit, God is equipping us to go forward and share His message with confidence and passion. I needed this because I want to do that but sometimes I have a lack of confidence in my knowledge. I love the clarity today’s devotional provides.

  39. Natalie Poppell says:

    Reading through this today I realized that my example Pneuma is snow falling. As it falls it is quiet, peaceful, and covers the earth with a new white blanket as far as the eye can see.

  40. Heather Crowell says:

    I think of this power when I see/experience hurricanes (living in FL we get a lot lol). It’s so amazing to see the power within the wind. And then to think of it in the context of His spirit – no wonder there’s so much power there!

  41. Amanda Cosel says:

    Lit is right! It was so good Christine Cain is a powerhouse. Period.

  42. Amanda Cosel says:

    This was such a great chapter and devotional. Using the analogy of the wind in relation to the Holy Spirit allowed me to more deeply feel and comprehend the power of Him who lives in me. We carry the power of the Holy Spirit, everyday, wherever we go. How cool is that?? May he fill you all with his joy of expectancy today and

  43. Heather Tomberlin says:

    I had the same question. I read a John Piper sermon and he explained that the last days began with the 1st coming of Jesus and will reach their climax with the 2nd coming of Jesus. So yes, we live in the last days. :)

  44. Heather Tomberlin says:

    I questioned this as well. I read a John Piper sermon and he explained that the last days began with the 1st coming of Jesus and will reach their climax with the second coming of Jesus. So yes, we live in the last days.

  45. Kasey Deschaine says:

    I had the same reaction! I’ve read over it and read aloud the supernaturalness of the Holy Spirit, but today when I was reading I was in awe at the power of our God. It gives me hope and assurance of our God in these unsure and faltering times. I was very much reminded today that He is powerful and His spirit is all moving and encompassing.

  46. Ambernique Bush-Harris says:

    Acts 2 Is definitely a great read. A great text that shows the power of God and how He makes His promises come to life. I absolutely love this chapter.

  47. Sara Shock says:

    Jumping in a couple days late…but I think I understood in a fresh way that the prophecy from Joel was being fulfilled then. The pouring out of Gods Spirit is not something we are waiting for hypothetically, or sitting to wonder if that time is now and this strange time we live it. Rather He has already poured out His Spirit and empowered us to walk in power through whatever time and circumstances we are in!

  48. Bridget Black says:

    Why does it say this is what I will do in my last days? Is that about the future now or was that about the future then – as in during acts? Bc the world didn’t end so I’m confused.

  49. Poppy Waskett says:

    Because He is at my right hand I will not be shaken. Those words of David have stood out to me today as I reflect how the spirit of the living God is literally surrounding me. The same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is the spirit that lives in me. Praise God. The Holy Spirit declares the wonders of God, may I be a vessel of the holy spirit today and declare wonders of God through the Holy Spirit working in my life. Praise Jesus for his precious blood which has purchased my salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit, as promised. What an abundantly loving Father who gives precious gifts to his children. I pray that I will have a glad and sincere heart, praising God for all He is doing and has done and will do to come!

  50. Angela Flowers says:

    Powerful reading today!

  51. Angela Lee says:

    Wow, I’ve read Acts 2 a few times but today, I listened to the scriptures over ten times throughout my day at work and while driving and walking and so much just stood out to me, it was as if I read it for the first time! So much revelation and explanation to many things I’ve wondered about in the past. Thank you Jesus for your Word is truly living and active!

  52. Adrienne says:

    I pressed the “enter” key twice… sorry, sisters!

  53. Adrienne says:

    Two things…

    1) I will never look at wind the same way again and 2) With all the craziness that surrounds us, we would do well to remember Acts 2: 25-28!

  54. Adrienne says:

    Two things…

  55. Sara F says:

    If you don’t usually listen to the podcast, this is the week to start! I listened to the bulk of it driving today, and it pumped me up for today’s reading! I’m so glad. Today’s passage was lit (pun intended because tongues of flames). I was so excited about the extra on the next pages to learn more about Pentecost and why all the people were there. What an insanely awesome experience that had to have been!!

  56. Lynda Pontious says:

    I am fascinated by the history of Acts and brings the OT into the NT as proof of God fulfilling His promises. Brings Jews and Gentiles together.

  57. Mimi says:

    Kristen praying for your dad. It’s sad to think of him carrying his wounds from the Vietnam War all of these years. I read somewhere recently that a prisoner commented that Moses, David and Paul were all murderers and yet they were chosen by God. So it gave him hope. I know your dad’s situation is different but it might give him another perspective.

  58. Sky Hilton says:

    So, from this bible study tonight, we learn that not only is Jesus at our right hand, but we know that whoever calls on Him and believes Him shall be saved. But the most important thing is to repent. Peter says something about saving ourselves from “this untoward generation.” and I think we all need to save ourselves from the toxic revenge mentality, that toxic “eye for an eye” mentality our generation has, and go to God to not let ourselves be affected by it. The Holy Spirit’s power is shown throughout these verses, and I pray that the Holy spirit would speak through all of us, so we could spread God’s powerful scriptures.

  59. Terany Garnett says:

    It’s crazy to think that everything created worships God. God multitude is so vast that even the winds worship Him, because He created it good to His standards. It’s so crazy to think that God reveal Himself and allows us to personally know Him through His words and actions on Earth.

  60. Traci Gendron says:

    KRISTEN – It breaks my heart to hear what your father is going through. I will be praying.

    May we remember the power and authority of God within us and walk in it! I’m excited to listen to the podcast tonight.

  61. Traci Gendron says:

    Yes Maura, I can meet on the 16th. 10:30 is perfect. I thought Harbinger on Harmony might be easy for you if your coming up I-25.

  62. Claire says:

    Kristen, prayers for you and your dad. What agony it must be to think his thoughts and having to be alone. I pray for more time for you and others to bring Jesus to him.

  63. Amy Bishop says:

    Praying for healing, both spiritual and physical.

  64. Amy Bishop says:

    I also love how Peter started with what the people already knew about Jesus. Sometimes, when we are telling others about this Mighty Savior, we forget to find out what they already know about Him first.
    For so many people, God does not appear to be the loving, generous God that we know Him to be, so we have to meet them where they are at.

  65. Amy Bishop says:

    I love the picture that God gives for pouring out His Spirit at Pentecost.
    In the OT Israel received the law at Pentecost and then to come full circle in the NT the church receives the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

  66. Jennifer Anapol says:

    As I was reading the devotion for today, I kept desiring God to move in such a eye opening way in my life. While it is perfectly fine to desire that, God reminded me that he also works in the ordinary and mundane moments of our lives. I pray I could see him all the moments of my life.

  67. Sarah B says:

    I would like to share an excerpt from an article in the SRT Bible that resonated with me among the podcast, the ladies’ in this group, and the podcast:
    – Each and EVERY day, they remembered Jesus [through devotion, communion, fellowship, and prayer], and it changed the way they lived.
    – Taking communion reminds us of the new covenant God established through Jesus. We remember that God keeps His promises, that He’s granted us life and redemption through Jesus. We remember that through faith alone we are saved, all because of what Christ has done (Eph 2:8). Let us be faithful to remember His sacrifice, to model the generosity of the early Church, and to praise God’s together with joyful and humble hearts.

  68. Sarah B says:

    I would like to share an excerpt from an article in the SRT Bible that resonated with me among the podcast, the ladies’ in this group, and the podcasts:
    – Each and EVERY day, they remembered Jesus [through devotion, communion, fellowship, and prayer], and it changed the way they lived.

  69. Sarah B says:

    I would like to share an excerpt from an article in the SRT Bible that resonated with me among the podcast, the ladies’ in this group, and the podcasts:

  70. Danielle Merriweather says:

    Love this!

  71. Erica Chiarelli says:

    When I read “mighty rushing wind” or as Bailey put it “violent rushing wind”, all I could see & sense was the excitement of the Godhead….they could not wait for this moment, promised by God, brought because of Jesus and completed by the Holy Spirit. They had waited since Adam and Eve and the Fall for the time they could be with and dwell within us, their beloved children! Their love so great that they mightily descended upon their disciples and would never have to leave us again! Hallelujah!!!!! What love!!!!

  72. Taylor Barkes says:


  73. ceegee says:

    KRISTEN – My heart goes out to you over your dad’s stance on going to heaven. If you can snag a copy of this book, it may bless his heart. The quote is from the Amazon description under the book title. Clebe is a powerful man of God and has encouraged men around the country for years.
    Patrick Cleburne “Clebe” McClary was raised on a 10,000 acre plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. Young Clebe grew up hunting, fishing and excelling at sports. After fulfilling his dream of becoming a college coach, Clebe had plans to marry a beautiful Southern belle. Life was very good. But only weeks before the wedding (March 26, 1967), Clebe witnessed a startling event on a college campus that changed the course of his life forever – the burning of an American flag by students protesting the Vietnam conflict. Dismayed by the lack of support for the country he loved, Clebe resigned from his coaching position and volunteered for duty in the Marine Corps. Completing Officers Training School in Quantico, Virginia, First Lt. McClary said goodbye to his bride and became platoon leader of the 1st Recon Battalion in Vietnam. On his 19th recon patrol, deep in hostile territory, Clebe and his unit engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. Suffering devastating injuries, which included the loss of his left arm and left eye, Clebe continued to lead his men. Clebe’s valiant battle with the pain and disabilities that followed is nothing short of amazing. He spent over two years in military hospitals, undergoing over 30 major surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy. Since then Clebe has used his powerful story of courage, determination and strength to motivate audiences the world over.” – Amazon
    You can grab a copy for less than $20!

  74. Margaret W says:

    I love the fact that the Spirit was poured out on sons AND daughters—something new and unexpected in that time, and sometimes, even in ours. We stand before Him on equal footing with our brothers in the faith.

  75. Katie Rios says:


  76. Katie Rios says:

    Oh man there was SO MUCH here! I got really stuck (in the best way) on verse 26, pulling from Psalm 16. The phrase “my flesh also will dwell in hope” — dwell comes from the Greek Kataskenoo, which is roughly translated like pitching a tent or remaining. What a beautiful word picture to start the day with — that I might camp out and dwell in hope when things look bleak!

    1. Erica Chiarelli says:

      Beautiful! Amen!!

  77. Rhonda J. says:

    Wow, I’m so fired up with this week’s episode on the podcast! That was SO good! It adds so much to our readings!

    Welcome to all the new peeps! You started with a great book of the bible with Acts. You will glean so much from the comments and from so many women of wisdom! (I am missing Heidi!) Also, it is a safe place to lay it out there, whatever it is- a hurt, a prayer request, your confusion, or questions. Take time out for the podcast and/or order the study book! I have never ordered the study guide, but I plan on ordering the advent guide for this Christmas season!

    Have a great day! Thank you for your prayers Kelly! You are so sweet and have so much insight! TINA- Hope you will be back with your comments soon. And always missing Churchmouse! Every single comment from ALL our insightful and valuable! So happy to see such a huge number in this study!! Keep sharing with your friends and let’s multiply this number just like GOD did in Acts!! All Glory to GOD! Amazing that we are given the HOLY SPIRIT to be in us daily!!

  78. Dorothy says:

    Did anyone else notice that Peter kept saying, in his speech, “this Jesus”? It wasn’t my Jesus or even just Jesus it was “this Jesus”, I wonder if there’s a significance in that?
    Bailey’s devotion was great and WOW!! brought home a couple of good messages I had to copy down:
    1.) Besides being a God who keeps His promises (v.33), He is also more powerful than a violent wind and pours out His own Spirit on us, so we can walk in it with the same kind of power and authority.
    2.) But the Holy Spirit moves within those who believe as “streams of living water” (John 7:38), and it is often surprising. Today, may we remember the power and authority of God within us and walk in it.
    As I was reading the scripture and devotion it was as if I was filled again — revitalized — with the Holy Spirit.
    Be blessed and filled with the Holy Spirit today sisters.

  79. Lexi B says:

    “Remember the power and authority of God within us and walk in it.”
    I love this and need to remember this daily. So often I forget who I am in Christ.

    Shannon- praying for your friends grandma, that she heals well. Praying peace for her family during this time.
    Kristen- praying for your dad, that his heart opens to salvation and that he has an understanding that no matter what he does, Jesus still loves him anyway. None can fall too far for Jesus. I pray that his body heals well and that he has nurses and physicians that show him love and grace.

  80. Victoria E says:

    Shannon- praying for your friend’s grandmother. Kristen- I am so sorry your father is ill and feels this condemnation. I will pray that he knows that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1) and that no one is disqualified. I love what some have pointed out- that even the disciples who walked with Jesus doubted him and Peter himself who denied Jesus 3 times went on to give the sermon we read today and found the entire Church. I pray also that your father will hear the Holy Spirit in a language he can understand- to me this passage today shows us that no matter what language we speak (and I don’t just mean actual language but how we understand things best) that the Holy Spirit speaks to us on that way ! Each one hears his own language being spoken. Let us all hear the Holy Spirit in own language, whether it be inspired words from another person, God’s revelation of Himself in nature, or supernatural impressions on our heart.

  81. Sam says:

    Praying for all you! Praying for healing for sick family members. For answers. For the doctors and nurses and staff treating your family to be filled with love and knowledge and grace.

  82. Gloria says:

    Welcome to the SRT group, Lyndsay! Glad you’re here.

    Lord, please surround Kristen’s dad with your love. Please bring a nurse or aid to him that speaks words of Life to him. Reach into the deepest darkest part of his heart and show him You were there with him during those times too in the Vietnam war. Please show him the depths of your grace; may he absorb it all and stand or lie in bed in awe and wonder of You. May his pain from covid and cancer and whatever else be wiped from his thoughts as Your joy rushes in. May the nurses, aids, doctors, patience and visitors be full of awe at You because of kristen’s dad’s transformation. May they seek You out for themselves, thirsting to drink of Your goodness, Lord! I also ask for Kristen’s dad’s healing; both from covid and from cancer. May there be hugs a plenty this side of heaven. May kristen’s dad have the courage to always share God’s abundant grace with all he meets. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.

  83. Mari V says:

    By the power of the Holy Spirit and only by His Power can I do what I do today. All the glory goes to My God, My Jesus. I am nothing without Him!

  84. Heather Stalnaker says:

    Sydney, I thought the same thing! What a beautiful picture of restoration that is promised to all of us when we fall, because we will fall…and he will lift us up out of the muck and more and set our feet on solid rock once again. ❤️

  85. Foster Mama says:

    ANGIE, I also feel like “something’s up” but it was coming as intermittent tightening in my gut yesterday… Praying that if God is preparing me for something, I will hear and obey.(Beautiful word picture this morning of you in your best.)

    Yes, ARINA and
    KATHY: “Every day I carry with me the same Spirit that came as a “violent, rushing wind” and “tongues like flames of fire”, but I don’t walk in that power and authority. Lord, HELP ME TO REMEMBER AND WALK in your power and authority.” !”

    Oh KRISTEN, I am REALLY feeling you… I’m praying for Dad and for you; it can be such a crippling feeling!
    May God show Dad His overflowing grace! May He give you wisdom of how/when to speak or just listen. Other than the biblical story of thief on cross (thank you Jesus!) there are MANY, MANY true stories of people who were not young men DRAFTED to fight and obey their superiors but, CHOSE a life of hurting other who became REDEEMED heroes of the faith (e.g. the desert father Moses the Strong / the Ethiopian / the Robber). I don’t like playing the comparison game but, these stories often help lift my hope to remember MY God who wants ME by His side in Heaven despite my sin.

    Praying, SHANNON LOWRY!

    Haha, MICHELLE PATIRE — our sweet Father welcomes our big prayers and little ones, glory be to His Name — praying for a more responsive keyboard for you :D

    SEARCHING, Good morning to you!!
    It’s my turn to go back to read the remaining requests from yesterday and today. Thanks for always praying ❤️

  86. Kathy A says:

    Praying for your dad Kristen May the God of all comfort meet him there, and comfort you and your family. Praying for healing and comfort as well for your friend’s grandma Shannon ❤️. Yes! Welcome to everyone who is new. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this community, the devotional and the beautifully, thoughtfully put together books. I know I have heard about Peter’s sermon, but have I ever actually read all of his words? So much hope as he steps up into his calling, and I love reading about the early church and how they are living and sharing life together. I have to admit I’ve heard that Jesus offers living water for all, but never connected the verse together with the Holy spirit. Sounds so silly, but I am so grateful for these pieces of scripture fitting together for me.

  87. Annika Skogg says:

    Agree! Their devotion to each other stuck out to me. May we be devoted to our brothers and sisters in Christ just as they were.

  88. Terri says:

    What Bailey said in devotional is so true! What the Holy Spirit does through us is sometimes surprising. “Remember the power and authority of God and walk in it”. Be open to it. Expect it.
    Ph 2:13. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do His good pleasure.
    He wants to do miracles through you. You have to step up and let Him knowing that He will do it through you. It is not you doing it in your strength. If you have the faith of a mustard seed.

  89. Maura says:

    Toni Olson, praying His peace over you. And that you can release the heaviness, the anxiety into His hands. I have dealt with anxiety and recently heard in a sermon that anxiety is the baby of imagination and fear. God our creator gave us our imagination and created out of His. Somehow this definition helped me as I know anxiety has a lot of ways it attacks us, I do know He has and can take it from you. Praying. Shannon Lowry praying for your friends Grandma. For Jesus touch and the bleeding to stop. Kristin praying for your Dad that God would reveal that His love Jesus death and resurrection is big enough to save us all. May God take away your Dad’s doubt. He is able to do more than we ask. Tell your Dad He is loved beyond his imagination, there are no limits to forgiveness for our God. Hugs Sisters, love that Jesus who had the Holy Spirit descend on Him was able to give us the Helper. What a gift. Our God is so incredible. Angie thank you for your words I could picture your moments this morning. Traci, I am not sure if you got my message, but could we meet on the 16th, maybe 10:30 am? I think maybe I missed a response. Hugs All. His Love Sisters knows no bounds.

  90. Jill Lee says:

    Oh how we need a Your Spirit within us today, Lord! Flow in us and through, and lead us through this day. Amen!

  91. Lindsay says:

    Hello, SRT! I’m new here and just wanted to say hello! I’ve been cycling through the Bible chronologically with another study since 2012, but recently decided I’d like to try something new. I was so excited to dig into the Word after hearing the first episode of the podcast with Christine!

    What stands out most to me this morning are the words of David, especially verse 28 “You have revealed the paths of life to me; you will fill me with gladness in your presence.” I also love Acts 2:45-47 where all the new believers sold their possessions and shared all they had amongst each other while they were praising God and enjoying the favor of all people. I want to live this way!

    Thankful for this space where we can share our thoughts and lift each other in prayer. I’m really looking forward to being part of this SRT community.

    1. Amy Bishop says:

      Lindsay, it is wonderful to want to share everything with like minded people, but just remember that they did this out of necessity and desperation as well as love. There were over 3000 people (and more being added daily) all packed into one place. Most of these people would have been pilgrims from other places just coming for Pentecost. This communal property idea was voluntary and very temporary.

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  93. Ruth Long says:

    Amazing stuff. I can’t wait to experience something like that.

  94. Michelle Patire says:

    Here and there**
    In SRT community**

    My tablet keyboard is not the best!! Praying for a new laptop in time!

  95. Michelle Patire says:

    I purchased my first SRT study book but I’ve been on this website for over a year now :) thanks Searching for acknowledging newbies! I have commented here as there. I’m excited to be more active I SRT community when time allows.

    Kristen, my heart is a breaking for your father. I am praying God reveals to him the true gospel in a way he can understand — that God qualifies- that God saves – not his own merit. I pray God comforts you and your family during this time.

    Thank you Lord for your Word and the reminder that You are faithful to Your promises- to the Jews, to David, to Joel, and to us.
    You are faithful.

  96. Maria Belen says:

    Praying for your dad and complete healing and restoration.

  97. Brooke P says:

    36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 37 When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Brothers, what should we do? ” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:36-38 || the people’s direct response to hearing their sins directly & certainly crucified Christ our Lord & Messiah was to ask what they should do. That answer is to Repent & Be BAPTIZED for the forgiveness of your sins & to RECEIVE the Holy Spirit. Oh this is beautiful. Peter, the Rock on which Jesus promised to build His church is out here proclaiming how to be made new & saved from our sins & the joining with Christ. (more from Peter in 1 Peter 3:18-21) Praise God for his calling of each and every one of us and his extension to all who are far off! We will be united with him on that great & glorious day! Praying for you all sisters. Welcome to this community if you’re new here-stick with it, the journey is beautiful!

  98. Kerry Arsement says:

    I loved the visual on pages 30-31!! Wow people from all over were witnesses to the Holy Spirit!!

  99. Emily LouAllen says:

    Praying for your dad Kristen! I pray that God will speak to him and work in him during this time in the hospital and turn his heart toward Him!

  100. Emily LouAllen says:

    Praying for your dad Kristen! May
    God speak to him and work in him during this time and turn his heart toward Him!

  101. Karen S says:

    Kristen, praying for your dad and you during this difficult time.

  102. Sydney S says:

    I was thinking about the redemptive arc for Peter. To be able to stand in front of a temple full of Jews, some naysayers claiming they were drunk, and proclaim the gospel is pretty powerful coming from the man who denied Christ three times. It gives me hope. Every page of the book seems to have an example of how none of us can fall “too far” from God’s grace. He will always extend a hand of loving mercy.

  103. Mari V says:

    KRISTEN, I woke up earlier than normal because I have a headache. And came here to read comments. As someone who loved her daddy so much, going to be praying for your daddy and that he would be open to the plan of salvation and that he would know that Jesus loves him very much and that he would accept Jesus’s free plan of salvation. And praying for his physical healing.

  104. Monica Bates says:

    Really good to remember that we have living water flowing from our believing hearts!

  105. Lisa Barron says:

    I listened to the SRT podcast yesterday with Christine Caine. Y’all. It. Was. Amazing. She will be on it next week too. Take time to listen. It will get you fired up!

  106. Aimee D-R says:

    Holy Spirit work through me today and always! Amen

  107. Melanie says:

    Praying for all the request of SRT today. Kristen-praying for your father to experience The Father.

  108. Taylor says:

    The same power that rose Jesus from the dead and fell on these people is the SAME power that lives in each one of us! May we all walk in the power that the Holy Spirit equips us with. Joel 2:32 “And EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…” Hallelujah and amen <3

  109. Emma King says:

    Loved the example and reminder of community. “Now all believers were together and held all things in common”

  110. Emma King says:

    I loved this too! “Now all believers were together and held all things in common” – such a great examples (and reminder) that we are to do this life together, as Christians. This type of community was radical then and it is radical now!

  111. Jessica Fehland says:

    Prayers for her! ❤️

  112. AG says:

    God is all powerful, truthful, and has love for us ALL. thank you Lord.

  113. Kristine Loughman says:

    What jumped out to me was the very end, where the new followers of The Way gathered at the temple daily and broke bread together. The community aspect of this origin story are so beautiful. I wonder what the other Jews at the temple thought of them, these Jews and Gentiles all hanging out together.

  114. Angie says:

    We have a little nest like balcony outside our bedroom. It is small. Hardly big enough for a tiny table and 2 chairs. Darkness surrounds me, except for the little string bulbs I have lit. It is a cool morning, the air is damp. I can hear and see the traffic as it goes by. I am resting in the peace of my Savior as I sit with my homemade latte and oatmeal ball. I sense God’s guidance in my life, it feels like something is up. I am trying to lay down my self, that so easily creeps in and listen intently. It has been a heavy fall.

    As I drag my laptop out to the nest to read the scripture, I am encouraged by so much life in our reading today. While God’s Word is alive, healing, heartening, vibrant, these verses spoke to my heart and soul deeply this morning:
    “I saw the Lord ever before me; because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
    26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices. Moreover, my flesh will rest in hope, 27 because you will not abandon me in Hades or allow your holy one to see decay.
    28 You have revealed the paths of life to me; you will fill me with gladness in your presence.”
    May I declare with David that because the Lord is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. May my heart be glad and tongue rejoice in the confidence of my God. May the gladness of His presence in my life be my song this day. I praise You Holy Father God, Jesus the Son and Savior, and powerful Holy Spirit. Thank you for blowing me away with yourself. Amen and Selah.

  115. Kathy says:

    “Remember the power and authority of God within us and walk in it.”
    Every day I carry with me the same Spirit that came as a “violent, rushing wind” and “tongues like flames of fire”, but I don’t walk in that power and authority. Lord, help me to remember and walk in your power and authority.

  116. Kelly says:

    Kristen – praying for your dad. May his heart be open to God’s love and acceptance

  117. Kelly says:

    I’m sure you gals may think I have a one-track mind but…Peter asked those gathered to REMEMBER God’s words and promises and invited them to RETURN to God through repentance and placing their trust in the completed work of Jesus❣ Those 3000 who returned to God were given the new heart of flesh that God had promised and BONUS the gift of His Spirit to empower them to obey and love others.
    The Church was born, and we are the fruit of that glorious day.

    SHANNON LOWRY – praying, plz keep us posted.

    TAYLOR – happy for you! Praying you have wisdom and clear descernment.

    ELAINE MORGAN – may God grant you and Stacy and David His peace that passes all understanding in this season.

  118. Mary Ann Graves says:

    Praying for healing.

  119. Kristen says:

    May I also ask for prayers? My dad is in the hospital with Covid, pneumonia, and has a low grade form of cancer they are watching. Of course, we aren’t allowed to see him. He was crying on the phone. He’s scared. I’ve tried to talk to him about salvation before. One day at his house, he said that he probably won’t go to Heaven. He thinks that he is disqualified because he fought in the Vietnam war. It’s heartbreaking to think of him alone and afraid. Please pray for his healing and salvation if you all wouldn’t mind. Thank you so much. @Shannon praying for your friend’s grandma and family.

  120. SEARCHING says:

    Welcome to all the new SRT sisters and to those who are new commenters! Someone mentioned yesterday that they missed later comments when they studied early. Early works best for me and I start out by reading through the comments/insights from the previous day, praying as I do so.

    GRAMSIESUE – praying you are well and that your husband has recovered.

    SHANNON LOWRY – praying!

    Praying for healing for each of yesterday’s prayer requests.

  121. Arina says:

    “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” The Spirit was be poured out for all people. Sons and daughters, old men an young men, servants and masters, from everywhere over the world. They all heared them declare the magnificent acts of God in their own tongues. Nobody is excluded. The Spirit is there for you and me. No exceptions. God’s power and authority is working within us all.

  122. Dana says:

    Praying for your friend’s family Shannon ❤️

  123. Lisa Holland says:

    Prayers for your friend’s grandma and their family.

  124. Shannon Lowry says:

    Could i ask you sisters to pray for my friends grandma who fell and hit her head and is bleeding internally please? Her family is hurting and i pray God brings a speedy recovery and comfort to the family. Thank you sisters ❤️