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“I Will Pour Out My Spirit Upon all Flesh”

I love this vision, written thousands of years ago: 

God declares, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh”.  

 All people… not just some. 

How radically inclusive these prophetic words from the book of Acts must have sounded, two thousand years ago, to explicitly include women, young people, and slaves in this vision. No limits to this inclusive vision! 

God continues, “All of them shall prophesy, with dreams and visions”. All of them…  

What are the dreams and visions that God is poured out upon you? What are the dreams and visions that you have yet to hear from?  

 Join us this Sunday as we share our God-inspired dreams and visions for our lives and for this faith community. 

I invite you to reflect upon these beautiful quotes: 

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century
“Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, 19th century
“A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.”

L.J. Suenens, 20th century
“I believe in the surprises of the Holy Spirit.”

Sandy Olson, Alternatives for Simple Living, 21st century
“I read a wonderful quote from the twelfth century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen that gave me pause. She described the Holy Spirit as ‘the Greening Power of God.’ Of course she did not intend that in the context that we might mean by ‘Greening’ something; that is, making it more environmentally friendly. She meant, I believe, that as plants are greened by water, sunlight, and soil, the human soul is ‘greened’ by the Holy Spirit’s presence in one’s life. Because of the Holy Spirit the human soul can ‘flower and bear good fruit.'”

 N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, 21st century
“Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God’s new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet.”

Albert Camus, 20th century
“Great ideas, it has been said, come into the world as quietly as doves. Perhaps, then, if we listen attentively, we shall hear amid the uproar of empires and nations a faint flutter of wings, a gentle stirring of life and hope.”

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