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Pentecost at the Livingroom 04

3 June, 2004 12:30 AM

This week at Living Room we had a really great night again. Being Pentecost we had a great discussion on the Holy Spirit, focusing mainly upon the five Paraclete Sayings of Jesus in John 14-16.

One of the things that struck me about these sayings is the active nature of the Holy Spirit - in all of them the Spirit is anything but passive which is a little different to the messages about the Holy Spirit that I heard growing up which were largely focussing upon a peaceful and somewhat stagnant and ghost like presence.

We finished the night off by passing a bottle of oil around the group and one by one anointing each other with it as a tangible symbol of the Spirit at work in and through each of us. It was a nice way to finish the night.



i find its so easy to let my 'practical' beliefs about the holy spirit - that is, how i act like i believe - gradually slide into the idea that he is quite passive. ie, i generally don't expect him to do anything until i'm in trouble. like the nation of israel in psalm 78, over and over i forget all of god's mighty works and just let myself forget his promises and action in the world... remembering is indeed a most important discipline...

michael » 3 June, 2004 4:32 AM

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