MESSAGE  FOR  THE  FEAST  OF  PENTECOST  2018——


IT  IS  THE  DAY  OR  FEAST  OF  PENTECOST— COUNT  50  IT  MEANS.


BUT  IT  IS  ALSO  KNOWN  AS  THE  FEAST  OF  FIRST-FRUITS  IN  THE  OLD  TESTAMENT.


JESUS  WAS  THE  FIRST  OF  THE  FIRST-FRUITS  AS  SHOWN  IN  1  CORINTHIANS  15,  THE  SO-CALLED  “RESURRECTION  CHAPTER.”


NOW  THE  SADDUCEES  HAD  IT  CORRECT;  THEY  CUT  THE  FIRST  OF  THE  FIRST-FRUITS [ACTUALLY  THE  BARLEY  HAVEST],  AFTER  SUNDOWN,  OR  IN  THE  EVENING  AFTER  THE  WEEKLY  SABBATH,  DURING  THE  FEAST  OF  UNLEAVENED  BREAD.


THIS  FIRST  FRUITS  WAS  THEN  PRESENTED  IN  THE  TEMPLE  ON  THE  FIRST  DAY  OF  THE  WEEK— SUNDAY!  JUST  AS  ON  THAT  MORNING  JESUS  WENT  TO  THE  FATHER,  AS  HE  TOLD  ONE  OF  THE  LADIES  BEFORE  HIM.


THE  TRUTH  OF  THE  MATTER  IS  THAT  JESUS  WAS  NOT  PLACED  IN  THE  TOMB  UNTIL,  [THAT  YEAR  30  A.D.] THE  HIGH  DAY  SABBATH  HAD  BEGUN;  IT  WAS  IN  THE  “EVENING”  OF  THE  DAY  OF  JESUS’  DEATH,  OR  AFTER  THE  PASSOVER  DAY  OF  THE  14TH  HAD  ENDED,  AND  THE  BEGINNING  OF  THE  15TH  DAY  SABBATH  HAD  STARTED,  THAT  CHRIST  WAS  PLACED  IN  THE  TOMB.  ALL  THIS  IS  FULLY  EXPOUNDED  IN  OTHER  STUDIES  OF  THIS  TOPIC,  UNDER  THIS  SECTION  OF  MY  WEBSITE.


IN  THE  YEAR  30  A.D.  [YES  IT  WAS  30  A.D. NOT  31  A.D.  AS  PROVEN  BY  A  STUDY  ON  THIS  SITE]  JESUS  WAS  PLACED  IN  THE  TOMB  ON  A  WEDNESDAY  EVENING.


JESUS  WAS  THEN  3  DAYS  AND  3  NIGHT  LATER,  72  HOURS,  RAISED  ON  WHAT  WE  CALL  SATURDAY  EVENING  AFTER  SUNSET.


THIS  WAS  THE  TIME  THE  SADDUCEES  CUT  THE  WAVE-SHEAF,  THE  FIRIST  OF  THE  FIRST-FRUITS.


AS  SHOCKING  AS  IT  MAY   SOUND  TO  7TH  DAY  SABBATH  KEEPERS,  JESUS  RESTED  IN  THE  TOMB  ON  THE  WEEKLY  SABBATH  DAY  DURING  THE  FEAST  OF  UN-LEAVENED  BREAD.


AS  SHOCKING  AS  IT  MAY  SOUND  TO  7TH  DAY  SABBATH  KEEPERS,  JESUS  WAS  RAISED  ON  THE  FIRST  DAY  OF  THE  WEEK,  SUNDAY  AS  COUNTING  DAYS  FROM  SUNSET  TO  SUNSET.  HE  WAS  RAISED  SATURDAY  EVENING,  NOT  SUNDAY  MORNING.  BUT  YES  IT  WAS  A  FIRST  DAY  RESURRECTION—— AS  FIRST  OF  THE  FIRST-FRUITS;  THE  OTHER  FIRST-FRUITS— CHRISTIANS  FROM  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT,  AS  WELL  AS  GOD’S  CHILDREN  FROM  THE  OLD  TESTAMENT,  ARE  THE  FIRST-FRUITS  IN  THE  FIRST  RESURRECTION;  HENCE  THE  FIRST-FRUITS  FEAST   IS  ALWAYS  ON  A  SUNDAY  OR  FIRST  DAY  OF  THE  WEEK——  ALL  TYPOLOGY  FITS  LIKE  HAND  AND  GLOVE.


ALL  THIS  ALSO  EXPLAINS  WHY  BY  THE  END  OF  THE  FIRST  CENTURY  A.D.  SOME  HAD  STARTED  TO  HOLD  WORSHIP  SERVICES  ON  SUNDAY  AND  PUTTING  AWAY  THE  7TH  DAY  SABBATH—— AS  THEY  CLAIMED,  THEY  WERE  REMEMBERING  AND  COMMEMORATING  THE  RESURRECTION  OF  THE  CHRIST.


PENTECOST  IS  ALSO  THE  DAY  OF  THE  COMING  OF  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT  IN  GRERAT  POWER—— ACTS  2.


THE  HOLY  SPIRIT  HAS  FRUITS  -  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT  MANIFESTS  ITSELF  IN  SOME  VERY  BASIC  WAYS,  WE  CAN  CALL,  “CHRISTIAN  ATTRIBUTES.”


THE  APOSTLE  PAUL  TOLD  US  ABOUT  THOSE  BASIC  CHRISTIAN  FRUITS  IN  GALATIANS  5: 22, 23.


THE  FIRST  IS  LOVE.


LOVE  AS  EXPOUNDED  IN  THE  BIBLE  IS  A HUGE  TOPIC—— MANY  SERMONS  CAN  BE  BROUGHT  ON  THIS  SUBJECT  OF  LOVE.


THIS  WILL  BE  ONLY  A  SMALL  PART  OF  THAT  TOPIC.


WHAT  SOME  HAVE  WRITTEN  ON  LOVE


To "Let Go" Takes Love


To "let go" does not mean to stop caring, it means that I can't do it for someone else.

To "let go" is not to cut myself off, it is the realization that I can't control another.

To "let go" is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.

To "let go" is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.

To "let go" is not to try to change or blame another, it is to make the most of myself.

To "let go" is not to care for, but to care about.

To "let go" is not to fix, but to be supportive.

To "let go" is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being.

To "let go" is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to effect their own destinies.

To "let go" is not to be protective, it is to permit another to face reality.

To "let go" is not to deny, but to accept.

To "let go" is not to nag, scold, or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.

To "let go" is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.

To "let go" is not to criticize and regulate anybody, but to try to become what I dream I can be.

To "let go" is not to regret the past, but to grow and to live for the future.

To "let go" is to fear less and to love more.


—Margaret J. Rinck, Can Christians Love Too Much?

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If


IF I belittle those whom I am called to serve, talk of their weak points in contrast perhaps with what I think of as my strong points; 

If I adopt a superior attitude, forgetting "Who made thee to differ? and what hast thou that thou has not received?" then I know nothing of Calvary love.

IF I take offense easily, if I am content to continue in a cool unfriendliness, though friendship be possible, then I know nothing of Calvary love.


IF I feel bitterly towards those who condemn me, as it seems to me, unjustly, forgetting that if they knew me as I know myself they would condemn me much more, then I know nothing of Calvary love.


—Amy Carmichael, If

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We must keep reaching out to people ... After all, that is what love is all about.


Love has a hem to her garment

That trails in the very dust;

It can reach the stains of the streets and the lanes...

And because it can, it must.


—G. Frederick Owen, Abraham to the Middle East Crisis

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One evening just before the great Broadway musical star, Mary Martin, was to go on stage in South Pacific, a note was handed to her. It was from Oscar Hammerstein, who at that moment was on his deathbed. The short note simply said:

"Dear Mary, A bell's not a bell till you ring it. A song's not a song till you sing it. Love in your heart is not put there to stay. Love isn't love till you give it away."


—James Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited

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There is love whose measure is that of an umbrella. There is love whose inclusiveness is that of a great marquee. And there is love whose comprehension is that of the immeasurable sky. The aim of the New Testament is the conversion of the umbrella into a tent and the merging of the tent into the glorious canopy of the all-enfolding heavens... Push back the walls of family love until they include the neighbor; again push back the walls until they include the stranger; again push back the walls until they comprehend the foe.


—John Henry Jowett, The Epistles of St. Peter

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L—listening when another is speaking,

0—overlooking petty faults and forgiving all failures;

V—valuing other people for who they are;

E—expressing love in a practical way.


—Denis Waitley, Seeds of Greatness

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Stay fervent in love. Fervent is a word that speaks of intensity and determination. It is an athletic term for stretching to reach the tape. Have you watched the fellows and gals who run the dash? When they come around that last turn and they're pressing for the tape, they'll get right to the end and then they'll lunge forward. I've even seen them fall right there on the track, because they're pushing to reach the tape ahead of the one they're competing against. It's the idea of intensity at the tape, stretching yourself. Those who do the long jump leap into the air and throw their feet forward and they, with intensity, stretch every muscle of their body to reach as far as they can. The same with the high jumpers, or with the pole vaulters. They stretch to the uttermost to reach the limit. That's the word fervent.

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What does it look like? It has hands to help others, feet to hasten to the poor and needy, eyes to see misery and want, ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.


Augustine

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Heat makes all things expand. And the warmth of love will always expand a person's heart.


Chrysostom

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Love is not love


Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove.

O, no it is an ever-fixed mark,

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;


It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.


Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.


—William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 116"

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I  CAN  RELATE  VERY  MUCH  SO  TO  THE  EXAMPLE  GIVEN  ABOUT  FERVENT.


It was my last year in High School; it was then my last year to participate  in the Inter-High School Athletics competition. I was for four years undefeated in the 220 yard  dash race, competing in my age group each of those four years.  Just  shortly before it would be time to line up, a few lads from another school walked by, one said to the other, “We’re going to get Hunt.”  The meaning was clear, he had in his mind and probably in his practicing, determined he was going be beat me in this race. I said to the Lord (being a Christian) “Well Father just please help me to run my best.” We lined up, off we went; coming around the turn and heading for the finish line you got sight of where you were with the other sprinters. Coming down to the last 50 feet, I could see the lad who said he was going to beat me, was right there with me; it was going to be very very close. It looked like he was indeed going to win the race. I could only move my legs as fast and fervently as possible. We had about 15 feet to the line, I could only think of doing one thing— throwing out my chest as much as possible— and in doing so I managed to break the tape first.  I had never had anyone in four years that close to beating me. It was only a fervency to win that gave me the win. If the other lad had beaten me I would have said, “Well done you did it.”  


SOMETIMES  IN  OUR  SPIRITUAL  LIFE  AND  THE  RACE  WE  RUN  AS  A  CHRISTIAN,  WE  HAVE  OUR  ENEMY  WANTING  TO  SAY  “I’M  GOIN’  TO  GET…..” AND  WE  FIND  OURSELVES  VERY  LOW  SPIRITUALLY.  IT  IS  THEN  WE  HAVE  TO  REALLY  CALL  OUT  TO  OUR  FATHER  AND  HIS  SON  JESUS  TO  HELP  US,  TO  GIVE  US  FERVENT  POWER  TO  PICK  OURSELVES  UP  AND  KEEP  GOING  TO  THE  FINISHING  LINE.  OUR  CHRISTIAN  RACE  IS  FOR  MOST  OF  US  A  10,000  METER  RACE  NOT  A  SPRINT,  IT’S  A  RACE  WHERE  WE  CAN  FALL  DOWN,  SKIN  OUR  KNEES,  FALL  ON  YOUR  FACE  AND  BLOODY  OUR  NOSE;  BUT  THE  LORD  CAN  HELP  US  UP  WITH  THE  POWER  OF  HIS  SPIRIT,  TO  SHAKE  OFF  THE  SPIRITUAL  ENEMY  AND  MOVE  ON  AND  ON,  KEEPING  THAT  FINISH  LINE  EVER  IN  OUR  FERVENT  DESIRE  TO  BE  THERE,  WHEN  OUR  LIFE  IN  THIS  FLESH  COMES  TO  AN  END.


LOVE—— A  HUGE  SUBJECT.  


YOU  COULD  SIT  DOWN  SOMETIME  AND  TAKE  STRONG’S  CONCORDANCE  OF  THE  BIBLE  AND  LOOK  UP  ALL  THE  PASSAGES  WHERE  THE  WORD  LOVE  IS  USED  IN  THE  BIBLE.  THAT  WOULD  BE  A  NUMBER  OF  HOURS,  AND  UNLESS  YOU  HAVE  THE  WHOLE  DAY,  YOU’D  SPLIT  IT  UP  INTO  STUDIES  OF  AN  HOUR  OR  SO,  OVER  MANY  DAYS  IN  TOTAL.


IN  A  BOOK  I  HAVE  THIS  STORY  IS  TOLD


Martin Avdeitch



At about age fifty, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy developed a profound interest in spiritual things and began studying the Gospels in earnest. Unfortunately, he rejected more than he accepted, repudiating belief in miracles, the deity of Christ, the personality of God, and the plan of salvation. Tolstoy reduced Christianity to little more than charity and good works.

He nonetheless wrote about it beautifully, and nothing sums up his philosophy better than this story which Tolstoy based on one of his favorite passages, Matthew 25:31-40:


One night Martin Avdeitch, a humble shoemaker, dozing over his open Bible, suddenly seemed to hear a voice saying, "Martin! Look thou into the street tomorrow, for I am coming to visit thee." Convinced the Lord Jesus was going to visit him, Martin awoke the next morning with nervous excitement. But no one showed up that day except a succession of penniless and pitiful souls: an aged veteran, a shivering mother and newborn, an old peddler woman and a frightened boy who had filched one of her apples. With a kind heart, Martin cared for each person, but as evening fell, he was disappointed that Jesus had not visited that day.


Putting on his spectacles, he took up his Bible with a sigh, and it opened to Matthew 25. Martin read: "For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in."

"Lord, when did we do these things?"


Looking on down the page, Martin read: "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."


Avdeitch understood that the vision had come true, and that his Savior had in very truth visited him that day, and that he had received Him.

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HERE  ARE  SOME  QUOTES


God loves us the way we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way.

Leighton Ford (Change, Acceptance)


How do I want to be remembered? Not primarily as a Christian scholar but rather as a loving person. This can be the goal of every individual.

Elton Trueblood (Legacy, Goals)


A man is only as good as what he loves.

Saul Bellow (Character, Devotion)

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NOW  IF  YOU  LOVE  GOD  THEN  YOU  WILL  LOVE  HIS  WORD;  YOU  WILL  LOVE  READING  IT  AND  STUDYING  IT;  AND  YOU  WILL  LOVE  TO  OBEY  ITS  TEACHINGS.

IN  ANOTHER  BOOK  I  HAVE  WE  FIND  THIS  STORY:


In the prologue to Leadership Jazz, Max DePree writes about his granddaughter, Zoe:


[Zoe] was born prematurely and weighed one pound, seven ounces, so small that my wedding ring could slide up her arm to her shoulder. The neonatologist who first examined her told us that she had a 5 to 10 percent chance of living three days. When Esther and I saw Zoe in her isolette in the neonatal intensive care unit, she had two IVs in her navel, one in her foot, a monitor on each side of her chest, and a respirator tube and a feeding tube in her mouth.


To complicate matters, Zoe's biological father had jumped ship the month before Zoe was born. Realizing this, a wise and caring nurse named Ruth gave me my instructions. "For the next several months, at least, you're the surrogate father. I want you to come to the hospital every day to visit Zoe, and when you come, I want you to rub her body and her legs and arms with the tip of your finger. While you're caressing her, you should tell her over and over how much you love her, because she has to be able to connect your voice to your touch."


God knew that we also needed both his voice and his touch. So he gave us the Word, his Son, and also his body, the church. God's voice and touch say, "I love you."

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FROM  YET  ANOTHER  BOOK  I  HAVE  WE  FIND  THIS  STORY:


Katie Fisher, 17, pulled her unruly lamb into the arena of the Madison County Junior Livestock Sale. With luck the lamb would fetch some spending money—and she wouldn't collapse as she had during another livestock show the day before.


Fisher had been battling Burkitt's lymphoma, a fast-growing malignancy, since February. She had endured many hospitalizations and months of chemotherapy. "Sometimes, in the beginning, it hurt so bad all she could do was pace," said her 12-year-old sister, Jessica.


Selling the lamb did raise pin money for Fisher.


"We sort of let folks know that Katie had a situation that wasn't too pleasant," said auctioneer Roger Wilson, who hoped his introduction would push the price-per-pound above the average of $2. It did—and then some.


The lamb sold for $11.50 per pound. Then the buyer gave it back. That started a chain reaction. Families bought it and gave it back; businesses bought it and gave it back.


"The first sale is the only one I remember. After that, I was crying too hard," said Katie's mother, Jayne Fisher. "Everyone kept saying, 'Re-sell! Re-sell!'"


"We sold that lamb 36 times," said Wilson. And the last buyer gave back the lamb for good. The effort raised more than $16,000, which went into a fund to help pay Katie's medical expenses.

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THOSE  ARE  THE  KINDS  OF  STORIES  THAT  HIT  THE  BALL  CALLED  “LOVE”  OUT  OF  THE  PARK  FOR  A  HOME  RUN.


AS  I’VE  SAID  THE  SUBJECT  OF  LOVE  IS  A  HUGE  ONE.  


MOST  CHRISTIANS  KNOW  WHAT  JOHN 3:16  SAYS;  IF  YOU  DON’T  LOOK  IT  UP.


THEN  FROM  ANOTHER  BOOK  OF  THE  BIBLE  THAT  HAS  A  WHOLE  LOT  TO  SAY  ABOUT  LOVE…..  IT  IS….  1  JOHN.  


JUST  ONE  EXAMPLE  OF  THIS  BIBLE  BOOK.


WE  READ  IN  1  JOHN  3:16,  “ HEREBY  PERCEIVE  WE  THE  LOVE  OF  GOD,  BECAUSE  HE  LAID  DOWN  HIS  LIFE  FOR  US;  AND  WE  AUGHT  TO  LAY  DOWN  OUR  LIFE  FOR  THE  BRETHREN.”


NOW  THE  GREEK  FOR  GOD  “LAID  DOWN”  IS  IN  THE  AORIST  TENSE—— AN  ACTION  COMPLETED  IN  THE  PAST.  JESUS  DYING  FOR  US!  AND  OF  COURSE  GOD  AND  JESUS  STILL  CONTINUE  TO  LOVE  US.


THE  GREEK  TENSE  FOR   US  “TO  LAY  DOWN”  IS  IN  THE  PRESENT  TENSE,  WHICH  MEANS  WE  SHOULD  BE  CONTINUALLY  LAYING  DOWN  OUR  LIFE  FOR  THE  BRETHREN.


THE  EVERY  NEXT  VERSE  PROVES  THIS:


“BUT  WHOSOEVER  HAS  THIS  WORLD’S  GOODS,  AND  SEES  HIS  BROTHER  HAVE  NEED,  AND  SHUTS  UP  HIS  BOWELS  OF  COMPASSION  FROM  HIM,  HOW  CAN  THE  LOVE  OF  GOD  DWELL  IN  HIM?”


THE  ANSWER  IS——  IT  CAN  NOT!


THE  FIRST  FRUIT  OF  THE  SPIRIT  IS  LOVE!


I  HAVE  JUST  COVERED  A  TINY  PORTION  OF  THIS  LARGE  SUBJECT  IN  THIS  MESSAGE.


I  HOPE  IT  TOUCHED  YOUR  HEART  SO  YOU  CAN  LOVE  EVEN  MORE  THAN  HOW  YOU  LOVED  BEFORE.


Keith Hunt