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THE PROMISE OF PENTECOST Acts 2:1-4; 12-18; 37-39.
Passover in 2012 will start on Saturday, the 7th of April and will continue for 7 days until Friday, the 13th of April.Note that in the Jewish calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Jews will celebrate Passover on the sunset of Friday, the 6th of April
This Sunday on the Religious Calendar is Pentecost Sunday!!! What in the world is Pentecost??? The word “ Pentecost” designates the 50th day after Passover, which was a Feast Day. Also known as the Feast of Weeks or Feast of Harvest. It was on this day, in the Book of Acts, that the Holy Spirit was poured out on 120 Followers of Christ who were gathered in an Upper Room in Jerusalem. It was on this day that the Church was born, in a burst of flames and Glory. This is a day that ought to be never forgotten. You see, it is said that The Average Christian And the Average Church are Somewhere Bogged Down Between Calvary and Pentecost. Yes. They have been to Calvary for Pardon, but they Have Not Been to Pentecost For Power. Bethlehem means God With Us. Calvary means God For Us. But Pentecost means God In Us. Now, Those statements will transform your understanding of the person and the work of the Holy Ghost. I believe that the average Christian is much like the Ephesians believers when the Apostle Paul came to them in Acts 19:2 and said to them - Did You Receive The Holy Ghost When You Believed? They Replied that they didn’t even know that there was a Holy Ghost. Many Christians do not understand the role of the Holy Spirit and they have not appropriated the power of the Holy Spirit in their own personal life. I believe that the churches today are Fat and Out Of Breath Through Prosperity. The church around us seems to be muscle-bound through over-organization. But what we Need Today Is Again - The Wind And The Flame Of…...

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Cory Monteith Dies at 31

...his life around when he was caught stealing "a significant amount of money from a family member," he said. "I was so desperate I didn't care. It was a cry for help." Monteith was best known for playing Finn Hudson on Glee, but he also had roles in Final Destination 3 and Monte Carlo. He and Michele, 26, had been dating for more than a year. This article in quote originally appeared on Cory Monteith Dead: Glee Star Dies at 31 Don't you feel sad when someone your age dies? I do. I feel like the mortality rate becomes high within our age bracket. Gone are the days that people die due to old age. I feel like people are just wasting their chances of living life the way we're supposed to live it! I don't want to sound preachy but I hope people realize that we are all created for one purpose and that it to glorify God. Life is indeed too short for nonsense. I feel sad that Cory Monteith died but life goes on... we must all just figure out a better way of coping and for the youngsters of today to avoid such circumstance... I hate losing people like Heath, Brad Renfro, among others... substance abuse must be condemned... we've lost too many people out of it... Yes, this death is for yet another Cory (Haim) and he somehow resembles Heath Ledger who was dating Michelle Williams, odd that Cory's dating Lea Michele... I know these are all coincidental and do not make sense, it's just worth writing so not to forget about it......

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A Report Plan

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The Woman in White

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...Two Solitudes is far from being a great work of fiction--it can be hokey, preachy, heavy-handed, trite, and dated--but it is both an entertaining human story and a knowing political novel, only slightly marred by MacLennan's over-idealistic nationalism. The Canada that MacLennan presents, a country in which a citizen is either French-Canadian or English-Canadian (or a rare hybrid) never really existed, but the political climate prompted by this illusion is still with us. MacLennan's novel is one of the most sympathetic (and readable) literary chronicles of the tensions and misunderstandings that gave birth to modern Quebec. --Jack Illingworth “Two solitudes”, which was written by Hugh McLennan at 1945, was his most famous novel. The Author, Hugh MacLennan was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, 1907. There are about seven novels, travel books and uncountable essays that mediate between the European cultural heritage and American vigor and idealism. “Among his many honors, he won five Governor Generals Awards.” And finally, Hugh MacLennan died in Montreal in 1990. It was a literary allegory for English and French Canadian from 1917 to 1939. The author divided this novel into 4 parts. “It is set during World War I, and a cast of “archetype” characters relay the story, being representations of French Canadians or Catholics or Businessman during this time period.” The novel’s plot was focus on the life of the fictional character named Paul Tallard, who is struggling between the...

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...Christian beliefs, track record of success, and responsibility while maintaining a sense of humbleness will have my support. According to David Hume in his ‘Essays Moral’, one with a message of inspiration might “rouze the genius of the nation and excite the emulation of the youth”. That’s exactly what our country needs these days. To many, it can be off-putting for a candidate to openly discuss their faith in depth. Evangelism really only plays to evangelists. Hindson and Caner (206) describe evangelism as a tool and a means to an end, similar to apologetics. The candidates best-versed in walking the fine line of implementing their beliefs with appropriate and timely use of apologetics without coming off to the American people as “preachy” will absolutely have my vote. 2. Think about, treat and speak to others on a daily basis? This is one area I’ve always employed a biblical worldview. The ‘Golden Rule’ reigns supreme. We were engrained with a need not just to treat others as we’d treat ourselves, but to treat others better than that. To quote comedian and public speaker Aye Jaye, we treat others in a way which would encourage them to say “you’ve made my day” instead of demanding “make my day”. It’s what feels right and seems like the least you can do for your fellow man. I mention my area of upbringing because, having dealt with many different people from many different areas, cultures and upbringings in xxx, I get the sense that is not what is taught in......

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