Ava Seventh Day Adventist – Connie Opeka 8.9.18

An Amazing Fact – Every day approximately 44,000 lightning storms occur throughout the world, with lightning striking the earth 6,000 times a minute. The average lightning stroke is six miles long and travels about 30,000 times faster than a bullet. The temperature of lightning can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than the surface of the sun! In addition, lightning has enough power to lift an ocean liner six feet in the air.

A “Positive Giant” is a lightning strike that hits the ground up to 20 miles away from the actual thunderstorm. Because it seems to strike from a clear sky, it is known as a “bolt from the blue.” These flashes strike between the storm’s top “anvil” and the earth, carrying several times the energy of a normal bolt.

It is also a myth that lightning never strikes twice in the same place. For example, the top of the Empire State Building averages over 20 hits per year. In like manner, the Bible predicts the Holy Spirit will come upon the church again in the last days with the same light and power as the days of Pentecost.

Elder Jim Porter brought the message Sabbath about the Holy Spirit and asked why we don’t talk about the Holy Spirit more. Why is it that this generation has not experienced what a people, a church can do when it is full with God’s Spirit the way the apostles were filled on Pentecost.  

Too many churches have people pushing, because we all have our precious programs. Those programs are making progress, but to what effect? It’s like going to a convention where they have new ideas to get members involved and devise new ways to raise money for church needs. It’s good stuff. But the church doesn’t really need all that. What it needs is men and women filled with the Spirit. The baptism of fire is the most desperate need of the church. This baptism was promised in Matthew 3:11.

Elder Porter shared how to prepare to receive the Holy Spirit and about the work of the Holy Spirit. You can hear his sermon on our church website page, but he expounded on the passage in John 16:7-15 “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord. It takes an effort to seek after God, not because He isn’t willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. So when we pray for the Holy Spirit, we’re really asking God to prepare our vessels to receive Him.

“Our Heavenly Father is more willing to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him than our earthly parents to give good gifts to their children, but it is our work by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us his blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer.” Prayer and Revival 116

Historically every revival can be traced to somebody or a group praying. When Pentecost took place, the disciples were praying together in the upper room. Would you like a revival? You can only expect it in answer to earnest seeking, fasting, and prayer. 

We invite you to visit the Community Services Center located on the church property – open every Tuesday from 10:00 – 2:00. In the month of June, 129 people were served, 1413 items given away and 85 hours volunteered. We appreciate your donations and support enabling us to serve our community. 

If we can be of assistance to you, please call the church at 683-5713, or Elder Eck Ulrich at 683-3343.  Check us out at www.avaadventistchurch.org and follow us on Facebook!

May God bless and keep you!