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I hope this week has been a blessing-filled one, and that you're embracing the cooler weather or simply finding ways to cope with its arrival. As we've been exploring the book of Acts in our preaching series, I'm trusting that God has been speaking to you through these powerful stories. For me, personally, studying and digging deeper into the text has been a profound blessing. As I revisit the incredible scene in Acts 2, I'm left in awe of the Holy Spirit's transformative power and the unwavering courage of the early believers. Imagine it: chains of bondage shattered, souls added to the body of Christ, restoration and healing unfolding, and the name and power of Jesus proclaimed to all nations! As I read these accounts, I'm reminded of the potential for a life-changing Pentecost moment in our own church community. May we be stirred by the Holy Spirit's presence and empowered to make Jesus known to those around us, leaving an indelible mark on our world.

Pentecost is often referred to as the "Birthday of the Church" because it marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples, empowering them to spread the message of Jesus Christ to the world. On this day, we see the fulfillment of Jesus' promise to send the Holy Spirit as a helper, comforter, and guide. The Spirit comes in a powerful and visible way, giving the disciples the ability to speak in other languages and share the gospel with people from all nations. This event marked a turning point in the life of the early church, as they were transformed from a small group of fearful disciples to a bold and courageous community that changed the course of history.

As we look at our own lives, our church, and our country, I believe we need a Pentecost revival. We live in a world that is increasingly sceptical and divided, and we need the power of the Holy Spirit to bring us together and give us the words to speak. We need a fresh infilling of the Spirit to empower us to be witnesses for Christ, to love our neighbours as ourselves, and to serve our communities with compassion and generosity. In our church, we need Pentecost revival to overcome our complacency and apathy. We need a fresh sense of purpose and passion for evangelism, discipleship, and service. We need the Holy Spirit to guide us as we seek to make a difference in our community and world. In our country, we need Pentecost revival to overcome our divisions and hatred. We need a fresh sense of unity and respect for one another, despite our differences. We need the Holy Spirit to guide us as we seek to create a more just and compassionate society.

So let us come together with expectant hearts, seeking a fresh touch from the Holy Spirit. Let us pray for an outpouring of God's Spirit upon our lives, our church, and our country. Let us ask God to give us the courage, wisdom, and compassion we need to be His witnesses in these uncertain times. May Park Ridge church be a church fully devoted to the leading of God in these last days.

May God pour out His Spirit upon us!

Sincerely, David Peñate