Crumbs
August 4, 2020
185. Witsunday Week - Tuesday
And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles' doctrine
          And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.   Acts 2:42
          Those whose hearts were moved by the Holy Spirit through Peter's sermon now said to Peter and to the rest of the Apostles: "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them: "Repent, and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (like us). For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord, our God, shall call." And with many other words he testified and exhorted, saying: "Save yourselves from this unruly and stubborn generation"(the scoffers). Then those that gladly received his word were baptised; and the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles' doctrine, and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul. And many wonders and signs were done by the Apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things in common; and sold their possessions and goods, and shared them with all men as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the Temple, and breaking bread from house to house, ate their meals with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the Church daily those who would be saved.
          What a Pentecostal festival! What powerful grace of the Holy Spirit by means of Peter's sermon! Three thousand repented and believed in the Saviour and were baptised! And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles' doctrine, in order to ground and strengthen themselves more fully. They loved one another; and it was a true, self-denying, and most active love. And they came together daily in large and small assemblies to hear the Word and receive the Sacraments, to offer prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. Their light shone. Even more souls that embraced Christ in faith were added to the congregation.- Are we living in a time in which faith is rare? Indeed! Do our congregations resemble that first congregation? Alas, no! But we have the Word of the Apostles, the same saving grace of the Holy Spirit. The fault lies with us. God help us!
          PRAYER: - My God, I am ashamed of the poor use I make of Your Word and of the power of the Holy Spirit given me therein. Forgive me this sin for Jesus' sake! O grant that in true and heartfelt repentance I may be renewed by Your Holy Spirit to become a true Christian, thus being saved myself, and also becoming a light to others, pointing them to Jesus and salvation in Him. Perform this miracle of grace in me, O God! Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 4, 2020