The Spirit Moved

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Job 20-21; Acts 10:24-48

44 While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell on everyone who heard the word. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 They heard them speaking in other languages and praising God. Peter asked, 47 “These people have received the Holy Spirit just as we have. Surely no one can stop them from being baptized with water, can they?” 48 He directed that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited Peter to stay for several days. (Acts 10:44-48, Common English Bible).

Some years ago I was involved in a community Thanksgiving service in a community I served. The little church building the service was in was packed. It was an old building and the acoustics were great. Children’s choirs from a couple of different congregations. Each sang a couple of songs and then they combined. When those kids sang together, all I can say is WOW.

When the kids finished it was my turn. I was thinking that P.T. Barnum once said something about not following children or animal acts. Apparently, I was wrong. W.C. Fields did say never to work with children or dogs. Regardless of who may have said that I think they were wrong.

It was a highlight in my personal career. I felt the Spirit move in that service in ways I had never felt before. It was a powerful time. As I got up t preach, I didn’t think about the risk of “following kids.” I only thought about how I was feeling the Spiritu moving. The Spirit started moving during those kids. Now I got to preach in that Spirit-rich environment. It never even occurred to me that I was standing in a position to mess all this up. The only thing I knew was, I got to preach (yes, it was a privilege) to a large group of people, packed into a small space with the Holy Spirit moving in a way I had never experienced. Could there be a better moment for a preacher than this?

As the sermon time continued those gathered were responsive in a way this United Methodist preacher had never experienced. I can safely say I had never experienced this much fun preaching before and though I know I am a creature who falls way short of the glory of God. That night, I don’t think I could have messed up the sermon.

My experience was not Peter’s experience. No acts of covenantal symbolism happened. All the people present weren’t baptized that night. Most probably had been years before. It wasn’t about a bunch of kids singing together or a pastor preaching in a community worship service.  What it was about was really pretty simple even though it was extraordinarily powerful. The people of the community, not so much the geographic community, but the community of faith were gathered in the name of Jesus Christ. We sang and we worshipped and God touched everyone there in a powerful way.

I would love, as I write this many years later, to tell you that it was a night none of us would ever forget. The truth is, I can’t say that. The only one I can talk about is me. While I do remember, sitting here and writing this story is the first time I have thought about it in years. I have no idea if others present that night have thought about it again or not. It is my prayer that even if they don’t remember the details, they remember that one November night they were in the presence of the Holy Spirit and felt the power of God.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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