Poured Out

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The True Man

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh
Joel 2:28

Water is vital to life. Without water, a person will die within a couple of days.

Water is found just about everywhere on the planet. Even in the driest places it rains water sometimes.

Water pours from the sky. Water pours from the side of mountains. Water pours from a pitcher into a glass or into a jar.

The sound of pouring or running water can be soothing. There are many videos on the internet of just rain pouring down (here’s one I particularly like: rain and thunder video).

It isn’t a coincidence that God uses the description of pouring water when talking about the Holy Spirit and Holy Baptism.

Nor is it a coincidence that Holy Baptism uses water as its visible, earthly element to carry or contain the…

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Imitators

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The True Man

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit….”
1 Thessalonians 1:6

The vision was still vivid in his mind’s eye. A man standing with the sea behind him, beckoning to him.

Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

And so Paul, Silas and Timothy had set sail from Troas and headed west.

They had met Lydia in the city of Philippi.

They had been jailed soon after for exercising a demon from a slave girl.

They then were miraculously released from jail and shared the Gospel with their jailer.

They made their way to Thessalonica and preached the Gospel there for about a month.

They headed to Berea and did the same. But Paul continued on his own to Athens.

Timothy headed back to Thessalonica and the new Christian church there…

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