Monthly Archives: June 2016

Be Filled With the Holy Spirit

What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?  It is not the same thing as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  While it’s true that the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost when they were Baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 2: 1-4), they were filled with the Holy Spirit at […]


THE ROLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The Baptism of the Holy Spirit has been a controversial subject for many years.  Some believe that a person is baptized in the Holy Spirit the moment he or she is saved.  Others believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience separate from salvation.   I believe in letting scripture interpret […]

Pentecost in Acts vs. Shavuot in Exodus

WHAT DO THE GIVING OF LAW OF MOSES AND PENTECOST HAVE IN COMMON? Shavuot or Feast of Weeks is an annual celebration of the wheat harvest and the Law of Moses that occurs 50 days after First Fruits of the barley harvest (Leviticus 23: 9-17).  Pentecost is another name for Shavuot and is associated with the […]

Acts Chapter 1: The Ascension

Since the anniversary of Pentecost was just a few days ago, I thought this would be a good time to study the Book of Acts.  Acts is a sequel to the Gospel of Luke, and Luke is the author of both.  The recipient is “Theophilus.”   In his Gospel, Luke puts the events of the life, death, […]

The Book of Ruth and Shavuot

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Book of Ruth?  Naomi and Ruth?  Ruth and Boaz?  Reading the Book of Ruth during Shavuot (a.k.a. Feast of Weeks and Pentecost) is a Jewish tradition.  Why?  The story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz occurs during the spring harvest.  You can find references […]

June 11-13, 2016, is Shavuot/Pentecost

Pentecost, Shavuot, and Feast of Weeks refer to the same Biblical feast day.  It’s one of God’s Appointed Times, spelled out in Leviticus 23.  To calculate the date of Pentecost, start with the counting of the Omer, which begins after the weekly Sabbath during Passover.  (Many believe that the count begins after the first day of […]