The Refining Power of the Holy Spirit

“Loving my enemies and treating them nicely when they do me evil, doesn’t really sound like practical advice. Although we might be interested in the part about starting fires on their heads.

The only way to make sense of this is if we understand what kind of fire we’re calling down. The fire that heaps upon the heads of our enemies, when we return good for their evil, is the fire of the Holy Ghost. It’s the grace of God that sustains us through our difficulties in this world.

11330001_10154421789401959_3473982515844211807_nThe fire we send is The Holy Spirit, acting through us to convert the rest of the world to the saving power of our Lord, Jesus Christ…

… However, if we are to be completely honest with ourselves, we have to admit that we want our faith to lead us to victory in our lives and dominion over our enemies…”

To learn more and to find out how to reconcile our earthly desires to God’s divine plan, please click the link below:

http://stalbansanglican.org/System/Media/Play.asp?id=40752&Key=F0A86FFD-4683-4CB7-BBB7-41B7259E681B

God’s Agenda or Yours?

Delivered by Archbishop Council Nedd II at St. Alban’s Anglican Church on the First Sunday After Ascension

“… The Comforter is how Jesus describes the Holy Ghost. And Jesus chose the word “comforter” to describe the Holy Ghost because Jesus knew precisely what was in store for the new Christians. He goes on to warn them that they are going to be expelled from the synagogues. Worse than that, people will try to kill the Christians, solid in their belief that they are doing God a favor…”

It’s all very prophetic, but it really doesn’t deal with the event we are actually commemorating, which is Jesus’ ascent to heaven, and the apostles’ reaction.

Ascension174The apostles’ reactions immediately prior to the Ascension tell a significant story. They illustrate with crystal clarity the stubbornness with which we subordinate God’s agenda to our own, and we do this without actually realizing it. Today’s Gospel provides a very useful contrast between what Jesus actually said at the Last Supper, and what the apostles thought they heard. This Passover meal was Jesus’ last opportunity to prepare the Apostles for the ordeal to come…”

To hear the full sermon, click the following link:

http://stalbansanglican.org/System/Media/Play.asp?id=40752&Key=E8E347E1-876F-44FD-B31A-1727AC77552A