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Strange and Miraculous!
The Story of Pentecost

by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards

Text Version | Afrikaans | Greek | Italian

Tara was looking at the calendar in great anticipation. She was so excited because her birthday was coming up soon, and she just couldn't wait.

"One . . .

two . . .
three . . .
four . . .
ONLY FOUR MORE DAYS!" she squealed with glee.

Then she saw a strange word she had never noticed before. "Pen . . . Pen . . . Pen - te - cost," she slowly pronounced the word. "Hey, Mom. What is this funny word?" she asked, sounding it out again slowly.

"The word is 'Pentecost,'" she explained. "It is the day the Holy Spirit came upon the first Christians, and it is celebrated as the birthday of the church."

Her mother lovingly took her by the hand, led her to their favorite chair, picked up the Bible, and began to tell her the story of Pentecost.

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Jesus spent forty days walking and
talking with his closest friends and followers After Jesus arose from the dead that very first Easter Sunday, He spent forty days walking and talking with his closest friends and followers. They were thrilled that Jesus was alive again, and they listened very carefully to every word as He taught them more about the kingdom of God.

One of Jesus' favorite places was on top of a mountain. He would go there often to be alone and talk to God. His friends loved Him so much and didn't want to leave Him. One day some of them followed Him to the top of the mountain. On the way up, Jesus told them that the Holy Spirit would come to give them power to teach people all over the world about Him.

The cloud surrounded
Jesus and lifted him up into the sky When Jesus finished talking about the Holy Spirit, a very strange, miraculous thing happened. They watched in amazement as a cloud appeared out of heaven. It surrounded Jesus and lifted him up. He disappeared out of their sight. They had never seen anything like that, and they couldn't believe their eyes! They just stood there staring up into the sky!

And that isn't all . . .

Two ANGELS appeared right beside them asking why they were just standing there Two ANGELS appeared right beside them, asking why they were just standing there. The angels explained that Jesus had been taken up to heaven, but He would someday come back to earth. They were certainly glad to hear that, but they still didn't know what to make of it all.

This was all quite puzzling, and they weren't exactly sure about what they should do next. One of them remembered the words of Jesus telling them to stay in Jerusalem, so they walked down the mountain, and down the dusty road into the city, talking excitedly about the event that had just taken place.

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All the disciples and other friends of Jesus gathered in a big room to hear the story of Jesus
being taken away in the clou All the disciples and other friends of Jesus gathered in a big room to hear the story of Jesus being taken away in the cloud. They enjoyed each other's company and had meals together. They discussed the things Jesus had told them while He was with them. And most importantly, they prayed together.

It was during one of these prayer meetings that ANOTHER strange and wonderful event occurred.

SUDDENLY, from out of nowhere, came the sound of a rushing mighty wind. It sounded like a huge tornado was right in the room with them!

And that isn't all . . .

They saw something that looked like two flames of fire resting just above each person's head!

And that still isn't all . . .

They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they all began to speak in other languages which they had never learned!

Tongues of fire descending

The noise from the wind, and from the praying, and from all the people speaking at the same time was so loud that people outside on the street down below were beginning to wonder what in the world was happening up there in that room!

People came from all around to find out what all the commotion was about People came from all around to find out what all the commotion was about. They were amazed and thought it was marvelous that they were hearing people speaking in their own language, because they knew that the people in the room were all from Galilee and didn't know any other language except their own.

Some people were thrilled to be hearing about the wonderful works of God. Other people didn't understand and thought the people in the room were just drunk.

Peter stood up and started to preach to all the people standing outside. He explained that no one in the room was drunk and that what they were seeing and hearing was the power of the Holy Spirit.

Peter stood up and started to preach to all the people standing outside
He preached to them about some of the prophecies in the Old Testament.
He preached to them about the teachings of Jesus.
He preached that Jesus was truly the Son of God and they needed to accept Him.
He preached that they needed to repent of their sins and be baptized.
And he preached that if they turned away from their sins and accepted Jesus Christ, they too could receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

On that ONE DAY, THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE became believers in Jesus! HALLELUJAH!

On that day three thousand people became believers in JesusThey continued to meet together for meals, fellowship, and prayer, and many other amazing
miracles were done through the power of the Holy Ghost

They continued to meet together for meals, fellowship, and prayer, and many other amazing miracles were done through the power of the Holy Ghost!

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REMEMBER: The gift of the Holy Ghost is for EVERYONE!


1. Why did Jesus' friends stay in Jerusalem?
2. What were the three signs of the Holy Spirit?
3. Who can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost?


"Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost" (Acts 2:38).


Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to take away
my sins, and thank You for sending the Holy Spirit
Who gives me power to witness for You.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Acts 1:1-14 and Acts 2:1-41

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The Day of Pentecost
Jesus Ascending Into Heaven
Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and Me: A Read-to-Me Coloring book for Children
Pentecost Coloring Page

Coloring Through the Bible
Beginner's Bible Super-Duper Mighty Jumbo Coloring Book
Bible Stories Kids Love Coloring Book (ages 2 to 4)
Jesus Loves Me, This I Know, Coloring Book
My Bible Coloring Book
Thru-the-Bible Coloring Pages
Action Bible Coloring Book
Children's Bible Coloring Books


Ascension Online Jigsaw Puzzle
Bible Verse Scramble Page 1
Bible Verse Scramble Page 2
Bible Verse Scramble Page 3
Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and Me: An Activity book for Children
The Crazy Streets of Jerusalem Maze

Best Book of Bible Activities
Custom Bingo Card Game
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
Fun with Secret Codes Coloring & Activity Book, Ages 4-7
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
The Super Sized Book of Bible Puzzles
Memory Verse Games for Kids
Painting Book 1 - Bible Stories
Big Book of Bible Puzzles for Preteens
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Games for Christian families
Sticker Books

Give Me Oil in my Lamp

singing birds

Give Me Oil In My Lamp [Cedarmont Music Download]
Pentecost Sunday School Song
More and More People (The Donut Man listen online)
They Had to Wait (The Donut Man - listen online)

100 Ways To Know God Loves Me & 100 Songs
100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs
Action Bible Songs
Bible Songs on CD
Bible Songs on DVD
100 Singalong Bible Songs For Kids
25 Favorite Sunday School Song

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Coming of the Holy Spirit: Acts 2:1-41 (Arch Books)
Real Power for Kids: Knowing the Holy Spirit as Your Friend

365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories
365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Beginner's Bible, New and Updated Edition
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Egermeier's Bible Storybook for Beginners
Early Reader's Bible
The Action Storybook Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschooler's Bible
Toddler's Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)


Pentecost Twirlers and more

Puppet Crafts For Kids
Bible Crafts
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 3-6)
Bible-in-Life: Preschool Make It/Take It (Craft Book), Spring 2019
Echoes: Early Elementary Make It/Take It (Craft Book), Spring 2019
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
More! Bible Crafts on a Shoe String Budget: Paper Sacks & Cardboard Tubes (Reproducible: Ages 5-10)
Puppet Crafts For Kids
Praise God with Paper Plates (Reproducible: PreK-Grade 2)

CDs and DVDs

What's in the Bible DVD 11: Acts—Spreading the Good News

Read and Share Ultimate Bible Storybook with 2 DVDs
The Animated Kid's Bible (3-DVD Set)
The Beginner's Bible Box Set, 4 DVDs
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible: The Complete Series
The Bible Collection, DVD Gift Set
The Bible MiniSeries DVD Set
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs


Day of Pentecost Eikon Bible Art [Download]
Helping Kids Understand and Experience the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit - Resource Library for Children's Ministry How Is Wind Like the Holy Spirit?
Now What? For Kids Baptism in the Holy Spirit - eBook
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit - It's for Kids Too

801 Questions Kids Ask About God
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher
Children's Ministry
Bible Memory Games
Bible Story Coloring Pages Vol. 2
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
Big Book of Bible Games
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Gift & Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Parenting Resources
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Seven Laws of the Learner
Spanish Resources
Sunday school resources
Talking to God
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know

Children's resources

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