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.
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.
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. 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.
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!
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. 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.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!
They continued to meet together for meals, fellowship, and prayer, and many other amazing miracles were done through the power of the Holy Ghost!
REMEMBER: The gift of the Holy Ghost is for EVERYONE!
Why did Jesus' friends stay in Jerusalem?
What were the three signs of the Holy Spirit?
Who can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost?
A VERSE TO LEARN
"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
that gives me power to witness for You.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?
Acts 1:1-14 and Acts 2:1-41
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Jesus Ascending Into Heaven
Pentecost Coloring Page
My Story of Jesus Coloring Book (Bible Time)
Bible Story Cards Coloring Book - New Testament
Bible Story Coloring Pages #2 (Reproducible)
My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)
Children's Coloring Books
Smart Coloring Books
Ascension Online Jigsaw Puzzle
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Bible Verse Scramble Page 2
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The Crazy Streets of Jerusalem
Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
Amazing Bible Mazes
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Big Book Of Bible Puzzles (Reproducible)
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1 (Gospel Light Big Books)
More Bible Time with Kids
Christian and educational toys
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Give Me Oil in My Lamp
More and More People (The Donut Man)
They Had to Wait (The Donut Man)
Acts of the Apostles (Bible Story Songs)
Action Bible Songs (Cedarmont Kids)
Bible Songs on CD
100 Singalong Songs For Kids (Cedarmont)
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs (Veggie Tales)
Acts of the Apostles - Audio CDs (Presented by Your Story Hour)
Coming of the Holy Spirit: Acts 2:1-41 (Arch Books)
Pentecost - The Holy Spirit Comes
Real Power for Kids: Knowing the Holy Spirit as Your Friend
365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories (Barbour Publishing)
365 Activities For Kids:
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100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Baby's First Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Early Reader's Bible
Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
Little Hands Story Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschooler's Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)
Bible Verse Treasure Hunt
Make Your Own Bible Game
Puppet Crafts For Kids
Craft Ideas For Any Story
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 6-8)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God With...Craft Series
Praise God with a Paper Plate (PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12 (Reproducible)
Children's Crafts & Hobbies
Bible Comes Alive Series CD Album 5 (Your Story Hour)
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
Read and See DVD Bible
The Jesus Film (watch online)
The Story of Jesus: I Am the Resurrection and the Life
The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus (Lions Gate DVDs)
Story of Jesus for Kids (Casscom Media)
The Story of Jesus for Children DVD
Discover-N-Do Object Talks That Teach About The Holy Spirit
How Is Wind Like the Holy Spirit?
Pentecost Children's Sermon
The Holy Spirit Resource Library for Children's Ministry
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Bible Memory Games (Creative Bible Activities for Children)
Bible Story Coloring Pages (Reproducible)
801 Questions Kids Ask About God (Focus on the Family)
African American Resources
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games (Gospel Light)
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Church Resources
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
Edible Object Talks That Teach About Jesus (Edible Object Talks)
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Flannel Graph Story Sets to Purchase
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me (Instant Bible Lessons)
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher (Focus on the Family)
Hermie & Friends by Max Lucado
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids (Kay Arthur)
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Resources for Teachers
Seven Laws of the Learner (Bruce Wilkinson)
Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh Ideas
Sunday school resources
Talking to God (Instant Bible Lessons)
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives (by Howard Hendrickss)
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
(by Elmer Towns)
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