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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

 Jesus has a gift for YOU! He wants to help you boldly live for Him and share Him with others.

“Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4-5).

If you’re a true follower of Jesus, then His Spirit already lives in you, but He wants to fill you so full that you’re overflowing with His presence and power. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is so important that Jesus told his followers not to go anywhere until they received it. You can receive this gift too! It starts by getting your heart right with God, then as you are worshiping Him, simply ask Him to fill you with His Spirit!

In the Bible, the physical sign that you’ve received this gift is that you’ll speak in other languages (tongues) that you don’t know (Acts 2:4; 10:45-46; 19:6; 1 Cor. 13:1; 14:14-15). But keep your focus on seeking God rather that seeking a specific experience. As you worship and wait on Him, just open your mouth and begin to speak in faith, and the Holy Spirit will speak through you in syllables and words that don’t mean anything to you but is a spiritual language that God knows (Rom. 8:26).

God promises to give good gifts, including the Holy Spirit, to those who ask (Luke 11:9-13). When you receive this gift and begin to spend time “praying in the Spirit” (tongues) as you ask Him to fill you up every day, watch how God empowers you to share His love and truth with others!

Upcoming Events:

Wed. May 25: Awards Night, 6:45 p.m.. Come celebrate what our kids and teens have accomplished and learned this past year at Family Night!

Sat. June 11: Noah’s Ark Waterpark Trip (grades 6-12). Cost of $20 includes lunch. Breakfast, dinner, and locker rental is extra. Scholarships available. Registration and money due Sunday, May 29th.

July 11-15: Youth Summer Camp (grades 6-12) at Spencer Lake! Early Bird registration due by June 12. Fundraisers available. More info and registration at hillsideassembly.com/youthcamp