May 24, 2015: God Goes Viral

Posted on : May 21st, 2015 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

Today we hear a lot about things “going viral.” If something goes viral, it means it spreads around quickly! [Going viral means becoming very popular by circulating quickly from person to person, especially through the Internet and social media.]

Tuesday, the story of a 5 year old boy, Josiah Duncan, went viral and touched the hearts of millions.

The story as told by WFSA TV, Montgomery, Alabama:

The faith of a little boy was on full display at the Waffle House at the Prattville-Millbrook exit one night a few weeks ago. It’s the story of 5-year-old Josiah Duncan and his mom, Ava Faulk.

“We saw a man who was dirty holding a bag with his bike outside,” Faulk recalled.

Josiah was so troubled by the man’s appearance, he started peppering his mom with questions.

“He’s homeless,” the little boy’s mother explained. “What does that mean?” he responded. “Well, that means he doesn’t have a home,” Mom continued. Josiah asked more questions, unable to understand what being homeless means.

After his mom explained, Josiah felt the urge to do something. He insisted on his mom buying the stranger a good meal. She listened, and then obliged.

“The homeless man came in and sat down, and nobody really waited on him,” Faulk explained. “So Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one.”

The man insisted on a cheap hamburger to start, but he was assured he could have anything he wanted.

“Can I have bacon?” Faulk remembers him asking, “And I told him get as much bacon you want.”

Before the man could take the first bite, Josiah insisted on doing something.

“I wanted to say the blessing with him,” Duncan said.

And Josiah did, publicly, with 11 other customers watching. Josiah sang the blessing as loud as his little voice could muster.

“God our Father, God our Father, we thank you, we thank you, for our many blessings, for our many blessings, Amen, Amen.”

“The man cried. I cried. Everybody cried,” Faulk admitted.

The man ate his meal and went on his way. He left with a full stomach, while Ava Faulk left with a full heart topped off with what she considers a touch of divine wisdom.

That, my friends, is the Pentecost story in a nut shell. The Pentecost story is the story of how God sent the Holy Spirit upon believers on the day of Pentecost. That very day, God went viral. Today, you and I are the ones who are commissioned by Christ to enable that message to go viral. Five-year-old Josiah’s story shows us that even in doing the smallest thing we can make God go viral through the working of the Holy Spirit.

May we be blessed with God’s power and love. Amen!

God Bless you,

Dan

~ This Sunday’s Scriptures ~

Luke 24: 46-53

Jesus blesses the disciples and is parted from them.

And Jesus said to them (the disciples), “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in Christ’s name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And I am sending the promise of our God upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany, and with uplifted hands blessed them. While blessing them, Jesus parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.

Acts 2:1-18

Luke describes the day of Pentecost, when worshipers were filled with the Holy Spirit.

1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “People of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17  ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,

     that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,

       and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

     and your young men shall see visions,

       and your old men shall dream dreams.

18  Even upon my slaves, both men and women,

       in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy!

 

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