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4 Ideas for Celebrating Pentecost

Learn to appreciate the wonder of God actually residing within each of us who believe in Him.
By Barbara Rainey

Gathering together for important occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays is a very biblical concept. God instructed His people to come together several times a year, knowing it was good for them to be reminded of what mattered most in life. Today we do the same without realizing we are following an ancient pattern when we gather to celebrate the birthday of Jesus, the anniversary of His resurrection and His ascension, and other important events.

At Ever Thine Home®, our hope is to not only elevate Easter but also call us as women to make our homes His embassy and mark other anniversaries on the Christian calendar with our families and friends. Pentecost was one of the three feasts where the Israelites were commanded to gather together, so this Sunday as you gather for church and lunch or dinner, here are four ideas for how to mark this important occasion with your family.

1. In the Old Testament one practice for the feast of Pentecost was for the priest to wave two loaves of bread in the temple before God in thanksgiving for the early harvest. Though the Jews did not see the symbolism, the two loaves represented two groups of people God planned to harvest for His kingdom: His chosen people the Jews and everyone else called the Gentiles. This Sunday, for lunch after church or for  dinner that night, you might buy two loaves of bread to imitate the original practice. Give thanks that God’s gift of redemption is for all who are willing to receive it.

2.  Create a simple obstacle course in your living room or back yard. Blindfold a volunteer who then has to find their way across the room or yard by listening to your voice calling directions; turn right, stop, take two steps left, etc.  The blindfolded one has to listen carefully to your voice or he will trip or bump into things.

Then talk about how this is like listening to the Holy Spirit’s voice. To further illustrate this, send another person through the obstacle course and instruct other family members to call directions at the same time.  This teaches a very practical lesson on learning to follow one voice as opposed to many other “voices” that might influence our lives.

3. Read one or two of these verses about who the Spirit is and what He came to do: John 14:16,17; John 14:26; John 16:7, 13-15. You might make a list from these verses about what the Spirit will do for us. If you have older children and teens, this can become a very in depth and beneficial discussion as you find other verses beyond these three learning together how vital is the Holy Spirit and His gracious work in our lives.

4. Then read Ephesians 5:17-19 and talk about this command that Paul wrote to everyone who is a Christian. What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? Why does God command this? How does being controlled by God’s Spirit make a difference in your life, or how should it make a difference?  (For more information on the Holy Spirit, read “The Wonderful News of the Spirit-filled Life,” by Bill Bright.

We hope that adding even one of these ideas to your Sunday this week will help you appreciate the wonder of God actually residing within each of us who believe in Him.  It also can help you give your children a beginning level of understanding of this vital truth.

May you enjoy Pentecost Sunday as you celebrate the miracle of God’s continual presence with us.

© 2015 by FamilyLife.  All rights reserved.

Next Steps

1.  Read Barbara’s article, “The Forgotten Holiday: What Happened to Pentecost?”

2. Barbara Rainey believes our homes should be like an embassy –since we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20), our homes are an embassy to the world.  Learn more about the Ever Thine Home® resources that help you use your home to tell of your faith.

3.  Keep up with Barbara by reading the Ever Thine Home blog.


Meet the Author: Barbara Rainey

Barbara Rainey is a wife, mother of six adult children (plus three sons-in-law and two daughters-in-law), and "Mimi" to nineteen grandchildren.

After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Barbara joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1971. She and her husband, Dennis, whom she married in 1972, are co-founders of FamilyLife, a ministry of Cru that is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Barbara has published articles on family-related topics and is the author of Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember and When Christmas Came.  She speaks at FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember® marriage conferences and is a frequent guest on FamilyLife Today®, a nationally syndicated, daily radio program.  She and Dennis are the coauthors of several books, including Growing a Spiritually Strong Family, Starting Your Marriage Right, Moments Together for Couples, The New Building Your Mate's Self-Esteem, Parenting Today's Adolescent, Rekindling the Romance, and Moments with You. She co-authored A Mother's Legacy with her daughter, Ashley Rainey Escue and joined Dennis and their children Rebecca and Samuel on the book So You're About To Be A Teenager. Barbara has also co-authored Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest, with close friend Susan Yates, and A Symphony in the Dark, written with her daughter, Rebecca Rainey Mutz. And Barbara has written a series focusing on character traits for families, including the titles Growing Together in Gratitude, Growing Together in Courage, Growing Together in Forgiveness, and Growing Together in Truth.

Having faithfully served alongside Dennis for more than 30 years, both in ministry and at home, Barbara has recently launched a new endeavor called Ever Thine Home™.  This new line of products, including Christ centered ornaments for Christmas, teaching tools for Lent and Easter, and beautiful additions for your home for thanksgiving and year round makes it easy to express faith at home in a way that is both biblical and beautiful.  Her heart for Ever Thine Home is based on the familiar Old Testament instruction:

"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Deuteronomy 6:9, ESV)

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