[Acts 19:1-7] shows that Paul did more than start new churches; he also brought people into full understanding of the gospel. Before going out to create a new community, Paul met people who were already believers. But they had never heard of the Holy Spirit. . . .
As if in a moment of confirmation, Paul baptized them in the name of Jesus and laid hands upon them. What happened next was made possible not because of the gestures but because Paul was able to explain that John was a witness to the God who came to dwell among us. And then Paul got out of the way so that God could do what God alone can do. The Spirit who hovered over the waters descended upon these twelve disciples and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
—Joy J. Moore, “Let’s Get Started . . . Again,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)
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[Jesus said,] “The Companion, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I told you.”
—John 14:26 (CEB)
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Creator God, enable us to move through the chaos into the new creation you alone have promised. Amen. —Prayer by Joy J. Moore
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Baptism of the Lord
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