May Memory Verse: “Change your hearts and lives." Acts 2:38
May 20: Pentecost. Pentecost is 50 days after Passover. It is a holiday to thank God for the grain harvest. The first Pentecost after Jesus' death and resurrection, all the disciples were together praying. The sound of wind -- like the wind parting the Red Sea -- and the flame on each head -- like the flame of the pillar of fire that guided the Israelites through the desert at night -- were symbols of the Spirit of God. The crowd that came to the house heard the disciples speak a message of good news for restoration and Shalom with God. Do your neighbors and community hear you speak a message of good news?
May 27: Shipwrecked! Paul was a prisoner, among other prisoners, headed for Rome. On the way, a terrible storm threatened the ship and crew. But Paul encouraged them, saying that an angel from God had guaranteed that he and all the others would live to see Rome. And after fourteen days of storm, they ran aground just short of a beach. If any prisoners escaped it meant death for the soldiers, so they planned to kill the prisoners. But the centurion wished to spare Paul and so gave orders for all who could, to swim. And so, all were brought safely to land. In storms of life, do you encourage those who are on the ship with you?