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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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The Birthday of the Church – Pentecost Is Not Boring
Acts 2

Ever see someone fall asleep in church? It can be pretty funny.  In one of the first churches that I served – we had a 9:00 AM service and there was a father and 2 sons that sat in the 3rd row that fell asleep every Sunday morning first the father, then the oldest son and the youngest son just like clockwork.

An evangelist tells the story of an old man who fell asleep in church. The man’s mouth was wide open with his head tilted back. All of a sudden a fly flew into the man’s wide-open mouth. Naturally, this was an unexpected surprise which awoke the gentleman immediately. He gagged very loudly right in the middle of the preacher’s sermon and upon spitting out the fly also had the misfortune of spitting out his dentures!

Let me give you at least three qualities that made the church on Pentecost a place where you wouldn’t have taken a nap. These same three qualities ought to exemplify church worship today.

There’s an oft-quoted story that illustrates what I’m talking about. 
Several years ago there was a celebration at a municipal pool in New Orleans. They threw a party at pool-side to celebrate the first summer in memory without any drownings in any of the New Orleans pools. Two hundred people gathered in honor of the momentous occasion, including about 100 certified lifeguards. But as the party was breaking up and the four lifeguards on duty began to clear the pool, they found a fully dressed body in the deep end. They tried to revive Jerome Moody, 31, but it was too late. He had drowned surrounded by lifeguards celebrating their successful season.

The Spirit-filled church never neglects to share the gospel. And where there’s an atmosphere conducive to the new birth - there is excitement. Everybody stays awake!

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