Sunday, May 31, 2020, was "Pentecost Sunday" around the world for Christians. Pentecost Sunday is observed on the 7th Sunday after Easter Sunday (when Jesus Christ arose from the dead) and 10 days after He ascended back into Heaven.

Pentecost comes from the Greek word "Pentekoste" which means 50th. (The New Testament was written in Greek.) This Christian holy day of Pentecost Sunday commemorates the coming of God the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament of the Bible in Acts 2:1-31, the 5th book of the New Testament.

The Holy Spirit allowed the Apostles to preach the word of Jesus to Jews in many languages who were in Jerusalem for the Feast of Shavuot (Weeks). And many believed in Jesus.

Many Christians recognize the coming of the Holy Spirit as the birth of the Church (the people of God, the called-out ones, the bride of Christ, Christians).

Matthew 16:18 (ESV) Jesus said, "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Jesus said this in response to Peter saying, "You are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the Living God."

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many say the closing of church buildings is an attack against the Church and Jesus Christ. However, the early Christians did not meet in buildings and Christianity reached the whole known world. The Church is on the offensive against the gates (powers) of hell.

Closing the buildings did not close Christianity. Determined Christians have held worship services out-doors with social distancing, with drive-in services and on computer.

In fact, many more folks have been reached through the computer, television, and radio. Through this media, many efforts have been made to have organized praying at specified times by many groups, all over the world. Many have made decisions to believe in the Lord through worship and preaching outside the church buildings.

The Church will prevail through generation after generation. Of course, it would be great to meet in church buildings for "in-person" gatherings again, but not until there is a 14-day decrease in new cases of the COVID-19 pandemic. God is everywhere.

Sincerely,

Faye Gaston,

Union Springs, Alabama

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