John Killinger, in his book, You Are What You Believe, reports a survey he made. He asked five people, “Who or what is the Holy Spirit?” Here’s what they said: “Should I know the answer to that?” “It’s the same as the Holy Ghost, isn’t it?” “Sounds scary to me.” “I don’t know; I’m not into all that New Age stuff.” “It’s the Spirit of God, I think.” What is interesting about this survey is that these five people were not random pedestrians approached on some street corner. They were standing in the hall of a church of which they were all members! Four were adults, one was a teenager.

What the responders didn’t understand is that the Holy Spirit is a gift from God. I call the sermon this Sunday, THE BIG DREAM GIFT.

Most, if not all, of us desire a sense of peace in the midst of conflict, confidence to face difficult situations, comfort in the midst of sorrow, deep-felt joy, reciprocal love in relationships with family and friends, courage to witness and fight for justice, and hope for a successful future.

Would you like to receive the Big Dream Gift?

Rev. Doug Norris

Interim Senior Pastor
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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