“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” — Acts 1:8
After His resurrection, Jesus showed himself to more than 500 of his disciples and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
During this time, he emphasized the importance of waiting for the Holy Spirit, whom he had promised before to send in his place.
With the Holy Spirit would come the power the disciples would need — power to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth and power that would enable them to live the holy lives.
As the Holy Spirit indwelt each one he would give the ability (power) to walk victoriously over sin. As they walked in the Spirit, they would live as Jesus did, having a foretaste of the final victory that would come when at last they passed into his presence.
They waited and we know the result. They were indeed filled with the Spirit and with power and in that power turned the world upside down for Christ. The gospel spread throughout the known world in a remarkably short time.
Where is that power in the church today? Where is that miracle working power? And I do not mean the power that so many crave as they seek signs and wonders. Jesus said that it is an evil generation that seeks a sign (Luke 11:29).
I am talking about the power of the Spirit that results in holy living and the conversion of souls. The power of the Spirit that results in joyous, sacrificial service to the Master.
The power that enables Christians to thrive, their lives setting a standard of purity and holiness for all the world to see.
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Native Oswegonian Bob Natoli set two new Guinness World records Thursday. His two newest awards make him a eight-time world record holder.
Natoli has six previous records in the category of strength and fitness. He dedicated his most recent attempts to Julian Ross, a seven-year-old with Stage IV Neuroblastoma.
Natoli, the owner of Timebuyer, was made aware of Julian’s story by his daughter, who read about Julian on Facebook. He took a personal interest in the Ross family and gifted them with a minivan in December. The van has since been used to travel back and forth to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
In an effort to raise money for the Ross family and awareness of childhood cancer, Natoli took on Paddy Doyle of the United Kingdom — the most prolific strength and fitness record setter in Guinness World Record history.
In a gym set up at the offices of Timebuyer, Natoli attempted to break the record for Most Step-ups in one-minute with a 40 pound pack.
Natoli had to beat the previous record of 41 steps accomplished by Doyle in 2011. In the span of one minute, Natoli completed 52 repetitions, making him the new record holder.
After taking a break to stretch his legs and hydrate himself with coconut water, Natoli was ready to take on his second challenge, attempting the world record for most step-ups in one minute with a 60 pound pack.
The record was also held by Doyle with 35 step ups. Natoli successfully beat the world record with 47 repetitions even with switching legs part way through the attempt.
His wife Peggy and son cheered him on from the front row.
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