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On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were gathered in the upper room, waiting in prayer for the Holy Spirit to come upon them.  “And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a might wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  (Acts 2:2-4)

Before his ascension into heaven, Jesus told his disciples they should not leave Jerusalem, “… but to wait for the promise of the Father … for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”  (Acts 1:4-5) Further, the Lord told them “… you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8)  And so they waited.
Well what happened?  First of all, they heard a loud noise, “like the rush of a mighty wind”.  Most of us have been in storms where we have heard the wind blowing loudly.  People who have been in tornados describe the “fury of the storm” that sounds like a freight train bearing down on you.  Perhaps the sound on the day of Pentecost was not quite like that but it must have been impressive nonetheless.  Next, those present saw tongues of fire resting on everyone who was present in the room.  I have never seen tongues of fire resting on anyone, but, if I did, I am sure I would never forget it.  And then they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues.  I have witnessed many people being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues.
So what happened next?  There were men from all over the world who were present in Jerusalem at that time.  Apparently, they heard the same great noise.   A multitude came together and each one of them heard the disciples speaking in his own language.  “And they were amazed and wondered, saying ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?  And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language … we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”  (Acts 2:7-11)  The disciples were speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance, but each of the men present there heard them speaking in his own native language.
Then Peter, with the other eleven disciples beside him, stood up and addressed the crowd that had gathered about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit prophesied by Joel and about the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus; the men listening were cut to the heart by Peter’s message and about three thousand men became believers that day.  (Acts 2:14-42)  This is the same Peter, who along with the other disciples, had been shut in behind close doors for fear of the jews.  Upon receiving the Holy Spirit, he was transformed in power and became mighty in ministering the word.
My personal pentecost, though less dramatic than the events described in Acts, nevertheless, is the single most powerful event in my life.  I was baptized in the Holy Spirit in the middle of my senior year of high school (quite a while ago).  Early one morning, after hearing my sister’s testimony about the Holy Spirit, I prayed a simple prayer.  I asked Jesus to come into my heart and to baptize me with the Holy Spirit.  I waited for something to happen — though I am not sure now what I expected to happen.  
Nothing seemed to happen in response to my prayer so I figured I would ask again at a later time.
At that point in time, I had very little understanding about the Christian life and even less about the Holy Spirit.  My sister gave me a couple of books to read and so I began to study.  I quickly came to realize there is a cost to becoming a disciple and I started to wrestle with the idea that my life would have to change if decided to really follow Jesus.  I understood that I would have to break with some of my current friends and that I would no longer be able continue doing things that I had grown accustomed to doing.  Over a two month period, I went back and forth in my mind.  

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