Acts Chapter 2008
By Albert Friend
Last evening, I visited the home of a Catholic friend. When he was in the hospital some years ago, I prayed for him and he was healed. We became friends for life. I later took part in a healing service in his church, the largest Catholic Church in Hamilton, Ohio. Since then some from that church visited my church when I was pastor.
My friend is one of the many Catholics who have received the Holy Ghost speaking with Tongues. There are many thousands of them. The meeting in his home is for Spirit-filled Catholics. There were five Catholics present and myself. The common denominator is speaking with tongues. Because my friend loves me they all love me. As long as they love me and listen to my witness I will be patient with them.
My mission is to spread the message Jesus gave the Apostles in Luke 24:45-49. It is Jesus’ Doctrine given to them to preach in the entire world. It is called The Apostles Doctrine. It is the message that has kept me through all my temptations for 58 years and I am still serving Him. I am separate and I love it.
Last night the door opened wider than it ever has. Another close Catholic friend who is reaching out from the Catholic Church for more knowledge asked a question about the Day of Pentecost. “What was it?”
Wow! Al Friend, the garage door is open. Drive on in!
Now here are some Catholics who love the fact that they have spoken with tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. They are hungry and want to know more. The only place to go is Acts chapter two. They all bring their Catholic Bible to this meeting so they are anxious to read in their own Bible.
Today, there are so many different translations these men are ready to hear other translations that are not their own. Everyone in the room has experienced the Holy Ghost in Acts 2:1-4. They have spoken with tongues. I often quote it to them knowing I am on good ground. I follow up with the question, Men and brethren what shall we do.
This time, they ask, “What do we do?”
I said, “Let’s read it from your Bible in Acts 2:37-41.”
A leader among them turned in his Bible and read… (I thrilled at his voice speaking Acts 2:38.)
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
I told them “The Church in Rome was started on the day of Pentecost.”
They asked, “What is Pentecost?”
It was late so I was brief. I told them it was a feast day God gave Moses 1500 years before. God needed a Feast of Pentecost to pour out His Spirit. I left it there for them to think about…
The evidence is in God’s Word and revelation is from God. When knowledge appears my lips are released and my mouth is opened. Then I speak His Word.
“0 Lord, open Thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth Thy praise. For Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it Thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, 0 God, Thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:15-17)
From, “Apostolic Writers’ Digest” /Page 8/June 2008, by Albert Friend