Choosing Sides?

"Then He breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit" 

John 20:22
Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; I Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23

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Pentecost Sunday, B

During World War II, Joe Louis, the champion heavyweight boxer, was one of several celebrities scheduled to say a few words at a fund-raising rally for the Navy Relief Society. “I was nervous,” Louis said. “I didn’t know what to say. Somebody told me the President would be listening on the radio, so I especially wanted to get my speech off to a good start. Just before I was called to the mic, I asked a friend sitting next to me how to start. He told me to say something upbeat about the war, like, ‘My fellow Americans, God is on our side!’ As I walked up to the stage, I stumbled on the steps and lost my concentration, so instead, when I got to the mic, I said, ‘My fellow Americans, we are on God’s side.'” Mr. Louis may have stumbled on the steps but didn’t stumble at the mic. It’s never a question whether “God is on our side.” Instead, it’s a…

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