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Thursday, May 22, 2014

During this week when we mark the dedication
of the Sanctuary of Fourth Presbyterian Church
100 years ago, we share these words by
John Timothy Stone, Pastor of Fourth Church,
preached during the Sunday, May 17, 1914, worship service

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:13
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

The power of God as revealed in human enterprise and human efforts  is a power which has been demonstrated even more clearly as the ages have advanced. But we must remember that the power of God is the power of the Holy Spirit.

Only a few were really privileged to come into personal contact with the human physical Christ, but the great, broad world is coming in contact with God the Father, and God the Son, through God the Holy Spirit.

The power of God is not a mere influence which people have suggested. The power of God is the incarnation of God’s self in the lives of God’s followers, even as they have become the temples of the Holy Ghost. The temples in which we worship God are secondary, for this is the great temple which God has given to us, the temple which is our body, and within that body God dwelleth eternally, unchangeably.

God is the God not only of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but is our God and Father. God is our Savior, our Sanctifier, our Comforter, our God. The Holy Spirit of God is present. We are led here together by the Holy Spirit. That Holy Spirit is uplifting our thoughts as now we consider God’s power.

The Holy Spirit is here to bless and to guide and to comfort and to govern and to relate and to organize and to construct. But the Holy Spirit is here that we may be hopeful—hopeful for the present, hopeful for the future.

You know we pray for your Holy Spirit’s presence, O God, but remind us we ought to pray for a full recognition of the Spirit’s presence, for the Spirit is here, here in this very house. Amen.

By John Timothy Stone
Pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church (1909–1930)

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