Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I read recently of a certain church that was assembled for worship at the appointed hour on Sunday morning. The congregation was seated; the choir was in place; the prelude of the organist had just concluded; they were ready for the call to worship to begin. But the pastor was conspicuously absent.
One usher asked another in the back of the church, "Where's the pastor?" The same question rippled through the congregation. At last one of the deacons decided to slip back to the pastor's study to see if the pastor had become ill. As he quietly approached the pastor's study, he found the door ajar. He heard the pastor in prayer, pleading with God, "O, God, I will not preach today without your anointing. I'm going to tarry here until you endue me with power from on high."
As the deacon heard the pastor pray, he decided to return to the worship service and address the congregation. As he stood before the assembly of people, he said, "The pastor is in his study. He is praying and waiting upon God and seeking the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon his message. Let us wait and let us pray, for I believe that when he comes we will see a manifestation of God in this place today."
After fifteen minutes or so the pastor entered the worship center with a heavenly glow on his face. When he preached that morning the glory of God came down upon that service as it had never before happened in the life of that church. Why do you think it happened that way? Because the pastor and the people "tarried...until."
The resurrected Christ said to His disciples, "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." This evening I want to talk to you about this word "tarry" -- "...tarry...until ye be endued with power...."
The word "tarry" comes from the Greek word "meno." This Greek word is used quite frequently in the New Testament. I ...
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