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n e w c h u r c h l i f e : m ay / j u n e 2 0 1 8 the operation of the Holy Spirit upon us is constant, never wavering in its strength or purpose; it is only up to us to receive it and act upon it. Finally, we feel the influence of the Holy Spirit when we are fully committed to the Word, when we see it coming to life through a working knowledge of its contents and the revelation of its spiritual sense, and when we let its powerful truths affect the way we think and talk and act, whether on our own or with others. So the Lord’s prophecy of His own indwelling Spirit will be realized, and His final message in the Gospel of Matthew will be fulfilled where He said: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (17-20) Amen. The Rev. Michael D. Gladish is pastor of the Washington New Church Society and School in Mitchellville, Maryland, where he lives with his wife, Virginia (de Maine). He has been a pastor in Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia; Los Angeles, California; the Olivet New Church in Toronto, Canada; the Calgary New Church in Alberta, Canada; and the Dawson Creek Society in British Columbia, Canada. He is regional pastor for the Southeastern United States. Contact: mdgladish@gmail.com 204