Posts from August 2017 (Page 2)

Posts from August 2017 (Page 2)

August 15, 2017

Acts 5:1-11   One of the hardest passages to read is the one about Ananias and Sapphira. Among everyone else who was selling and giving of the own riches, these two devised a scheme to look like they were being part of the community when they really weren’t.   The two sold extra land as so many others had done. Instead of giving the proceeds to the church…

August 14, 2017

Acts 4:32-37   By the time we wrap up chapter 4, the author comes back to a very important point of the early church’s emphasis. He repeats a similar theme, in that the church was all together, they took care of each other, and the world around them was changing.   Do you see the world changed because of your faith? Maybe not in drastic ways, but at all? Are…

August 11, 2017

Acts 4:23-31   After Peter and John are released, they go back to their homes and meet with other followers. They pray. They seek God. But what they pray for is probably the most amazing part of this passage.   They don’t pray for the suffering to stop. Instead, they pray for the boldness to keep going in the midst of the suffering. They pray that God would help…

August 10, 2017

Acts 4:1-22   This should be a great moment, right? Jesus has healed a man, the two apostles are teaching to crowds of people. They’ve just finished explaining who Jesus was, and the offer for hope that he has given. We’re expecting another story like before, where thousands of people were saved and the church grows and good things happen to good people. Nope.  …

August 9, 2017

Acts 3:11-26   The Apostles, now standing next to a man healed by the Spirit of God and bouncing around like crazy in excitement, have obviously drawn a crowd. People are looking, listening, and know something is up. This was the guy who was lame. This is the beggar they passed on their way in. Some of them had been passing by him for years. Now he’s standing up and…

August 8, 2017

Acts 3:1-10   Two of the apostles were headed to the temple and along the way, they see an opportunity. A lame man had been there, all of his life, begging for charity from the people who came by to worship. He sees the two men coming, and like so many before, he reaches out and asks them for anything they can spare.  The Apostles stop.   First off, that’s where…

August 7, 2017

Acts 2:42-47   If you haven’t yet, take a moment to read the scriptures above. Look at the kind of community the early church experienced. Look at the level of dedication they had. See how important things we take for granted were to them. They prayed together, broke bread together, studied together, suffered together, rejoiced together, and had all things in common.…

August 4, 2017

Acts 2: 14-41 The Apostles, gifted with this ability to speak across cultures and nations to anyone who would listen, now turns to Peter who gives a beautiful first message of the church. He tells them of Jesus, the one they had crucified. He tells them about his resurrection. He tells them that they were wrong, but now have the opportunity to repent, be baptized, and…

August 3, 2017

Acts 2:1 – 13 Jesus had given these 12 men an impossible mission. He asked them to reach the world. The twelve of them, if they dropped everything right there, and start working would not be able to reach the entire world. Surely this had to be a mistake, right? As they sat waiting for Jesus, for the first time, the Spirit of God moved among these 12 men. They were…

August 2, 2017

Acts 1:12-26 Judas screwed up. He hurt a lot of people. He was in the twelve. He was part of the inner circle. They trusted him with the money. He was one of them. And he so quickly, so heinously, so selfishly turned on them all. The wound was deep. God made good things of it, yes, but you have to wonder if that cast doubts. Was he the only one who doubted? I mean even…

August 1, 2017

Acts 1:6-11  – What I Want   This is a crazy hard scene to put yourself into. Jesus is about to leave. He’s promised them this is for their good, he’s promised them something better is coming, but they didn’t understand it. I’m sure he tried to explain it better. But some things just cannot be explained. How do you explain the sunset over an ocean? How do you…
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