Posts from October 2017

Posts from October 2017

October 31, 2017

Acts 21:28- 22:21   Paul’s greatest gift wasn’t a logical idea, it wasn’t scripture of how they would know God, it was simply his story.   Paul asked to address his accusers and when he did he went through the way God worked in his life. I told how God had stopped him and given him a call to go out to the entire world. He fell back on the one thing…

October 30, 2017

Acts 21:27-36   His accusers didn’t have any true complaints. So they lied. They made up charges and they had him arrested and beaten under false pretense. The “Jews from Asia” were probably the people from Ephesus where Paul had done a great deal of ministry. They hated him there and they hated him here. They aroused the crowds and started another riot.  …

October 27, 2017

  Acts 21:17-26   The same struggles with the same people. Paul was reaching the lost and teaching people about Jesus and some of the Jewish men and women heard about it and had issues. Paul wasn’t teaching them about Moses. He wasn’t making them observe the law. They were angry. So the apostles there tell Paul to shave his head, follow the rules,…

October 26, 2017

Acts 21: 1-16   Paul knew what was coming. He had warnings. He had signs. He knew he was going to be hurt in Jerusalem. He knew they would find him. He knew it all. And he decided to go.   People who loved him and who loved Jesus told him not to go. They begged him. They pleaded with him. They told him how crazy this was. They implored him to reconsider. Two…

October 25, 2017

Acts 20:17-38   Paul got to see the people from Ephesus. It was a sad moment really. He told them his current trip would be his last. He warned them of people who would come after them with twisted ideas. He cared for these people and the had a very emotional and raw moment together, praying, weeping, lamenting, and encouraging each other. He knew what was going to…

October 24, 2017

Acts 20:7-17   This story is great. Paul is preaching until the early hours of the morning and one poor young guy is so tired he falls asleep and rolls back out of a third-floor window and dies. Paul rushes down and brings him back to life.   And you thought our services go long! You may feel like you’re dying, this guy did.   I love, though, what Paul does…

October 23, 2017

Acts 20: 1-6   I wonder if Paul was lonely. He sent people off to places. Everyone he poured into and cared for would eventually take off on the mission of spreading the gospel as well so they were all doomed to leave eventually. Paul poured out his life for other people and I wonder sometimes if he just wanted someone to stick around and be with him.   Change…

October 20, 2017

Acts 19: 21 -41   Ulterior motives are an ugly thing. In this story, one city goes into a riot because a few guys who made money off the temple saw business going down. They sold statues of the gods and goddesses and when they realized people weren’t buying they blamed Paul. Paul had brought down their business by telling people the statues they prayed to…

October 19, 2017

Acts 19: 11- 20   I love this story. These Jewish guys who do exorcisms found this possessed person and thought they’d try throwing out Jesus name to see if it worked. They get this possessed guy and they give it a try and the response is amazing. He beats them up, strips them naked, kicks them out into the streets because they don’t have any authority. There are a…

October 18, 2017

Acts 19: 1-10   So Paul shows up to meet this guy named Apollos and when he does they all receive the Holy Spirit. 12 guys, living in Asia Minor, all decide to follow Jesus and help Paul as he tries to reach the lost.   These guys spent two years teaching there with Paul. They saw awesome things happen. The entire area knew who they were and more importantly…

October 17, 2017

Acts 18: 24-28   This is such a random but beautifully placed passage. In the middle of Paul’s story, we see this random note about Apollos.   He was not a convert of Paul. He didn’t even know Paul. But Paul’s work made a difference in his life. He was teaching and preaching about John the Baptist still. A few of Paul’s disciples saw him, talked to him…

October 16, 2017

Acts 18:1-17   Paul moved on to Corinth. There he spent a year being reviled. Despised. Hated. And eventually beaten. He did the work God had called him to do. He taught people. He taught others the things Jesus had commanded.   The whole story here is about Paul going on trial, the Jews accusing him, the city’s leaders refusing to hear the case, and…
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