Posts from March 2019

Posts from March 2019

March 29, 2019

It’s easy to talk a lot about prayer. It’s  a whole different thing to actually start praying, though.   Today, instead of reading the devotion, take a few moments and pray. Pray for our city. Pray for the lost. Pray for God to do something great. Pray that God would make us a light in the darkness. Pray for those who visit during our Easter service and pray that he…

March 28, 2019

Acts 12:20-25 The crazy part of this story is how quickly God turns things upside down. At the beginning of the chapter, we see Herod who is in charge and using that authority to put down and persecute the church. He is driving them out of their homes. He is having them arrested and harassed. In many cases, he is killing those who are connected to the church. Yet, by the…

March 27, 2019

Acts 12:12-19   Peter gets free in the streets and ends up running to a place where he knows the disciples will be meeting. He went there to show them what God had done. He went there because he knew they would be worried and praying. He goes there and they don’t believe at first. Yet when he came in no one could deny that it was Peter. He goes on his way after…

March 26, 2019

Acts 12:6-11 James had been killed. Peter was in prison. Things were not looking great for the church. The people could do nothing but pray. They prayed for Peter. They prayed for each other. They prayed for their enemies. Prayer was the only tool they had so they prayed. And in the middle of the night, the very night Peter was to be taken, we see this amazing miracle of…

March 25, 2019

Acts 12:1-5 This was a very scary time for the church. They had immediately seen such amazing things happening and I’m assuming they expected more. It’s only natural to think that when things are going we well as they had been that they would continue to do so. There were other plans at work, though, and the sudden persecution of the church lead to James, one of Jesus’…

March 22, 2019

Acts 11:27-30 Kill them with kindness. It’s not easy. But it’s what they did. The church up north that was doing all the crazy stuff heard about famine in the south and they responded.  They sent relief even though these were some of the people questioning them in the first place. It’s not always easy to be nice to those who’ve wronged you. But we’re still called to it.…

March 21, 2019

Acts 11:22-26   Barnabas is sent to Antioch to check on these new Hellenistic converts. He was sent to make sure everything was alright and that God’s people weren’t doing something foolish. I’m sure he had heard rumors and gossip about the church up north who was doing terrible things. He didn’t listen though. He came to the place, he recognized God was moving, and…

March 20, 2019

Acts 11:19-21 As the church scattered, people started sharing their faith. Some of them continued just speaking to Jews but there was a group who heard what Peter had said and they too began sharing Jesus story with everyone. Sometimes when we’re bold and step out in God’s will we encourage others to do the same. Our faith and trust in God can help others see their path…

March 19, 2019

Acts 11:5-17 Peter, when being confronted about the Gentiles, does the simplest thing. He doesn’t give a big theological case. He doesn’t try to rationalize Gods actions. He just tells his story.   You have a story. It might not be as flashy as Peter’s story was, but you’ve still got one. When God calls you out and sends you to do something to help reach the lost or…

March 18, 2019

Acts 11:1-4 Sometimes the people around you may not understand or agree with what God has asked if you. As long as it’s in His will, doesn’t go against scripture, and helps bring God glory, nothing else matters. Friends opinions don’t matter. Family’s opinions don’t matter. The world’s opinions don’t matter. What matters is the thing God has called us to. God had moved in…

March 15, 2019

It’s hard when you don’t know what exactly God is going to do. We want the answer to what comes next and we want to know that he’s watching out for us, but that’s a hard thing to keep in mind in the midst of life. With all its unknowns and all its dangers, we just want security. We want to know that God is doing something.   In Isaiah 58:11, God reminds his people…

March 14, 2019

They responded diligently.   The Gentiles who heard the word of God responded in the coolest of ways. They got baptized and begged the other Christians to stick around. They wanted to know more. They wanted to learn this new faith. They wanted to figure out what it meant to follow Jesus. They were excited about it, passionate about it.   It’s easy, when you’ve…
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