The OC Daily Minute (Page 2)

The OC Daily Minute (Page 2)

November 7, 2017

Acts 25: 1-12   The new guy in town didn’t know Paul. He didn’t know the story. All he heard were vicious lies and deceit about who Paul was and what he had done. For days on end, he spent time with the religious leaders as they tried so hard to persuade them to see things their way. They were doing their best to bias his opinion of Paul before he ever laid eyes on…

November 6, 2017

Acts 24:1-27   Paul finally got his day. He was able to speak his piece here. He had been dragged around and beaten over a false accusation and finally, before a Roman authority Paul was able to speak. He did so clearly. He did so boldly. He simply asked them, what did you see? You heard rumors, and you listened to liars, but what did YOU see that gives reason for…

November 3, 2017

Acts 23:23-35   Paul had clearly won favor with the Roman centurion. He was staying under his protection while the Jews attempted to have him imprisoned and killed.   They came up with a plot to kill him and gathered together 40 men sworn to kill Paul. They came up with a plan to have Paul moved and when the Romans were moving him, they would ambush the men and…

November 2, 2017

Acts 22:30 – 23:11   If you’re one of the people who only reads the devotional and not the text, go read the text today. It’s amazing. Paul was so good at seeing people, their hang-ups, and their hearts. The crowd of religious leaders who were accusing him and asking for his death were divided among themselves. He knew that these two groups hated each other…

November 1, 2017

Acts 22:22-29   People who don’t like you, or what you stand for, will sometimes stop at nothing to shut you up. Especially when the things your faith calls you to live for are in direct opposition to theirs.   In this passage, Paul was speaking truth but they couldn’t stand it. They rashly called for him to be pulled down and flogged. They were ready to punish…

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…