The OC Daily Minute (Page 2)

The OC Daily Minute (Page 2)

September 4, 2017

Acts 9: 23-25   Paul was one of the well known Jewish leaders. He was younger, but he had made an impact. They knew who he was and all of a sudden he had converted. He went from being the future poster boy for the religious sect to now representing the movement he once tried so hard to stomp out. He stood among them all and spoke of a risen Jesus. Some loved it. Some…

September 1, 2017

  Acts 9:19-22   One of the hardest things to do is start following Jesus where you’ve maybe made a habit of not doing so. It’s hard to go to the place where your mouth has been foul and start to clean it up. It’s hard to go back to the guys you used to do things with and not join in with the crowd. It’s hard to take those first few steps of…

August 31, 2017

Acts 9:3-18   God does some strange things. In the Old Testament, we see him speak through a donkey. He uses strange people to do weird things and deliver odd messages. However, the book of Acts contains one of the craziest stories about God using someone you’d never expect.   As Saul was on his way to Damascus to find those who had started these churches, God…

August 30, 2017

Acts 9:1-2   We can’t miss how much of a contrast the book of Acts shows us. We see Philip traveling and doing great things in the name of Jesus. People are deciding to follow Jesus. Community is being built. Great things are happening because of the disciple’s faithfulness and we see some of those highlighted in chapter 8. Yet, chapter 9 opens us to…

August 29, 2017

Acts 8:26-40   Philip felt God pull on his heart and he knew he had to leave. He went down and he met a man who was reading an old Jewish scroll. Philip taught the man about Jesus, about the sacrifice that was made, about grace, new life, about baptism and following Jesus. The man’s response was, here is some water, I’d better get baptized.   As a scholar,…

August 28, 2017

Acts 8: 9-25   All the people in Samaria were hearing about the gospel and being saved. Even one prominent member of society,  Simon the Magician. He was known for his fancy shows and for his tricks. However, he was amazed at the power the Holy Spirit had given to the apostles and he believed in Jesus because of it.   After seeing their power, and knowing the…

August 25, 2017

Acts 8:4-8   There was a terrible persecution in Jerusalem of those who believed in Christ. They were being arrested and thrown into prison. So, many of the thousands of believers in Jerusalem started spreading out from the city to safer places where they could live without persecution.   As Philip went out of Jerusalem he found himself teaching and preaching in…

August 24, 2017

Acts 8:1-3 The murder of Stephen wasn’t the end. The church buried him. They had services for him. After that though, a great persecution broke out in Jerusalem against the church. The same man who had approved and signed off on Stephen’s murder now sought to put an end to this Jesus movement so he started hunting down the gatherings. He was searching the cities for those…

August 23, 2017

Acts 7: 54-60 Here was the end result of Stephen’s faithfulness. He was drug out of the temple by the most religious people in the community and stoned to death. They put him in a corner or against a wall. They lined up across from him, smacking and striking him to stay in place. One by one the picked rocks up from the ground and began to throw them at him. The first few…

August 22, 2017

Acts 7:1 – 53 Stephen speaks to his accusers. He’s kind of harsh with them. Sometimes harsh words are needed though. And who can blame him, honestly. He was just snatched up by the very people that crucified Jesus. They now try to silence him as he shares of Jesus’ victory over their schemes. He reminds them of who called them out of Israel. He reminds them of…

August 21, 2017

Acts 6:8 -15 One of the worst parts about dealing with other people is sometimes they fight dirty. Sometimes they say mean things, sometimes hurtful things, but sometimes they just make things up. Like, I do plenty of stupid things on my own, the last thing I need is someone adding to it things that aren’t true. Stephen was teaching people about Jesus and because the…

August 18, 2017

Acts 6:1-7 As the ministry grew, now thousands among them trying to follow Jesus, the leaders of the church had way too much going on. They weren’t preaching, healing, and teaching because they were too busy cleaning tables and feeding widows. Now note, there is nothing wrong with cleaning tables. The disciples were not being snobby, looking at jobs as “beneath” them, but…