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September 20, 2017

Acts 13:1-3   It’s hard to see people go. When God works in a way that someone we love moves on, it hurts. Sometimes a job takes them away, sometimes it’s family. Sometimes God just works in their hearts to do something different.   It’s easy to get angry about moments like this and turn selfish. Paul and Barnabas were feeling God tug at them to go start…

September 19, 2017

Acts 12: 20-25 Herod was a terrible man. He went against God and refused to repent after hearing the gospel on many occasions. He had killed members of the church. Persecuted believers relentlessly. So we see here that God decided to stop his persecution and attacks on the church. He ends Herod’s life. Now some people believe it was a literal drop-dead event. Others…

September 18, 2017

Acts 12:6-19   Peter was in Prison and he was facing death. This is the point when it would probably be okay to get a little disappointed. It might be okay to think it was over. In a Roman prison, multiple guards on duty to watch your every move. No way to escape. On trial under the judgment of a man known for killing believers just for believing. This looks like the…

September 15, 2017

Acts 12:1-5 There is another great moment in the church. People have been spreading the gospel and a new church has sprung up. This church is healthy and caring for people and for the leaders of the church. This is one of those mountain top moments for those involved in the new movement of God. However, as we’ve seen so often, the world reminds us that we don’t belong…

September 14, 2017

Acts 11:19-30 The church had been spread across the nations due to persecution. They had found their way to Antioch and started teaching and preaching there. There were many who heard of Jesus and believed. The Church was growing and this particular gathering was one that was seeing such great life change. The church sent leaders there to help and lead and encourage them.…

September 13, 2017

Acts 11:1-18   In this book, we see for the first time that Gentiles are accepted into the faith. While we all know this today, it was a huge revelation to them at that time. They had understood that for the most part, the people who were called by God were the Jewish people. Now, everyone was welcome to the grace and love of God.   There is a lot in the paper…

September 12, 2017

Acts 10:44-48   Just as big as God speaking and using Gentiles, we see another amazing miracle of God take place in the early growth of the church.   The Holy Spirit, God himself, falls on these Gentiles who have accepted Jesus the same way he fell on the apostles. He comes to them and empowers them to supernatural things for a time to testify of the truth of…

September 11, 2017

Acts 10:9-43   When we read this passage we see a man who was told by God to go get this guy named Peter. Then, we see this guy Peter who had this vision and God tells him to go with the guys and see what this is all about. He gets there, and when he does God has a group full of people looking, ready and eager to hear the gospel. Peter didn’t pass out flyers, he…

September 8, 2017

Acts 10:1-8   This passage is huge. It is huge because as we see, Peter’s heart slowly changing to look at an “unclean” man and live with him, we transition to a man outside the people of God.   Cornelius was a Gentile. Gentiles were outside of God’s covenant. He didn’t speak to them before, and he definitely didn’t give them a calling. In this case,…

September 7, 2017

Acts 9:36-43   The writer of the book of Acts has a funny way of putting things in the stories to show subtle changes in the people he was around. This story is another example of the gifting given to the apostles and the people are believing because of it, but at the very end of this story is a small comment that shows a little change in Peter. He was staying with a…

September 6, 2017

Acts 9: 32-35   As Peter was traveling, he comes across a bedridden man and gives him his health back. What’s so great about this isn’t the miracle, but the response. People see the work of God and they believe because of it. They saw God doing something real, undeniable, and they had to respond.   We may not walk around healing people now. God still heals. But…

September 5, 2017

Acts 9: 26-31 Saul has been changed. God had called him to preach and teach and he was living up to this. He was ready and he was on fire for what God has given him to do. One problem though, no one thought it was real. Saul had spent so much time chasing and hurting those in the church that when they heard he was converted they didn’t believe it. They didn’t want to meet…