Category Archives: Acts

The God to Whom I Belong

Reading about Paul’s Mediterranean cruise this morning in Acts 27. I think he should ask for his money back. Poor sailing conditions. Bad decision making. A “tempestuous wind, called the northeaster.” All leading to being so “storm-tossed” that they “jettison … Continue reading

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Give and Take

Salvation is a gift. Yessir! Absolutely. We are saved through faith, not of our own doing, it is the gift of God. Not a result of works, so that no one can boast. Drop the mic. But this morning, as … Continue reading

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Full

Acts 6 this morning. And I’ve got Stephen on the mind. What grabs me is that he was full. “Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we … Continue reading

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This Life

Chewing on something this morning that I know I’ve read many times before but somehow feel like I’m only noticing for the first time. When Jesus came, according to Mark, He came preaching “the gospel of God” (Mk. 1:14). Matthew … Continue reading

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Belief and Behavior

Been reading a book on asking the right questions when it comes to thinking through how to be intentional in leading people in the church towards following Christ. It’s what we’re commissioned to do, “Go and make disciples” (Matt 28:19-20). … Continue reading

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One Word

They were certain Paul had defiled the temple. Convinced he had brought unbelieving, uncircumcised, and unclean Greeks into the holy place. But it was based only on circumstantial evidence. They had seen Paul earlier with Trophimus the Ephesian. So, when … Continue reading

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Words Without Weight

Itinerant exorcists. It was a thing. Jews who traveled the land expelling demons. Those who used formulaic catch phrases to cast out evil spirits. Jesus was aware of them (Lk. 11:19). They later traveled in the same circles as Paul … Continue reading

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Bridges or Barriers

It irritated Paul. My bible says it “provoked” his spirit within him. It riled him up. He couldn’t keep from being exasperated by it. He couldn’t stem the rising anger. Love the way Peterson puts it: The longer Paul waited … Continue reading

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Illumination not Confirmation

It’s not what he taught that choked them, but all who had listened. The synagogue leaders didn’t object to Paul’s teaching after that first Sabbath when he proclaimed Jesus as the Savior promised through the line of David. They didn’t … Continue reading

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A Tenth and Too Many Gods

So, not quite sure how this is going to come together, but there’s a couple of thoughts racing around my head as I sit back after my readings and reflect. A couple of thoughts that I’m thinking might actually tie … Continue reading

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