Acts 17: Shaping Others

In each place Paul traveled, he went directly to the town synagogue and used the Old Testament scriptures to prove that Jesus Christ was the Messiah they were waiting for. “As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,...

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Acts 16: Obedient to the Call of God

It is becoming harder and harder to pick one part of the chapter to discuss in each blog entry! In this chapter, Timothy joins Paul; a vision from the Holy Spirit directs Paul; a worshipping business-woman is converted and starts the first church her region; a young girl is delivered...

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Acts 15: Do Christians Have To Be Circumcised??

This chapter raises an interesting point. Many Jews were being saved as the message of Jesus Christ was spreading. Some newly converted Jewish teachers, however, were then teaching others that  in order to be a true Christian one had to add the Jewish traditions to their Christian faith. The Apostles met and considered...

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Acts 14

“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God… Paul and Barnabas taught the disciples and strengthened them with these words.” Acts 14:22-23 This teaching would not encourage church growth in our time! The Apostles told people to expect suffering, persecution, and giving up all they had...

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Acts 13 MAGIC

Sorcery and sorcerers are super popular today. Sorcery is the art of exercising supernatural power by spells and magic. In Acts 13, Paul met a man named Bar-Jesus who was a sorcerer and a false-prophet. It’s interesting that he called himself Bar-Jesus meaning “son of Jesus…”  He clearly knew that Jesus was...

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Acts 12

<><><> <><><> Church service in an African prison <><><> PRISON BREAK!Peter’s miraculous escape from prison is an amazing example of God’s power to accomplish the seemingly impossible! God is the supreme creator of the universe and he holds the entirety of his creation in his hand. Is anything, then, out...

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Acts11

“You ate in the house of uncircumcised men (meaning, not Jews)” verse 3“Kill and eat” verse 7“Do not call anything impure that God has made clean” verse 9 God was going to great lengths in this chapter to make sure that the Disciples knew that the message of salvation through...

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Acts 10

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues...

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Acts 9

The story of Saul’s conversion is amazing! Here is a man who is a serial-killer who targets Christians… who gets targeted by God and brought to his knees! There is no one outside of God’s reach!! There is no excess of sin that His blood cannot wash away, there is no hardened...

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Acts 8

“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” Acts 8:26 “The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.'” Acts 8:29 There are no chance meetings as Christ’s Ambassadors. The Believer’s ear is...

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Acts 7

How could it be, that even in the midst of being arrested, testified against by false witnesses, and having served the people by miracles, that Stephen could speak the words he spoke? “At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at...

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Acts 6

I’ve never noticed this verse before, “a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.” verse 7. The Apostles knew that God had called them to fast, pray and minister the word. When the need arose for workers to distribute food to the widows, men who were full of the...

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Acts 5

[There is so much in this chapter!! Where to begin?? ] But isn’t the New Testament about mercy and forgiveness? What about grace and second chances??Chapter 4 ends with a wonderfully loving picture of Believers sharing and witnessing in power and divine unity. Chapter 5 is a jarring wake up...

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Acts 4

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John…realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished” Acts 4:13 WOW! The [fishermen, tradesmen] disciples were bold in front of the well-educated Pharisees and accomplished Roman leaders! It’s easy to feel confident when you are “qualified.”  But being “spiritual” is...

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