encouragement = To encourage is to give active help or to raise confidence to the pointwhere one dares to do what is difficult. New Oxford American Dictionary Everyone will needs it. As we wrap up the book of Acts we see a number of places where Paul is in need of courage. His ministry was coming to a peak of influence and controversy. Things got really crazy, pretty violent. … Continue reading

NT reading for week of March 7th

This week we’ll be starting our three week look at the book of Romans. Great theological book. It covers so much: the gospel, justification, sin, worship, godly relationships. Looking forward to it. Monday the 7th — Acts 26 Tuesday the 8th — Acts 27 Wednesday the 9th — Acts 28 Thursday the 10th — Romans … Continue reading

Correcting and being Corrected

Who wants to be corrected?? Who wants to do the correcting? Most of us hesitate a bit before we do either of these. Sometimes that’s smart because not everything need correction. Still there are times we must move forward. In Acts 18:26 we have a great example of both sides. The two sides did really … Continue reading

NT reading for week of Feb 20th

Hey the verse of the week last week for me was Acts 12:5 …”and the church was fervent in prayer for Peter.” I was so impressed by the early church’s commitment to pray. Things were bad. They needed to pray. Good word for me to lift up my church. What was your verse of the … Continue reading

Things we need to do as leaders in the church

What are the essential things we should be doing as leaders, as stewards of God’s church. Paul does some wise things we should take note on. Acts 14:21b-23 “they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch,22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through … Continue reading

Acts 12: the prayer of faith?

This chapter in Acts contains the story of Peter being thrown in prison by Herod. This was a scary episode for the young church. James the brother of John had already been martyred by Herod. So this king moved to imprison more of the church because he saw that the Jews liked it. He was … Continue reading

250 miles

Acts 11 marks the spread of the Gospel. From the first days of the concentration in Jerusalem and Galilee we are seeing in Acts how the followers of Christ are taking the message further and further away. In chapter ten Peter breaks new territory. He opens the door for Gentile to be believers. It takes … Continue reading

The changing focus in Acts

Something happens in the book of Acts starting in Chapter six. The focus changes. The main characters are different. Up to this point in this book the church is mainly Jewish followers of Christ. Now in chapter six we begin to hear about the Grecian Jews. Who were these people? The notes from the NET … Continue reading