Posts from August 2017

Posts from August 2017

Acts 15 | Conflicts in the Church

If you don’t like conflict, then please don’t read Acts 15! I’m only half joking but seriously, within the verses of this chapter we see two major conflicts. First we have conflict in Antioch between Paul and Barnabas and the church brothers from Jerusalem who came into town preaching the necessity of circumcision for the new Gentile believers. Second, in the later verses of Chapter 15, we see the conflict between Paul and Barnabas over Mark and whether he should…

Acts 13 | We All Want A King

My blog today is from Acts 13: 13-33. Let me begin by saying how instrumental this book has been not only to me but virtually to believers through the entire history of modern man. If you were trapped on a deserted island and only had one book from the Bible, Acts would serve you well. I will concentrate on the latter verses, but I will point out verse 18 which surprised me: “And for about forty years he put up…

Acts 10 | The Gospel and Prejudice

As a Jew, the tenth chapter of Acts has a special place in my heart. It is the account of how God opened the door to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. More importantly, it is the story of how God overcame the prejudice of his servant so that he could cooperate with what the Holy Spirit wanted to do to expand the kingdom of God. As of yet, Peter and the Jerusalem apostles had no understanding God intended to…

Acts 8 | Scattered To The Four Winds

Growing up, my dad reminded me of E.F. Hutton; when he spoke, you listened. He said what he meant, and he meant what he said. His basic premise was, “This is what I expect you to do: you can do it the easy way, or you can do it the hard way.” Unfortunately, I often chose the hard way. However, either way, eventually I carried out my father’s will. In Acts chapter 8, we witness a similar situation. Jesus had…

Acts 5 | How Bold Are You?

“… during the night, an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,“Go and … speak to the people all the words of this Life” (Acts 5.19-20).   I have recently been watching a series of videos from a guy on YouTube named, Nathaniel ‘Coyote’ Peterson. Peterson is a wildlife educator who does some crazy things to get his teachings out to the world. If you haven’t seen him in action, it’s fairly entertaining.…

Back to the Basics, Power With Purpose

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 As we come to Acts chapter 3, let’s take a minute and see all that has transpired since the beginning of the book. In chapter 1, Jesus promises the baptism of the Holy Spirit and his ascension to Heaven. Chapter 1 closes with Matthias…

Luke 24 | Mind Blown!

Have you ever had a moment where you discovered something you hadn’t seen before even though you had looked at it what seems like a million times? I had one of those moments today as I read Luke 24. The chapter is a culmination of the book and spells out in spectacular detail the resurrection of Jesus and his subsequent days spent on earth with his disciples before his ascension into heaven. At the end of the chapter, in verses…

Luke 22 | “And When You Have Turned Back…”

Oh, there are great riches to discover in Luke 22! The physician Luke records in great detail bountiful truth and intimate moments with Jesus. It is almost a shame to have to focus on one part of this chapter, but while reading this passage something jumped out at me that I had never really grasped before. What caught my attention is what Jesus said to Peter after they had taken the Lord’s Supper. Consider the dimly lit room and the…

Luke 19:28-48 | The Love Of Our Savior

Our blog today is from The Gospel of Luke, chapter 19:28-48. I titled this blog The Love of our Savior because of the emotion I feel when reading through it. It opens with what seems at the time to be an incredibly joyous occasion with Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem where his followers cover the very ground his colt will walk on as they shout praises (vs. 38) “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.”…