Posts from August 2018

Posts from August 2018

Acts 18 | The More Excellent Way

As Paul wrapped up his 2nd missionary journey, he met up with Aquila and Priscilla. This husband and wife were Italian Jews who had been sent away from Rome by Claudius along with all other Jewish people. His reason for doing this was probably because of the disturbance among the Jews based on whether Jesus was the Messiah or not. After encountering Paul, Aquila and Priscilla invited him to come and stay in their home with them. They were tentmakers…

Acts 16 | The Logic And Light Of The Gospel

“And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16.10 One evening recently, I went to visit at a new friend’s home in an unfamiliar part of town. Normally, I use my phone’s GPS for those kinds of trips. This time was no exception. It guided me right to his home. I know the city well, but I will admit that I’m…

Acts 11 | …”And Don’t Call Me Shirley”

Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story:   “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance, I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles, and birds. Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’…

Acts 9 | Blinded By The Light

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”  Acts 9:15-16 Last year you may remember all the hype and excitement about the eclipse. Everyone was selling “eclipse approved” eye shields so we could look directly at the sun and see the movement of…

Acts 8 | When The Gospel Goes, The Spirit Flows

“I don’t understand why I don’t see the miracles here that people see in other places.” My friend sat across the lunch table visibly frustrated. I’ve heard people say this type of thing before. The lament is that we hear of such great miracles in other countries, such as Africa or Latin America. So why do we not see many of these kinds of miracles here in the United States? I understand the frustration. But there seemed to be something…
Neil Silverberg

Acts 6 | A Subtle Attack

The early chapters of Acts record the first advances of the Gospel after our Lord died, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and poured out his Spirit on the Church. It is a rather idyllic account of the powerful workings of the Spirit of God through the ministry of the apostles. One can easily assume that such movements of the Spirit will continue unimpeded as the Church continues its forward progress. But such a romantic view of these early…

A Name For The Lame

And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I…

Luke 20 | Between A Rock And A Hard Place

“But he looked directly at them and said, ‘What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Luke 20: 17-18 I remember several years ago listening to a sermon where the preacher was speaking against the heresy of trying to present Jesus in a more “user-friendly” way to people. He said…