Posts from August 2019

Posts from August 2019

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 17 | Some Things Never Change And That Is Good News!

Let me begin by saying the 17th chapter of Acts is a little intimidating to me. So much is happening so fast, as well as setting the tone for things to come. It gives me a new respect for the followers of Christ at that time for two reasons. First, their lives were on the line, meaning every word they spoke could have landed them in prison or worse. Secondly, they had no Pocket New Testament to leaf through for guidance,…

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 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 14 | Finishing What We Start

“…and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled.” Paul and Barnabus began their first missionary journey from the city of Antioch. Chapter 14 describes their effectiveness in several places – time and again they were run out of town. Arriving back in Antioch at the end of their journey, we might think such a trip would have left them worn out, disappointed, discouraged and…

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 with…

Acts 12 | Looking Beyond the Iron Gate

By: Laura Kinder Picture this: Peter is chained between two guards; one on his right and one on his left. In the morning, he will stand before King Herod to be tried and executed; yet Peter is so surrounded by perfect peace, he’s found sleeping! He is faced with death itself, yet remains unmoved. I believe Peter’s confidence was rooted in something other than his circumstances. He was now so firmly secure in the goodness of God and so confident…

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 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 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…