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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…

Acts 7 | You Stiff-Necked People

Stephen presents a short synopsis of God’s interaction with Israel, and Israel’s response to God. Oh, how we wish it was one of God offering nothing but goodness and Israel responding in love and obedience. God certainly offered goodness and rescue at every turn to Israel, but Israel would not respond in love and obedience.  Stephen points out that the history of scripture is that of God promising goodness to his people and fulfilling those promises while Israel seems determined…

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…

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.…

Acts 4 | Power Came from These House Churches

Supernatural things happen when believers meet together in homes. The gatherings that the early believers experienced in their homes and in public meetings were not just to make them feel good. From these humble meetings came a power that changed the community. The fellowship, teaching, breaking of bread and prayer that built these believers up would also burst forth from their lives into the lives of others around them. This was so true that “the Lord added to their number…

Acts 3 | 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…

Acts 2 | Will You Join Him?

Chapter 2 of the book of Acts begins by describing the coming of the Holy Spirit. There is a suggestion here, that the Spirit’s activity is most evident (filling the entire house) when believers gather in Jesus’ name. People from every ethnic group (every nation) “hear” the sound of the Spirit and are thus able to hear those same believers communicate the “mighty works of God”. This is truly a reversal of Babel (Gen. 10.1-11.25) when languages were confused due…

Acts 1 | Jesus is Still at Work

The book of Acts is a fascinating account of the life of the early first-century church.  It highlights the work of the Spirit of God powerfully advancing the gospel beyond every barrier. We can better interpret its message when we see the author’s theme and his arrangement of the book’s contents. The theme is essentially a historical narrative on the beginnings of the church and the expansion of the Gentile mission.  What is included by the author is therefore selective in order…

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 23 | Justice in the Injustice

By: Garner Fritts It’s a sad but true fact that injustice goes on in our world all the time. Corrupt leaders pervert Biblical principles of fairness when they practice extortion, bribery and a myriad of other unlawful deeds. Far too often the innocent is punished while the corrupt go free and clear. There is no greater example of this than when our blessed Redeemer stood trial and was thereafter crucified at the hands of merciless sinners. The beloved physician Luke…