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Acts 21

In reading this chapter this time I was struck by the detail that Luke recorded the journey to Jerusalem! Luke could have just told us that they left the elders of Ephesus at Miletus and sailed on to Caesarea but he described the journey to us in such a way you knew you were reading

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Acts 20

Paul arrived in Troas waited for the time the church would come together on the first day of the week to “break bread.” The term “break bread” in this context is understood by most scholars as a reference to partaking of the Lord Supper. So the church gathered to take the Lord Supper on the

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Reflections

Today is a day to review and meditate on what we have read this past week. The gospel is now spreading throughout the Roman Empire. The churches that were established were now maturing spiritually. This movement called Christianity that started as very small group in a far corner of the Empire is a growing force,

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A reflection to consider

“Light is useful only when it encounters the darkness. The place to shine your light and show your light and share your light is not inside the church, but outside the church. Jesus tells us to do what he did: go find dark places and start shining. When you’re in the darkness, Jesus shines his

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Acts 19

Paul encounters some who claimed to be disciples, so Paul asked them if they received the Holy Spirit when you believed. Paul question seems to be in connection with spiritual gifts that were given by the laying on of the apostle’s hands. Theses gifts had to be imparted (Rom. 1:11) and Paul made it a

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Acts 18

“He (Apollos) began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.” Apollos was teaching about Jesus but only knew about the baptism of John. It would seem that he was a disciple of John the

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Acts 17

This reading is a good example of how convince people that Jesus is the Messiah and the Son of God! Paul in Thessalonica and Berea used the scriptures to show how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies about the coming Messiah, focusing on how He died and the resurrection. Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 would have been

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Acts 16

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” Here Paul and Silas had been striped, beaten, and then they were placed in stocks deep within the prison. They were most likely in total darkness with backs bleeding knowing they did not deserve what

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Acts 15

After the decision was delivered to Antioch Paul and Barnabas continued their very fruitful work there. After a period of time Paul and Barnabas felt it was time to revisit those churches they had established on their first missionary journey. Barnabas wanted to take John Mark but Paul did not want to take him along

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Reflections

Today is a day to meditate on our readings this past week. The gospel has now spread to the Gentiles and Paul is now playing a major role in spreading the kingdom.

A Reflection to consider

“Like Hansel and Gretel, Jesus drops bread crumbs along the path to knowing him. He offers us symbols, images, pictures, and clues to remind us that he is more than skin and bones. Though he is human, he is not like your next-door neighbor or cranky landlord. He is far different—better—than they. Jesus uses seven

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Acts 14

We see in our reading dealing with both the Jews and the pagan Gentiles created an environment that was dangerous for one to proclaim the gospel! Yet the charge has always been for us to stand and proclaim Christ no matter the cost!!! What took place at Lystra leaves a lot of questions that causes

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Acts 13

“When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.” Some take this statement to mean that God before the creation of of the world predestined the eternal fate of each person and you have no choice in the matter, no

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Acts 12

As the story unfolds in this chapter we find that Peter is also arrested and the plan was to have him executed after the feast. Luke notes how the church gathered and began to pray earnestly that God intervene and help Peter. God answered their prayer and sent an angel to release Peter from prison.

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Acts 11

This chapter reminds me of my hero – Barnabas. It was Barnabas that sold his property to help the poor saints in Jerusalem. It was Barnabas that befriend Saul (Paul) when no was convinced that he had been converted. In this chapter when a mixed congregation of Jews and Gentiles spring up in Antioch it

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Acts 10

The idea that Gentiles would have access to salvation was going to be a very hard pill for Jewish be a very hard pill for Jewish Christians to shallow!! It is going to take an angel, a vision with the Lord speaking, the Spirit,and a display of power like that of Pentecost to convince the

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Reflections

Today is a day to meditate on our readings this past week. The church is now beginning to move out of Jerusalem and now Paul has joined the ranks!

A reflection to consider

“The New Testament is the story of a family: the family of Jesus. God became a part of our family so that we could become a part of his. And just as God used two ordinary women named Ruth and Mary to make a lasting impact on the world, God can use you to make

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Acts 9

Wow! Just think Saul, who was persecuting the disciples, is now a disciple himself! Over the years this amazing turn around of Saul (Paul), that we read about in this chapter, is offered as a witness of the truth about the resurrection. For something truly amazing had to be witnessed by Saul for such a

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Acts 8

This chapter now takes us out of Jerusalem and we see how the gospel begins to spread. Jesus’ charge of Matthew 28 is now taking place, one person at a time. As the disciples traveled they shared the gospel! A pattern for evangelism is now emerging, as we go about our daily lives we look

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