We often hear people argue that they don't need Jesus since they are fine just the way that they are. "I like the way my life is right now. I don't see why I ought to change," they say. Ah, the "benefits" of sin. Of course they don't want to change, why trade all that … Continue reading The Benefits of Sin
Read Acts 5:1-20 Key Verse: Acts 5:20 “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life.” (NLT) The early church had it’s share of problems. Everything was not perfect for them. They were being persecuted by the Jews and the Romans, and even within the church there were problems. Annanias and Sapphira … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 7 — Power Despite Problems
Sitting in the church service, surrounded by all kinds of different people, I discovered something that had a dramatic impact on my life. These people, the mourners at this funeral, expressed their sadness and loss in many different ways; tears of pain, silent contemplation, sobbing, and wailing. In the midst of it all, nothing was … Continue reading Don’t Wait, Say It Now!!
Read Acts 4:21-37 Key Verse: Acts 4:29 “And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give your servants great boldness in their preaching.” (NLT) When the believers knew that Peter and John were free they praised God and prayed together. It seemed to them that everyone was against Jesus. The government was against Him. The … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 6 — Threat or No Threat
Read Acts 4:1-20 Key Verse: Acts 4:20 “We cannot stop telling about the wonderful things we have seen and heard.” (NLT) Jesus became a real obstacle for many people. They didn't understand Him and they refused to believe in Him. This caused people to get upset when the disciples preached about Jesus and even did … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 5 — Will You Be Recognized?
Read Acts 3:1-26 Key Verse: Acts 3:6 “But Peter said, ‘I don’t have any money for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!’” (NLT) The crippled beggar asked for money so he could buy food for himself but instead of giving him … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 4 — More Than Gold
There is a hole. A deep, dark hole at the bottom of which everyone of us is born. This hole is sin and it means to keep us away from God. The sides of the hole are loose and unstable. There is no way for any person to climb out of their own personal … Continue reading The Hole Part 1: Escape
Read Acts 2:29-47 Key Verse: Acts 2:38 “Peter replied, “Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (NLT) Through the power of the Holy Spirit Peter … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 3 — Drawing Closer to God
Read: Ephesians 1:9-14 God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. Ephesians 1:9 NLT Despite what some people might think, God is not all that concerned about pleasing us. Sure we have every reason to feel pleased when we think about Him and all He … Continue reading The Master’s Plan #2: God’s Plan is Meant For His Own Pleasure
“A sign was fastened above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against him. It read: ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews’.” Matthew 37:37 (NLT) It is important for all of us to recognize the means by which Jesus paid the price for our sins. By dying on the cross, He not only paid our … Continue reading The Four Nails of The Cross