"Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2:12b A little fear and trembling might just be what we need today. A healthy measure of humility and understanding when it comes to our view of ourselves and those around us. We have a bad habit of focusing too much attention on what other … Continue reading You Focus On You
Read Acts 21:27-40 Key Verse: Acts 21:38 “Aren’t you the Egyptian who led a rebellion some time ago and took four thousand members of the Assassins out into the desert?” (NLT) Paul was not in Jerusalem very long before the different prophecies that were given to warn him about going there were fulfilled. Last time … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 36 — A Case of Mistaken Identity
Read Acts 21:1-26 Key Verse: Acts 21:13 “But he said, ‘Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! For I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but also to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” (NLT) The apostle Paul was perfectly prepared in his heart to end up in … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 35 — How Far Would You Go?
Read Acts 20:25-38 Key Verse: Acts 20:29 “I know full well that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock.” (NLT) Paul continues explaining to the leaders of the church in Ephesus that not only must he go on to Jerusalem, as the Holy Spirit is … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 34 — Watch Out!
Read Acts 20:1-24 Key Verse: Acts 20:22-23 “And now I am going to Jerusalem, drawn there irresistibly by the Holy Spirit, not knowing what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit has told me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.” (NLT) Throughout this passage we read about the travels of Paul … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 33 — Irresistible?
Read Acts 19:23-41 Key Verse: Acts 19:26 “As you have seen and heard, this man Paul has persuaded many people that handmade gods aren’t gods at all...” (NLT) Paul’s preaching and teaching about Jesus in Ephesus was going very well. Many people believed what he was telling them, so many in fact, that the local … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 32 — Bad For Business
Read Acts 19:1-22 Key Verse: Acts 19:6 “Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.” (NLT) Paul was continuing to do great and wonderful things in the name of Jesus. We are told in these few verses that he preached boldly … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 31 — It’s a Hands-On Kind of Thing
Read Acts 18:1-28 Key Verse: Acts 18:9 “One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told, ‘Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent!” (NLT) Paul had tried and tried to convince the Jewish people that they had been wrong about Jesus and that He really was the Messiah that they were … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 30 — A Message From The Lord
Read Acts 17:16-33 Key Verse: Acts 17:32 “When they heard Paul speak of the resurrection of a person who had been dead, some laughed, but others said, ‘We want to hear more about this later.” (NLT) When we want to share our faith with others we are often nervous and hesitant because we are afraid … Continue reading Acting Out: Day 29 — Some Laughed and Others Believed
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