God has a plan for each person. He will lead you, as a Christian, to other people who needs to hear about Jesus. It is very important that we listen to and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit. God has people in mind that he wants us to speak to, and by following [...]
Some people think its the end of the world when Christians have a dispute. We, as human beings, will have disputes from time to time. Some disputes involve theology and some pertain to other things such as the election of deacons, who mows the church lawn, and so forth.
Paul, Barnabas and other Christians [...]
In Acts 14, we continue studying the missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas as they travel from city to city, preaching God’s Word.
You may recall in Acts 13 how we learned that some people will not accept the Word when it is presented to them. I once gave the plan of salvation to [...]
Sometimes when you are a witness for God, when you preach or teach, you’ll sometimes be met with increasing resistance from those who are offended. This should not prevent you from spreading the Word to those who will lend an ear. We see this message laid out for us in Acts 13.
Paul, Barnabas [...]
I conclude a review of Acts 12 today and what a conclusion it is. Recapping, Peter had been imprisoned by Herod. 16 men, at various times, were appointed to guard Peter around the clock. While it doesn’t explicitly say, it implies that Peter would be put to death the next day. While Peter was [...]
To please the masses, Herod has taken Peter as prisoner. Herod intended to make a spectacle of Peter the following day. In doing so, he ordered “four quaternions” to guard Peter.
The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown commentary says this about four quaternions:
“…that is, to four parties of four each, corresponding to the four Roman watches; two [...]
Typically, I try to cover one chapter per day. However, there are many points to be made regarding Acts chapter 12, so I imagine I will write about this chapter over the next couple of days.
First, lets read verse 1-3, since it is especially pertinent in the time we now live in:
We studied in Acts chapter 10 how the Gospel had come to the Gentiles. It began very small. An angel appeared to one man and asked him to find Paul (and actually provided him directions). The angel also appeared to Paul and told him to go with the men when they got there. Paul [...]
In Acts chapter 10, God performs several miracles to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles. [...]
Reading through Acts chapter 9, I see a prominent theme that nothing is impossible for God. Nothing is too great for God.
In Acts 9, Saul, who stood by during the stoning of Stephen, travels to Damascus to imprison and kill more Christians. On the way, God appeared to Saul in a bright, mid-day [...]