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Acts 4-10-Judgement in the New Testament!😳

Tuesday’s reading, chapter 5, stuck out for me this week!  I have read the story of Ananias and Sapphira many times, but this time it disturbed me enough to ponder it further.

To be honest, I was surprised at Peter.  He seemed almost cold to the fact that two people just died in front of him.  And, boy, was God quick to judge and sentence!  That couple died for lying!! Isn't that crazy??

Maybe the story hit me harder this time because it shows the full character of God.  It shows a side to him that we have forgotten about in our Christian culture today where all we hear about is God's love.  I hear people say often, "I want to be more like Jesus, full of grace and mercy."

The interesting thing about the story of Ananias, Sapphira, and their judgment is that this is a story in the New Testament! It's not an Old Testament story pre-Christ, of God’s wrath.  It's a New Testament story that demonstrates God still takes sin very seriously, even in the church! Pet…

John 19-Acts 3 - More thoughts about the Holy Spirit...

I think the timing of the reading about the Holy Spirit, has been God divine for me!  I am in school right now and the topic I am studying is all about the Triune God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The writers of my school reading talk about how Western Christians don't really know what to do with the knowledge of the Holy Spirit.  We have a pretty good grasp of what God has revealed of himself from the Old Testament, what he has revealed of himself through Jesus in the New Testament, but we get a little foggy on how he has revealed himself through the Holy Spirit.

I guess that is why I perked up when I read, Acts1:2 & 4 this week,
 "I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen."(1:2) "On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promi…

John 12-18- Does the Holy Spirit live in Me?

Have you ever wondered if the Holy Spirit truly lives in you?  I have!  I mean....I am guessing he does...after all Jesus says he does. We read about that this week in John 14:17b, "But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you."  

Yet, I get self-reflective at times and wonder if he really does because, I question if I exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in my life (Gal 5:22-23). I may exhibit some of them some of the time, but never all of them all of the time. And I certainly don't exhibit the Spirit by speaking in tongues or with prophecy (1 Cor. 12:4-10) at my weekly church service!  In addition, when I first heard the word of God, I didn't start speaking in tongues and praising God as those did in the household of Cornelius (Acts 10:46).  My conversion was quite uneventful in comparison.

So, what confirmation do I have that the Holy Spirit lives in me?  Well, the answer was in our reading in that same section I first mentioned, chapter 14!!  I love wh…

John 6-11- "Does having faith take work?"

Looking back at my notes for the week, I noticed I did the most writing on Tuesday, chapter 6.
If you have a day where you wrote a lot of notes, I would love to hear them!!

I think that John 6 is one of the hardest chapters of the whole gospel!  There are a lot of theological points one can dive into.  Apparently, I am not the only one who thought there were some hard concepts there. People of that time were so put off by what Jesus said, they stopped following him (vs.66).
The verses that really stood out to me was, "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will...give you.", "Then they asked him, What must we do to do the works God requires?"  Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." (6:27-29)
I think it's interesting that Jesus uses the words "The work of God is this: to believe..."  We all know that "works" don't get us into heav…

Luke 22-John 4- A Great Example on How to Share Jesus with Others

But! Holidays always throw me off! I wrote this yesterday but forgot to post! Happy Veterans Day!

This week of reading had a lot of great points to think on, but again, what I read today is fresh in my mind and worthy of comment.

Jesus says to the woman at the well regarding the Messiah, "I, the one speaking to you- I am he." (John 4:26). Then she goes back to her town and says, "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.  Coud this be the Messiah?" (John 4:29)

At first, I read those verses thinking, "How can she still be asking?  He told her straight out!  Did she not believe him? Did she need others to validate her feeling?  Did she value other's opinions so much that she couldn't make a decision on her own from the proof given?

But then....my thinking completely flipped.  She did believe Jesus!  She was so excited to have others meet the Messiah, in her zeal, she left her jar!
I then started analyzing how she went about sharing the news.  S…

Luke 15-21-Don't worry, I've got this!

I was going to comment on what God expects from his followers (Luke 17) or about the verses regarding forgiveness (Luke 19), but today's reading is fresh in my mind and I got a lot of encouragement from it! So, I thought I would encourage you with it too!

I've been asked to speak to a group of ladies this coming week.  The prospect of talking in front of a group of strangers puts me way out of my comfort zone!  Yes, I know that this is a far cry from being, "seized and persecuted" as Jesus warned his disciples would happen before "the kingdom of God is near." (Luke 21:31). But, regardless, I take such comfort in his words, "But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourself.  For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. (Lule 21:14-15)

I love that!!

It is my pattern to think ahead, play out all the potential outcomes of a situation and then worry about which way the si…

Luke 8-14- Is your light shining?

I find that one of the biggest challenges, only posting once a week, is deciding what juicy morsel to talk about!!  This week was no exception.  I am looking back at my notes for the week thinking, there was a lot of good stuff! (I hope you take notes too!  Then you can share with me your tasty morsels!)

I am going to comment on the first chapter of this week...

Have you ever heard someone say, "My Christianity is private.  I'm not one who likes to talk about it with others."?  I have heard those exact words!  As a matter of fact, the friend I had in high school that held that view, has since, walked away from his faith!  😱 Who does that?!

I am going to show my black and white self here by going as far to say, no one with true faith in Christ keeps their faith hidden. It's impossible!  Even people in "hiding" in foreign countries show their faith, just not open to government officials, unless it's necessary...

Anyway, I think Jesus illustrated the poi…