Showing posts from December, 2019

Acts 18-24- Everybody needs a John moment before they can truly have a Jesus moment!

Chapter 19 was interesting to me this week.  We read about Apollos doing some teaching in Ephesus. "He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures" (Acts 18:25). One thing I remind myself of as I read is that his knowledge of scripture was Old Testament scripture.  He knew that Old Testament scripture pointed to Jesus and fully embraced that Jesus was the promised Messiah that was foretold in Old Testament scripture, "and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John." (18: 25) This verse made me wonder what more Priscilla and Aquila needed to teach him in order to "explain the way of God more adequately."? As I kept reading chapter 19 the next day, I think I found my answer.  Apollos leaves Ephesus and heads to Achaia.  Soon, Paul shows up in Ephesus.  "There he found some disciples" (19:1). Disciples of whom, Apollos, John, or Jesus?   I think they were disciples of John because of their answer to

Acts 11-17- God is intention with his creation!

An assignment given in the theology class I am taking right now asked me to describe an attribute of God that is described in Genesis 1 & 2. Well, since chapter one is all about God creating the world, I picked his attribute as "Creator".  (It seemed like an obvious choice to me!) The second part of the prompt was to describe how this attribute can be encouraging to a fellow church member....hum....OK....I can do this...But I didn't know where to start, so I put that aside and diligently kept going with my daily reading of Acts.   Bam!  God gave me the answer as only God can with His Word!! I love it!  Isn't it incredible that staying in the Word can give answers to other things such as a school assignment?!  So, I am going to share my assignment with you that was derived from our reading this week! Chapter one in Genesis is all about God creating.   Thinking about the attribute of God, the Creator, I get very encouraged living my daily life!   God is in

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!

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 p