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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…