Day 37~ Acts 16-18

When I read my three chapters a day, I always pray, “Show me what you want me to get out of the readying today, God.”  Sometimes what I get out of it makes me feel uncomfortable.  Today was one of those days.  These are the verses that stuck out to me today:
“We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there(by the river)…” (16:13)
“So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.” (17:17)
“Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews & Greeks.” (18:4)
“Don’t be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.” (18:9)
Are you picking up on the theme that I did?
Lord, are you telling me you want me to speak up….not just stick to “life style evangelism”?  But, I don’t know enough!!!
But then, I read about Apollos (18:24). He had a  “thorough knowledge of the scriptures”  and “he spoke with great fervor”  But, he didn’t know it all! He just had a lot of e…

Day 36~ Acts 13-15

Verses like 13:48 always get me to ponder.  “…and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.” Sounds like predestination, doesn’t it?  I mentioned in another post that I believe in free will so verses like this always get me thinking. I have come to the conclusion that both concepts are backed by scripture, thus both are true. Here is what my commentary says to that: Possession of eternal life involves both human faith and divine appointment. I like that!  Just wait, we will read more about this topic when we get to Romans 8.🙃

What stood out to you in today’s reading?

Day 35~ Acts 10-12

Don’t you find it quite remarkable that even though Cornelius was described as “righteous and God fearing” (10:22) and he was generous and prayed to God regularly (10:2). Yet, God still told him to send for Peter so “He will bring a message through which you and all your household will be saved.” (11:14)?
So, that means, even though Cornelius acted and “looked” like a believer he wasn’t saved.  He still needed “the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.” (10:36)
“..the good news of peace” I have two thoughts about that verse:
1.) It does not mean that as true Christians we have a calm heart in all circumstances.That would make us look like a group of monks or a group of yoga teachers walking around saying “Namaste” to each other or chanting “A-U-M”….Hate to tell ya, but there is no such thing as “achieving inner peace”! That is a false teaching of the world.  Christians hear that teaching and think it sounds good, right; it’s sooooo close to the truth……especially wh…

Day 34 ~ Acts 7-9

Ahh, the church has barely begun and we are presented with a scenario that still happens in the church today!  Simon (the sorcerer) hears Philip as he “preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ…” (8:12).  Luke says that Simon himself believed and was baptized.  Yet, when Peter came to town, he confronted Simon saying, “May your money perish with you…you have no part in this ministry…repent of this wickedness…For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”
What a scene!  Can you imagine a pastor calling out a parishioner like that today?  So when I say this scenario still happens today, I mean the part of Simon.  There are a lot of Simons today; not so many of those playing the role of Peter.
Can someone believe, be baptized and still not have genuine faith?😳  What are your thoughts on that? 
Our buddy Peter sure was working hard to establish a proper beginning for the church. First, back in Jerusalem there was that scene where the husband &…

Day 33~ Acts 4-6

Acts 4:23 is titled “The Believers Prayer” in my study Bible. I love that pattern of prayer!  Start with the big picture.  Start with what you know! God is BIG! 
They raised their voices together in prayer to God.  “Sovereign Lord, you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. You spoke by the Holy Spirit…..” Then they bring their prayer to the present…”Now, Lord, consider…”

I have noticed in my reading of the Old Testament that believers back then also started prayers/supplications/praises by placing God in his proper position; “Creator of Heaven and earth..” (Psalm 121:2) Jonah proclaims God this way (1:9) David prayed/sang that way (Psalm 115:15,146:6) Jeremiah professes it (51:15) A king writing to Solomon recognized it (2 Chron. 2:12) Isaiah reminds us (42:5) That"s just name a few!!!
These early Christians in Acts were praying just as Jesus instructed them in Matt 6:9.  They were putting God in his rightful place.  “Father who art in heaven…”
When you start you…

Day 32~ Acts1-3

Hello Fellow readers!
You finished the gospels! Now on to Acts......

Acts 2:40, “With many other words he (Peter) warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ Those who accepted his message were baptized…” This verse stood out to me for two reasons. 1.) The message has not changed.  It’s the exact same message that nonbelievers need to hear today. 2.)The delivers of that message (us believers today) have changed.  I am going to be bold here in saying that a vast majority of believers don’t want to use “many other words”, “warn” people and “plead with them”.  We like the safety of “lifestyle evangelism”.  But let me ask you, do you know anyone, using lifestyle evangelism, who added 3000 to their number that day?
This reminds me of part of the theme verse of this blog.  “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor serving the Lord.” (Rom. 12:11) 

I think I need to exhibit a little bit more zeal in my evangelism, like my mentor, Peter did.

Day 31~ John 19-21

20:22 has always intrigued me.  Why would John make a point in writing, “And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ “?  I have my thoughts, but what are yours?
Then following that, the next sentence, 20:23, may leave you perplexed as well.
23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
I like how one commentary worded the explanation of that odd verbiage.  
“The statement is connected with their (the apostles) being sent our into the world, and with the effect of their ministry of the Gospel in the forgiveness of sins by the Spirit’s power, or the retention of sins by the rejection of the message.”