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Day 89~ Acts 9 & 10~ Happy Easter!

What a great spot to be in the Bible as we celebrate Easter; reading how Christ's moved after the resurrectuion!!  Today we read how Jesus chose Paul. Paul was a great leader of the early church.  Thanks to his diligent service to the Lord, the Lord used him to spread the word to the Gentiles, which I benefited from! Yea!!  What I need to remember, however, is that he was an ordinary human, just like me.  And when he first started his ministry, he wasn’t the master at it like he came to be.    His response to Jesus is so incredibly inspiring to me!  I want to have that type of response!!! “For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus .  And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues saying, “He is the Son of God.” (9:20)  He had his conversion, he learned from fellow Christians and then immediately , he proclaimed what he knew to be true! Paul’s example is inspiring, yet at the same time I’m humiliated comparing my feeble attempts to share the gospel.

Day 88~ Acts 7 & 8

So, what did you think when you read what Peter said to Simon, the former magician? “You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God…..for I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.” (8:23) Did that confrontation leave you feeling a little uncomfortable?  I bet it did!  I have commented on this idea before.  I had to smile with the thought of someone taking Peter’s approach today.  Ha! I don’t think it would happen!  Not in today’s politically correct environment where Christians are afraid to state the obvious, in fear of looking judgmental.   Sadly, the consequence of our current trend is resulting in a boat load of people going to church (just like Simon), deceiving themselves, thinking they are saved, when in reality they are “in the bond of iniquity” (in other words, living an immoral life).  We as Christians just bit our tongues, smile and maybe say, “Jesus loves you and so do I!”  But is that really lo

Day 87~Acts 5 & 6

I noticed a couple things I haven’t noticed before reading chapter 5.  We just read about Peter and John being arrested for healing the the lame man (4:3). They went to trial for that but were released with a stern warning, no punishment. (4:21)  So, today when I read that the apostles got beaten (5:40), I assumed it was just Peter and John again.  However, it wasn’t just those two, it was all twelve!  This is why I think that: “Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles.  And they were all together in Soloman’s Portico.” (5:12)  The jealous priests and Sadducees arrested the apostles and put them in public prison. (vs.18) Ha! Imagine the angel leading 12 men out of the prison secretively!  I had always pictured it was just two….but 12?!  No wonder the captain of the guard and the chief priests were greatly perplexed! (vs. 24) 3.  “But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than man.” (vs 29) No

Day 86~ Acts 3 & 4

I had a thought when I was reading about the lame beggar that was healed in chapter 3. Why didn’t Jesus heal him during his three year ministry on earth?  After all, 3:2 says “..a man lame from birth (now 40 years old) was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple.”   Jesus had just recently died and rose again, so I am sure that this guy had been on the temple steps on one or all of the many visits Jesus made to the temple.   Interesting thought….don’t ya think? It could be that Jesus saw him early on….maybe even at his visit to the temple when he was 12 years old.  The lame man would have been 19 years old then. Maybe on a visit during his ministry years, Jesus saw the lame man but knew the man’s heart wasn’t ready yet.  Perhaps the lame man saw the crowd that always surrounded Jesus, but he himself didn’t believe that Jesus was the Messiah so he wouldn’t have followed Jesus even if he could walk.   Or, what if Jesus knew he was going to heal him,

Day 85~ Acts 1& 2

We finished the Gospels!!! Now on to Acts.... I always feel so unsettled when I read about Judas.  Matt. 10:1 says, “And he (Jesus) called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.” Today we read Peter saying, “For he (Judas) was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (1:17)  “..(Jesus) show which one of these two you have choses to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” (1:24-25) So, Jesus called Judas, yet Judas turned aside to go to his own place.  Hummm…🤔 I say this leaves me unsettled because there is an unexplainable mystery here.  I like to figure out mysteries, but there are some that I just can’t.  The mystery of God’s sovereignty and Man’s responsibility is one of those that just can’t be figured out with our human brain.  Some denominations try to explain or stick to one

Day 84~ John 21

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Once in awhile I think it would be nice to know the future.  Wouldn’t it be great if God told you tidbits of future events in your life specifically?  That way you could plan accordingly, right?  You wouldn’t need to fear the ‘what if’s’ because you would know what to expect. Well….after today’s reading, I’m rethinking that! I’m actually glad God doesn’t let me in on further events, especially how I would die!  I think that information would actually hinder how I would act. Jesus told Peter how he would die (21:18).  In one way, knowing that information could help Peter live freely in certain situations.  He could eat without fear of being poisoned to death.  He could cross a river without fear of drowning.  He could hold deadly snakes without fear of dying from a bite.  (He could get extremely sick from all of the above, but he wouldn’t need to fear death.)  On the other hand, every time he went out to “feed the sheep” he could have felt fear of being arrested; which could lea

Day 83~ John 20

My kids think I am a little obsessive that I want all beds made in the morning. After today’s reading, I have a new point I can make if we ever get on the subject again. I can say, “Be like Jesus! When he got up, he folded the cloth that had been on his head (20:7).….Jesus made his bed…..now make yours!” 😁 And by the way, I’m not obsessive, I’m just trying to be like Jesus in every way! 😉 On a more studious note, I found it interesting that Jesus told Mary, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father,....”. (20:17). I like how my commentary clarified that this statement, “does not deny the fact that Jesus’ spirit went to the presence of the father in heaven at the moment of his death but affirmed that his bodily ascension after his resurrection had not yet occurred.” This makes sense to me in light of what Jesus said to the thief on the criss, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) Their spirits were with God immediat