A CHRISTIAN FIRST

“Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” (Acts 11:24-25; NKJV) CHRISTIAN: The proper meaning of […]

WILLING TO DO YOUR WILL

“When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”” (Acts 11:18, NKJV) It’s funny how things end completely different than the way they start. A fight. Accusations fly. People take sides and there is division. Wouldn’t it be amazing if […]

OH, THAT KIND OF FAITH.

“And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.” (Acts 10:24, NKJV) Four days earlier, Cornelius, a Roman Centurion, was praying. He was a good man, wanting to please God and do what is right for others—a just man, and a man […]

STONED

“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God. “ Acts 14:22 Paul said this after he was drug out of town and stoned at Lystra. No, not that kind of stoned. Anyway, a man was there who couldn’t walk, but seemed to believe every word that Paul spoke. Paul said to him, “Stand […]

WHO ARE YOU, LORD?

“So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (Acts 9:6, NKJV) Saul was full of zeal routing out religious heretics called, “The people of The Way” — Christians. […]

JUST AN EVERYDAY ANYBODY.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28, NKJV) In Acts 8 we see the beginnings of what Jesus told his disciples to do in Acts 1:8. Up to this point, the apostles and the […]

MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH

But there was a certain man called Simon… (Acts 8:9, NKJV) Simon could amaze people by demonically inspired tricks that made them believe that he was the power of God. After the martyrdom of Stephen and subsequent persecution by Saul, Philip went to Samaria to preach the gospel. While there, the Spirit moved upon him […]

A GREATER BLESSING

“And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, He promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him.” (Acts 7:5, NKJV) Although Abram was given the land in promise, he was not given the […]

WEARING THE MASK

“But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” (Acts 5:1–2, NKJV) Hypocrisy is defined as someone who wears the mask. In Greek plays, […]

NEED WE SAY MORE?

“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.” (Acts 4:32) The early believers were of one heart and one soul. They were unified together for a common purpose, […]