Posted on January 30, 2014 by
ISAIAH 65:17-25 – THE NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH
Isaiah spoke of blessings not yet received:
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. Continue reading
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Posted on January 29, 2014 by
ACTS 10:1-48 – THE GOSPEL GOES TO THE GENTILES
Our last reading was the conversion of Saul of Tarsus who became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. Today we read of the first Gentile converts.
This was traumatic for the early church, even more than the persecution that scattered them from Jerusalem into Judea and Samaria. Persecution made the church grow; Gentile conversions Continue reading
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Posted on January 28, 2014 by
ACTS 9:1-31 – PAUL’S CONVERSION
Saul of Tarsus was a student of Gamalial, the greatest Rabbi of the 1st century. Saul was possibly one of the Sanhedrin. He held the coats of those who stoned Stephen. This began a persecution that scattered the disciples through Judea and Samaria. Saul led this, even Continue reading
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Posted on January 27, 2014 by
ACTS 2:1-42 – THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES ON PENTECOST
When Jesus ascended, his disciples stood looking up until men in white appeared and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). They went into Jerusalem to wait for the promised Spirit, for Jesus said they should tarry there.
While 120 men and women were waiting, they Continue reading
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Posted on January 26, 2014 by
LUKE 24:1-53 – JESUS’ RESURRECTION AND ASCENTION
“He is not here, but is risen!” These words changed the world forever.
Can you imagine the joyful fear the women who first heard them felt? We’ve heard them so often our hearts seldom thrill as did theirs, but this was the subject of every sermon in Acts. Continue reading
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Posted on January 25, 2014 by
JOHN 19:1-41 – JESUS’ CRUCIFIXION
“There they crucified him.” These four words describe unbelievable agony. Never having witnessed a crucifixion, we can only imagine it. Passion plays and movies help us see it. If you’ve never seen one of these, watch Mel Gibson’s, Passion of the Christ. Believe me, it is gory, and is not for children. The Scriptures never dwell on the blood and gore of flogging and crucifixion, perhaps because Continue reading
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Posted on January 24, 2014 by
MARK 14:12-50 – THE LAST SUPPER & JESUS’ ARREST
For months he had been warning them it was coming. Beginning in Caesarea Philippi after he asked who they really thought he was. Peter spoke up quickly, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus commended Peter, but reminded him this knowledge came from God, not from any human revelation.
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and Continue reading
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