December 8, 2013
The work in Samaria was thriving. The gospel was being given to and received in several villages. But in his sovereign will, the Lord gave orders to leave all this.
December 1, 2013
As one of the men the church had appointed to service (6:5) passes off the scene, another steps in to take his place and the work goes on. The plan (1:8) was still in effect.
November 24, 2013
Stephen’s death did not mean he failed in his mission, but that God was about to use another servant to further gospel work.
November 17, 2013
Biblical oak trees were a place of forsaking a former way of life (Gen 35:1–5). Biblical oak trees were a place where God’s Word was preserved and memorialized (Josh 24:22–27). Biblical oak trees were a place of sheltering (Judg 6:11–19). Biblical oak trees sometimes caught a rebel (2 Sam 18:9). Biblical oak trees sometimes withered […]
November 10, 2013
Instead of being weakened by corrupting influences around it, the local church should be “strengthened by grace.”
October 27, 2013
James tells us that a living faith produces obedience. In other words, we know that our faith is genuine when it transforms our lives. What could be more obvious than our speech? We all speak, we all sin, and we must all take responsibility for our words. Because speaking is so easy, it is often one […]
October 20, 2013
Great men are not those who receive honor by dignitaries or who accomplish historical feats in life. Truly great people are humble servants who do not count their lives dear unto themselves.
October 13, 2013
A church moves forward as each member sees their opportunity to serve Christ and does so with a humble faithfulness. Taking care of the widows was not unimportant, but it could be used by the enemy to pull the apostles away from what they were told to do— “be my witnesses in all Judea and […]
October 6, 2013
After the first sign of persecution, the believers met to pray as one to the one true Ruler (4:24). The thing they prayed for was not God’s vengeance, but for the opportunity to “continue to speak.” God delivers and protects not so that we can go silent, but so that we can proclaim widely (5:30–32).