As A Witness

April 19 – Today’s Readings – Acts 19-21 and Psalms 109

It’s amazing to read about all the genuine miracles that are spoken of in the book of Acts. Here we find so many outstanding signs and wonders being done by Paul that people were bringing pieces of cloth for Paul to touch.These were then laid on sick people and they were made whole through contact with the cloth. I know that this type of thing has been tried through the centuries with varying results, but in the book of Acts the REAL THING occurred.Miracles always served distinct purposes in the Bible – to bring glory to God – to confirm the words of preachers – to build genuine faith for salvation. Whenever the miracles started to bring glory to men, those men were quick to correct the issue and direct all glory to God alone. A great example of this is found back in Acts 14:8 where there was a man born with crippled feet. In verses 9-10, Paul saw that the man had faith to be healed and at Paul’s command, the man stood to his feet – perfectly normal. What is the result? Verses 11-13 read, “When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, ‘The gods have come down to us in human form!’ Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.” Paul and Barnabas ran out into the crowd and had a very difficult time stopping this “worship service”. What came next was even more bizarre. Verses 19-20 read, “They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city.” So, in just a few short minutes, the disciples went from being heroes and gods to being stoned and left for dead.Continue Reading

A “Holiday” With Paul

April 18 – Today’s Readings – Acts 16-18 and Psalms 108
How would you like to go on a mission’s trip with Paul? First off, the elders of the local Church sent him and he was expected to stay in relationship with those local Church elders. He was sent with fasting and prayer (but probably no cash [...]

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Even With The Holy Ghost, People Have Conflict

April 17 – Today’s Readings – Acts 13-15 and Psalms 107
Even in the very early New Testament Churches there were people with personal issues – those who had conflict over doctrine – and some who were having quarrels over staffing of missionary positions.John-Mark is a perfect example of a young “minister of the Gospel” who [...]

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Another Baptism

April 16 – Today’s Readings – Acts 10-12 and Psalms 106
The book of Acts repeatedly speaks of individuals and groups of people being “Baptized in the Holy Spirit”. One of the questions we have to ask is; how did the disciples know that someone had been filled with the Spirit? Was there evidence of this [...]

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Serving God Wherever You Are

April 15 – Today’s Readings – Acts 7-9 and Psalms 105
I have always been intrigued by the account of Saul’s conversion and his early Christian experience.After being knocked off his horse by the bright light from heaven, he began immediately to preach and convince people about Jesus. Acts 7:20-22 reads this way, “At once he [...]

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