Tag Archive: Acts

Oct 22

People who find Jesus bring others to him

People who find Jesus bring others to him. John was the last of the four to write his gospel.  He filled in gaps in the other accounts. Peter stood before the followers of Jesus in the upper room. They were waiting for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. He said that Judas’s replacement …

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Oct 07

Two ways we might be baptized as a Christian that we usually don’t think about

James and John’s Request Jesus prepared the disciples for their future by teaching them about his suffering and death.  After one of these times James and John asked him if they could sit at his side in the eternal kingdom. (Mark 10:32-34; Matthew 20:17-19; Luke 18:31-33) Jesus’ question Jesus responded with a question.  He asked …

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Sep 01

3 Reasons why faith in Jesus is a powerful base for life in a wacky world.

A crowd was attracted by the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost. There were cynical explanations. The followers of Jesus were drunk. There always seem to be cynical explanations. Peter defended the new faith. Later, Paul would preach the same faith. Peter would also reiterate it after the gospel had spread to the Gentiles (Acts …

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Jul 04

The 120 in the Upper Room at Pentecost… hard to believe

Hard to believe Just before he ascended to heaven, Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received power from God. There were 120 people waiting. That number is hard to believe…for two reasons. How small it was Jesus was the sinless God-man. He fed thousands, healed many, and raised people from the …

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Jan 19

Is the Gospel Really For Everyone?

Luke Luke was a Gentile who came to Christ when Jews dominated Christian leadership. He was with Paul at Troas when they crossed the sea to bring the Gospel to Greece. (Acts 16:10-17; the first of the “we” sections of Acts) He was with Paul when he returned to Jerusalem. (Acts 20:5-21:18) He was with …

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Jan 13

What does it mean when you call yourself a Christian?

Usually we get our names from our parents. Some of us are named after our parents. Some are named after relatives or famous people. Some are named after our parent’s favorite food, etc. Some of us like our names and some of us don’t. Some take a bold step and change their names. C. S. …

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Jan 07

Two Reasons Why We Need to Know Who Killed Jesus

Two Reasons Why We Need to Know Who Killed Jesus We live in a blame casting and credit gathering society. We need to be sure that we can pin all the blame for bad things on someone else and that we can claim all credit for the good things. The goal is for one other …

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Nov 17

Jesus’ Kingdom will start out small and the growth may not be obvious

The religious leaders rejected Jesus. His disciples must have been surprised that those who studied the Scriptures so intently did not realize that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus taught four pairs of parables in Matthew, chapter 13, to explain the nature of the kingdom and why the religious leaders had rejected him. The first pair …

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Sep 08

Passing the baton is essential to Christianity

Followers of Jesus reach out to others. After the final meal with the disciples Jesus prayed for the disciples he was leaving behind. He also prayed for those they would tell about him (John 17:20). Just before he ascended to the Father, he told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until that had received the …

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Apr 07

“He is risen…His is risen indeed”..actually…”They have taken the body.”

He is Risen Each year at Easter the worship leader comes to the microphone to begin the service and energetically says, “He is risen.” It usually takes three attempts but eventually there is a semi-crisp response. “He is risen, indeed.” Some among us assume that we are trying to recreate the triumphal moment on the …

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