Life is full of ups and downs. Through it all, God is greater than all of it. Our responsibility, though, is to choose for that reality to be lived out in our life through whatever comes our way. We must choose for God to be greater than our struggles.
God is greater than our past, present or future. He is greater than everything, and our salvation is based in who He is, not in who we are.
A life well-lived is one whose purpose is the same as God's purpose. As we wrap up our series of conversations on the book of Acts, we find Paul under house-arrest. Faithfully he fulfilled God's purpose of making more disciples. We learn this is how we, too, can choose to finish our life well by choosing to do so today.
Festus accused Paul of being insane for his belief in God, and Paul responded that belief in Him is reasonable. Looking at science and morality to discover the evidence for God.
Is there a better way to live than being the type that easily reacts, is easy to go off the handle, than to respond before learning the whole story? Luke, in Acts contrasts two groups of people in Acts 17. One group was more noble than the other, and offers for us today a lesson in how to develop and have noble character.
God doesn't always lead us to places we would expect, or situations we might prefer. Paul and Silas discovered this as they followed God's leading in their life and wound up in jail. Yet, through their ordeal, they worshipped God from where they were, and God moved and people were saved.
All of us have someone in our past that we have admired, at least in some capacity. They have influenced us, affected us, and we have modeled at least some aspect of our life after them. A young man named Timothy should be one of those people. His life is one worth emulating.
Conflict is part of our life; we are hard pressed to avoid it. But how can we handle it in a biblical manner? What is God's design for properly resolving it? Paul and Barnabas experienced conflict, and it ended poorly. Join us as we learn from their failure to better handle conflict in our lives.
God is a communicating God who loves to communicate with His creation. As Christ-followers, we must position ourselves to best hear from him.
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Nothing is wasted with God. God can take our best or our worst, our good days and our bad, and use it to change our world. Stephen lost his life for the sake of the Gospel; he gave his all to God. God wants to do amazing things to make our world a better place through us. Are you willing?
The church in Acts continued growing through their growing-pains. The Apostles appointed seven men to help with those growing-pains, and one stood out among the rest: Stephen. Stephen was a man who was full of God's grace and power, as well as wisdom and the Holy Spirit. As opposition arose against him and he, too, found himself arrested for teaching others about Jesus, he stood faithfully for God. Luke records that those who were present for Stephen's mock trial saw that his face shined like that of an angel. What does a life lived for God look like who would result in their face shining like an Angel?
The Apostles found themselves in trouble once more because they were teaching about Jesus. Thrown in jail by the religious leaders, released by an angel that night and told to back to the Temple the next day and continue telling others about Jesus, then arrested again, the Apostles were threatened once more. When they replied the same way they had in their last encounter with the religious leaders, that they must obey God rather than anything else, the religious leaders became even more upset. In the end the Apostles were flogged and let go with another warning to stop teaching about Jesus. God has given all believers the requirement of sharing His message through both our words, and our own life lived for God. We must obey God, no matter the cost.
Ananias and Sapphira attempted to lie both to the church, but also to God about a gift they were giving. God expects His people to be holy, to live according to His design. We can't hide the truth from God. Instead, we need to be honest with Him and others about who we are, and what we've done. God is faithful and just and will forgive us of our sins.
Peter and John were just threatened by some of the most powerful people in the land to stop telling others about Jesus. Their response? Go back to the rest of the believers and pray for courage to continue to boldly tell others about the only hope we have for salvation - Jesus Christ.
Peter and John were ordered to stop preaching about Jesus. Their answer? "Judge for yourself whether it is right to obey you rather than God."
In life we have many things drawing and pulling us to obey things more than God. Our life must be about obeying God more than other things.
Peter and John amazed the Jewish leaders of their day because they were ordinary men, but did extraordinary things. How did they do these things? Because they had spent time with Jesus.
Today as we spend time with Jesus, we will be changed. Our life will show all that we have spent time with Jesus.
God has a design for the church, we could call it His dream for His church. When His people live that dream, amazing things happen as the world is made a better place.
God has a plan for saving us, and it is through Christ.
Peter delivered a sermon to a crowd that caused them to ask how to be saved. This is a look at his answer.
God's love for humanity has been on display since the beginning of time. Even though we have been running from Him, He is still pursuing us. Acts teaches us that God is enlisting people to be part of that pursuit, and nothing will or can stop Him. God utilizes those who claim Him as theirs to fulfill His mission of winning humanity over.
As we watch our world appear to spiral out of control, God continually reminds us that He is still present and active around and in us. God equips His people with everything they need to help them to give people something to live for, not just something to live on. He equips us to speak the language of those He places in our life so they, too, can know that God loves them; even those far from Him.