When Persecution Seems to Have ‘Knocked Out’ the Ministry of the Gospel, the Best Strategy is to Get up off the Mat and Preach the Gospel Some More!
Acts 6:8-15; 7:1-60
Sometimes when you speak up for Jesus, like Peter, you get 3000 souls. Other times, like Stephen, you get 3000 stones. Either way, God gets the glory and will eventually get the victory.
Passage: Acts 6
Navigating the Stormy Seas of Church Life with Biblical Priorities and Principles can make Problems Become Stepping-Stones Rather than Stumbling Blocks.
Nothing Can Stop God’s Power to Get His Word Out.
Luke 19:28-40; 23:13-25
It is shocking to feel the contrast between those words of blessing, “Hosanna, Hosanna“ and the words of cursing, “Crucify, Crucify!“ It is even more shocking to realize they are shouted at the same person, Jesus of Nazareth. And, it is incredibly shocking that these words were likely spoken by some of the same people in both crowds. And perhaps, most shocking of all, is the fact that these two scenes happened just five days apart!” How in the world did this happen, and Who is Responsible?!
Churches and Individuals Have Highs and Lows—Times of Joy and Judgment. God Can Use Both for Our Good and His Glory!
Persecution comes with the territory of speaking up for Jesus, but it can never win in the end!
The Name of Jesus Has the Power to Do Amazing Miracles of Physical Healing, Which Point Ahead to the Miracle of Spiritual Saving.
God’s crazy plan to change the world is to convert a bunch of ‘messiah-murderers’ into a group of people who love God and others in such a way that they become magnets of God‘s mercy to the world.
Peter Shows Us Rookies How to Speak Up for Jesus With Boldness, Scripture, and Compassion Through the Power of the Holy Spirit.
There’s a Lot of Confusion and Controversy Over the Meaning of the Day Of Pentecost. But, Simply Put, It Was a Wonderful Day that Demonstrated Both God’s Love for the World, and His Amazing Ability to Work Powerfully Through His People!
The Supernatural Work of the Gospel Can Only Be Accomplished Through a Supernatural Being. So, Don’t Forget the Holy Spirit!
The Book of Acts is the Bridge from ‘All that Jesus Began to Do and Teach’ to ‘What He Continues to Do and Teach’ through His People, Empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Using the Spiritual Gifts God Gave You Ministers to Others, Builds Up the Body of Christ, Brings Joy to You, and Glory to God!
Colossians 1:3-6; 1:26-28, 2:19
A Healthy Church is One that is Growing Both Deeper In its Maturity, and Wider in its Influence, through the Holy Spirit.
Spiritual Growth Can’t Be Measured by Achievements or Legalistic Rules. It’s Seen in ‘Bearing Fruit’ Which Only Comes From ‘Taking Root’ in the Gospel of Grace.
Paul’s Prayer for His Friends (including us!) is to Help Us Understand How to Walk in God’s Will and Be Empowered to Do It!
1 John 1:1-4
John does not give us a Narrative if the Christmas Story in Bethlehem. Instead, he tells us the Gospel or ‘Good News’ of Christmas! It’s about a Person, Not a Religious System; It’s Real, and It offers us the Best Kind of Life!
Two Amazing Missionary Couples Share About Taking the Good News of Great Joy to All the People.
The Reason For the Season isn't Cute or Sentimental - The Reason Jesus Came Was to Destroy the Works of the Devil!
1 Kings 1,2
We might expect the 'Man After God's Own Heart' to Die a Death of Dignity and honor. (Think Elijah in a fiery Chariot). But Sadly, He Dies in Weakness and More Tragedy, Raising Big Questions about His Legacy and the Future of God's Plans. The Biggest Question to be answered is "Who Will Sit on the Throne of David?!"
1,2 Samuel Various Passages
Whether it’s in the Big Ultimate Story of History or the Smaller Story of Your Life, God is Sovereign, Ruling Over All Things for his Glory, and His Purpose for Your Life!
2 Sam. 22
God is to Be Praised Because He is So Powerful That He Can Shake the World, but Also is So Personal with Us Because He delights in Us!
2 Sam. 19-20
David’s Kingdom Near the End of His Reign Did Not Look at All Like the Kingdom God had Promised in 2 Samuel 7. But in this Messiness We Find Parallel Principles for our Own Lives in These Messy Times!