Are you counting your blessings the right way? (or the wrong way?) – Acts 12, Part 2

Have you ever been around a child learning to count? My kids, at that very early stage, would often skip numbers in the teens, “11, 12, 13…15, 16, 17…” It was humorous, but we would stop them and say, “You missed 14…let’s try it again.” After practice, they learned. In the previous post, I suggestedContinue reading “Are you counting your blessings the right way? (or the wrong way?) – Acts 12, Part 2”

How should we count our blessings? – Acts 12, Part 1

What have you been grateful for lately?  Or has it been hard for you to be grateful? We all go through seasons of abundance and seasons that seem dry like a desert.  What season are you in right now?  I’m writing this in the spring of 2020 when the entire world has been on quarantineContinue reading “How should we count our blessings? – Acts 12, Part 1”

The one thing you must do to get unstuck in life – Acts 11:19-30, Part 5

Do you feel stuck during the quarantine? Does it feel like the trauma is walling you in? It can be crippling, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. What is the solution to get through a difficult time? Move! Move? Sell your house or get a new rental and move? No, not that kind of move. To explainContinue reading “The one thing you must do to get unstuck in life – Acts 11:19-30, Part 5”

God designed you for mission – Acts 11:19-30, Part 4

What were you created to do? Do you know? What gifts, abilities and aptitudes do you have? Are you using them for a mission in the world? In this post we learn about how God wants all to be on mission, and how he has equipped us for mission! In the previous post, we learnedContinue reading “God designed you for mission – Acts 11:19-30, Part 4”

Two inspiring stories to encourage us during the loneliness of quarantine – Acts 11:19-30, Part 3

For most of us, quarantine is turning two months old, and I wonder if it is getting to you. The daily news reports about the number of infections and deaths can weigh heavy on us. Are you feeling it? You might not be jumping for joy like the guy in the picture. As we continueContinue reading “Two inspiring stories to encourage us during the loneliness of quarantine – Acts 11:19-30, Part 3”

Moving from frustration to purpose when you’re stuck at home – Acts 11:19-30, Part 2

How are you dealing with being stuck at home these past two months? Feeling frustrated? This week we’re studying Acts 11:19-30, and what we read there could help us move from frustration to purpose. So grab a Bible and and read that passage. Did you notice there are three sections in the passage?  There isContinue reading “Moving from frustration to purpose when you’re stuck at home – Acts 11:19-30, Part 2”

Is American life killing you? – Acts 11:19-30, Part 1

Are you ready for the quarantine to be done?  Are you ready to get back to work?  Are you ready for things to get back to normal, or least whatever the new normal will be?  If so, you’re not alone.  At the grocery store last week, my wife, Michelle, rolled into a checkout line withContinue reading “Is American life killing you? – Acts 11:19-30, Part 1”

Breaking down walls that keep us from accomplishing the mission of Jesus – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 5

Are there any “walls” you’ve allowed to keep you from fulfilling the mission of Jesus? This week as we have been studying Acts 9:32-11:18, we’ve seen how God appears to Peter in a dream, telling him to go to a non-Jew named Cornelius. In Acts 10:17-23, God’s dream to Peter comes true, as men fromContinue reading “Breaking down walls that keep us from accomplishing the mission of Jesus – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 5”

How ballroom dance helped my church see the mission of Jesus more clearly – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 4

Are you able to tell the difference between a man-made Christian tradition and the biblical mission? Can you think of a tradition that might actually be getting in the way of you and your church accomplishing the mission? This week we’ve been studying Acts 9:32-11:18, and in that story God gives Peter a dream tryingContinue reading “How ballroom dance helped my church see the mission of Jesus more clearly – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 4”

How raves and body piercings might help you understand a Bible story – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 3

How do you feel about raves and body piercings? If the thought of them makes you feel uncomfortable, then perhaps this post is for you. In the previous post we studied Peter’s bizarre dream about a blanket of animals dropping down from heaven. The animals were all deemed unclean by a list in the JewishContinue reading “How raves and body piercings might help you understand a Bible story – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 3”