How to know if you have the wrong perspective on your blessings – Acts 12, Part 3

What we have been studying in Acts 12 reminds me of the story of a young lady who was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport.  As she would need to wait many hours, she decided to buy a book to spend her time.  She also bought a packet ofContinue reading “How to know if you have the wrong perspective on your blessings – Acts 12, Part 3”

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”

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”

If God told you to break the law, would you? – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 2

If God came to you in a dream telling you to break the law, would you do it? Through the ages, people have claimed God has told them to commit all manner of evil, including murder. I feel we’re getting on thin ice by bringing this up. Know this, God wouldn’t tell people to commitContinue reading “If God told you to break the law, would you? – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 2”

Dreams during the pandemic and how God wants to partner with us – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 1

Have you been dreaming more during the pandemic and quarantine?  There have been numerous news reports of increased levels of dreaming.  For me, I’m dreaming as much as I always have. From the time I was a kid, through to the present day, my mind tends to be very active while sleeping.  I’ve had nightmares. Continue reading “Dreams during the pandemic and how God wants to partner with us – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 1”

How you are vital to the mission of Jesus in our world today – Acts 9:1-31, Part 5

So often history follows the leaders, but we also need a People’s History of the Church, where we learn from the stories of the common people.  There are thousands and millions of supporting actors whose faithfulness and sacrifice in small ways provides a foundation for the advancement of the Kingdom.  Many people like you andContinue reading “How you are vital to the mission of Jesus in our world today – Acts 9:1-31, Part 5”

When Jesus asks you to help your enemy – Acts 9:1-31, Part 2

Who in your life is very difficult? Who bothers you? Who is that person you really try to avoid? Maybe it is more than one person. Let’s start by thinking about that person. What makes them so distasteful to you that you want to avoid them? Keep that in mind, because today we meet aContinue reading “When Jesus asks you to help your enemy – Acts 9:1-31, Part 2”

Why “God has authority” is better than “God is in control” – Current Events Q2 2020: Is God in Control?, Part 5

How do you feel about the statement: “God is not in control?” Maybe you disagree. Maybe you look around the world and think, “It sure does NOT seem like a world where God is control.” Maybe the thought that God might not be in control is scary to you. Maybe you want some reassurance thatContinue reading “Why “God has authority” is better than “God is in control” – Current Events Q2 2020: Is God in Control?, Part 5″