How your home can be a place of strengthening – Acts 18, Part 5

Do you have a place where you sleep and eat? All over the world these places might look very different, but nearly everyone has a place we call home. Of course there are those struggling with homelessness, and we are called to reach out in love to them. In this final post on Acts 18,Continue reading “How your home can be a place of strengthening – Acts 18, Part 5”

A letter for unity – Acts 15, Part 3

Editor’s Note: This series of posts on Acts 15 is written by guest teacher David Hundert. Thanks, David! The series of five posts begins here. Are you experiencing a disagreement with someone? Brokenness in a relationship? What will it take to reconcile or pursue unity? As we have been seeing in this series of postsContinue reading “A letter for unity – Acts 15, Part 3”

What do we have to do to become followers of Jesus? – Acts 15, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This series of posts on Acts 15 is written by guest teacher David Hundert. Thanks, David! The series of five posts begins here. How do people become disciples of Jesus? What do they need to do? This was a hotly debated question in the early church, as the good news about Jesus expandedContinue reading “What do we have to do to become followers of Jesus? – Acts 15, Part 2”

What disagreement led to the first church council? – Acts 15, Part 1

Editor’s Note: This series of posts on Acts 15 is written by guest teacher David Hundert. Thanks, David! What is doctrine? Is it a hard and fast rule? Is it something that has to be written in Scripture? Did it come off the mountain, written by the finger of God? I’d like to answer allContinue reading “What disagreement led to the first church council? – Acts 15, Part 1”

“Christians must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” (Really?) – Acts 14, Part 4

How do you like the quote in the title? Agree? Disagree? Let’s talk about it. In the previous post we looked at the question of whether or not Jesus is okay with various levels of commitment to him. As we study Acts, it seems that a guy like the Apostle Paul was radically committed toContinue reading ““Christians must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” (Really?) – Acts 14, Part 4″

How God wants to change the world (& one practice that can help you hear the Spirit speak) – Acts 13, Part 1

Are you a gardener? Maybe you have some potted plants bringing life to your home. Maybe you have a flower bed? A vegetable garden? We have a vegetable garden with a berry patch, and a few weeks ago that berry patch was in serious need of weeding.  So a couple weeks ago, I weeded it,Continue reading “How God wants to change the world (& one practice that can help you hear the Spirit speak) – Acts 13, Part 1”

Four practical ways to count your blessings – Acts 12, Part 4

In this series of posts on Acts 12, we have been trying answer the question: “How How do we count our blessings the right way?” I want to suggest some practical ideas that I believe could help you. First, we have to say the right words, flowing from a humble, grateful heart. Not “I didContinue reading “Four practical ways to count your blessings – Acts 12, Part 4”

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”