What is needed to help people grow as followers of Jesus – Acts 18, Part 4

Are you a pastor, a small group leader, a Bible study teacher, seeking to help people grow as followers of Jesus? Or maybe you are a parent, or a grandparent, and you would love to help your kids or grandkids better follow Jesus. I’ve preached countless sermons and had numerous conversations with people, many timesContinue reading “What is needed to help people grow as followers of Jesus – Acts 18, Part 4”

Is it okay to give up on some people? – Acts 18, Part 2

Have you heard the words, “There is no hope for them”? Maybe you were the one saying those words or a phrase like it. Maybe someone said it about you. Often we say these words about a person who has a pattern of making bad choices, or a stubborn streak, and they seem unteachable, unreachableContinue reading “Is it okay to give up on some people? – Acts 18, Part 2”

Why is it so hard to talk about religion? – Acts 17, Part 1

How do you feel talking about Jesus or about religion? Do you find it easy or difficult to talk with others about these topics? When it come to talking about Jesus, I had a bit of a reality check this week. As a pastor, you can imagine that I talk about Jesus a lot, butContinue reading “Why is it so hard to talk about religion? – Acts 17, Part 1”

How should Christians respond when our world falls apart? – Acts 16, Part 1

It’s been quite a year already, hasn’t it?  And we’re not even halfway through!  We started the year in political turmoil with a presidential impeachment hearing and the normal increased intensity of election year debates. Then Covid-19 hit, and we were in quarantine, including a near total shutdown of the country, for months. Then multipleContinue reading “How should Christians respond when our world falls apart? – Acts 16, Part 1”

Christians need to speak up – Acts 14, Part 1

Did you see the recent video of the white woman in New York City’s Central Park, yelling at an African-American man who had requested that she leash her dog, as they were in an area of the park that required dogs be on leashes?  He started recording her because she became so belligerent, while heContinue reading “Christians need to speak up – Acts 14, Part 1”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”