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 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”

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”

Why doesn’t God step in and stop the pain in the world? – Current Events Q2 2020: Is God in Control?, Part 3

When we are going through a difficult time, such as the coronavirus pandemic, it can seem like God is nowhere to be found. Deism is a view of God that says that God created the universe, he set things in motion, but is now hand’s off.  Like a bowler releasing his bowing ball. The bowlerContinue reading “Why doesn’t God step in and stop the pain in the world? – Current Events Q2 2020: Is God in Control?, Part 3”

How to introduce people to Jesus – Acts 5-6:1-7, Part 4

Do you ever struggle to talk about Jesus? Religion can be a very difficult thing to discuss. You might want to talk about Jesus, but it can feel awkward, especially when you’re not sure what the people you’re talking to think about faith. This week we’ve been studying Acts 5 through 6:1-7, a passage ofContinue reading “How to introduce people to Jesus – Acts 5-6:1-7, Part 4”

Are you hiding who you truly are? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 4

So often we struggle with our identity.  Do you struggle with who you are? Have you ever hidden your identity? What is your true identity? I want to bring up a story of a man who hid his identity. You can read about it in a Bible in Luke 22, starting in verse 54. ThisContinue reading “Are you hiding who you truly are? – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 4”

When you start to change and your friends don’t like it

Have you ever gone through a life change, and that change affected your friendships? You know who your real friends are when you start changing. Perhaps you believe new things, or maybe you have shed a long-held belief, and your friends are pushing back.  It could be that you have stopped doing something that youContinue reading “When you start to change and your friends don’t like it”

Christians, has Jesus transformed your life? Here’s how you can tell.

A question for any of you who consider yourselves Christians, followers of Jesus: would you say that Jesus has transformed your life? Yesterday we saw that Jesus transformed Peter’s life. It wouldn’t surprise me if Peter has that memory in mind as he continues his teaching in 1 Peter 4:1-6.  In verse 3 he buildsContinue reading “Christians, has Jesus transformed your life? Here’s how you can tell.”

The one crucial step that must come before doing God’s will

What is the will of God? Yesterday we looked at the surprising weapon Christians are to arm themselves with: the attitude of Jesus, which was an attitude of following the will of God for his life no matter what.  As we continue studying 1 Peter 4:1-6, Peter goes on to say in verse 2 thatContinue reading “The one crucial step that must come before doing God’s will”

A story about what happens after people die

What happens after a person dies?  My uncle recently sent me this story, author unknown, that tries to answer that question. On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by theContinue reading “A story about what happens after people die”