Take the High Road

August 22, 2017

Paul has now made it to Jerusalem. He is greeted warmly and gets to spend time telling of all that God has done amongst the Gentiles. Notice, as our author has done in previous passages, Luke emphasizes the work of God through people.

To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain

August 21, 2017

Paul was determined to go to Jerusalem. His friends, however, and the prophet Agabus all urged him not to go. They knew, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that Paul would face troubles in Jerusalem.

The First 15 Check-In

August 19, 2017

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A Mission

August 18, 2017

It’s easy to begin something new. There is always a sense of excitement about a new beginning. But life isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. Many people get excited about serving God in some new way or new ministry.

Sold Out

August 17, 2017

The Apostle Paul changed the world as few other men have ever done. He was beaten, run out of towns, left for dead, shipwrecked and spent many years in prison.

Unexpected Help

August 16, 2017

As Paul was preparing for his trip, “there arose a great disturbance about the way.” A man named Demetrius, probably the leader of a regional group of silversmiths, called together the local craftsmen. The silversmiths made a good profit from selling silver shrines of the goddess Artemis.

You can't fake it!

August 15, 2017

Paul’s name and power had become so widespread in Asia that others were hoping to cash in on the exorcism bandwagon. This was becoming a major problem, as a number of Jews were trying to mimic the demonstrations of God’s power that were being accomplished through Paul.

Courage

August 14, 2017

In verse 24 we are introduced to Apollos, a Jewish man from Alexandria. His hometown was the literary capital of the Hellenistic world and home to a large Jewish population. He was an educated man, particularly in the way of scriptures.

The First 15 Check-In

August 12, 2017

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Worship Lifestyle

August 11, 2017

As we continue to follow Paul on his “speaking tour” across the Roman Empire, we arrive at Corinth. If you have spent much time in the New Testament (or in the Table of Contents), you might recognize some of these stops

Paul and Plato

August 10, 2017

In Athens, Paul delivers one of his most eloquent speeches to a collection of skeptical and highly intelligent philosophers (the two schools mentioned by name to give us an idea of the spectrum present: Epicureans were notoriously skeptical of religious claims and the Stoics were more open to them, though cautiously so).

Noble Character

August 9, 2017

We have established in previous readings that one of Luke’s primary themes (in both the Gospel and in Acts) is the continuity between God’s saving acts toward Israel and God’s new movement in Jesus. In fact, back on June 6 (only the second day of our journey through Acts), I mentioned that for Luke, everything that is taking place and will take place is in line with what God has already been doing all along.

Troublemaker

August 8, 2017

In keeping with his Jewish tradition, Paul goes to the synagogue to engage in what we might consider today to be “bible study.” “Arguing” over the scriptures is a regular and faithful practice in the synagogues.

Turf-War

August 7, 2017

The scriptures are full of examples of God’s power over evil spirits. As in other places in scripture, we have a person of faith doing battle and winning in yet another “spiritual turf-war.” The Kingdom of God being proclaimed by the apostles is enacted in their ability to heal and exorcise.

The First 15 Check-In

August 5, 2017

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