Unusual Kindness

September 7, 2017

After Paul instructs the ship’s crew to direct themselves toward land where the ship will run ashore, the entire crew and passengers have to swim or float to safety on the island of Malta. And everyone survives, just as Paul had predicted.

Notice

September 6, 2017

Do you remember back in Acts 23:11 when the Lord “stood near” Paul and told him he would testify about Jesus in Rome as he had in Jerusalem? This was an exceptional moment, both because God revealed a plan to Paul and because the Lord was so near to Paul.

Spirit Lead Me

September 5, 2017

Festus could not handle this discussion. He interrupted Paul’s speech, saying, “You are out of your mind… Your great learning is driving you insane.” To a practical Roman governor, this Jewish messianism was crazy talk.

Fulfillment of Hope

September 4, 2017

Paul began his speech by acknowledging that his audience, including King Agrippa, was not antagonistic to him. He said of Agrippa, “You are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies.” Paul was speaking in front of someone who understood the nature of the Jewish religious theology and circumstance.

The First 15 Check-In

September 2, 2017

Together, we are all pursuing a better life and with this new resource what we hope to do is to provide you a chance to pause and measure your progress towards that better life.

Opportunity

September 1, 2017

The greatest opportunities for spiritual growth and ministry often come out of dire circumstances. In Chapter 25, the stage is set for Paul to share his testimony in front of King Agrippa, a governor, and many dignitaries, mostly Gentile. Paul gets to preach the gospel to a captive audience in Chapter 26.

Opportunity

September 1, 2017

The greatest opportunities for spiritual growth and ministry often come out of dire circumstances. In Chapter 25, the stage is set for Paul to share his testimony in front of King Agrippa, a governor, and many dignitaries, mostly Gentile. Paul gets to preach the gospel to a captive audience in Chapter 26.

Blessings

August 31, 2017

Do you find the conclusion of Acts 24 disappointing? As I read this chapter, I wanted the Governor Felix to do the right thing. I wanted him to take a stand for truth, ignore political pressure, and pronounce Paul innocent.

God's Protection

August 30, 2017

Earlier this week, in Acts 23:11, Paul heard from the Lord in a vision, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” This had to provide comfort to Paul as he endured mobs, plots against his life, and imprisonment.

Big Enough for Everyone

August 29, 2017

The Jews in this passage are pretty determined. They are so eager to kill Paul that they committed to not eating or drinking until they did so. Forty of them. That’s right, forty Jewish men, religious men, supposedly following God, who said, “Thou shall not murder” were seeking to kill a man because he had different beliefs about their faith.

Was it a Mistake?

August 28, 2017

Paul continued to maintain that he was still a good Jew, even though he had become a Christian. Apparently, the high priest didn’t agree, or maybe he didn’t appreciate Paul using the divine name in support of his actions.

The First 15 Check-In

August 26, 2017

Together, we are all pursuing a better life and with this new resource what we hope to do is to provide you a chance to pause and measure your progress towards that better life.

The Truth

August 25, 2017

Here is the last verse from yesterday’s reading: “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’” And here is the first verse from today’s reading: The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!”

What Shall I Do?

August 24, 2017

Remember from our reading yesterday, Paul had just been beaten by an angry mob, rescued from near death, and chained by military officers. In the midst of being hauled off to jail, he asked to defend himself.

Mob Mentality

August 23, 2017

When I read these verses, the phrase that comes to mind is “mob mentality.” Paul had been warned that the Jerusalem Jewish Christians had it out for him because they thought he was dissuading others from following the law of Moses.