Posts with the tag “may”

Acts 19
by Audrey Rogers on May 29th, 2020
Acts 19:15Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you? Roasted! The seven sons of Sceva thought they could take the name of Jesus and spray it like a can of mace. Think again, fellas. Jesus is not an aerosol and spiritual authority doesn’t come from a can.This is not magic. This is not trickery. This is not gimmicks or games. It’s not a sticker you slap on your shirt. It’s a real and vital...  Read More
Acts 18
by Audrey Rogers on May 28th, 2020
Acts 18:26He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. We all need to be teachable. Here’s Apollos, an extraordinarily gifted and powerful communicator, being taken aside by a woman and her husband. And we have no hint that he resisted their gentle corrections. They saw his immense power...  Read More
Acts 17
by Audrey Rogers on May 27th, 2020
Acts 17:11Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Do you take someone else’s word for it or do you verify it for yourself? I hope you do the latter, especially when it comes to the Word of God. I hope you don’t believe your pastor, just because he’s your pastor. Or your deno...  Read More
Acts 16
by Audrey Rogers on May 26th, 2020
Acts 16:6They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. Asia was a province on the western end of modern-day Turkey. It had remained untouched during Paul’s first missionary journey, and now he had hopes of going there during his second. But the Holy Spirit said, “No.” Why? Why does God shut down perfectly good ideas? Why? Y...  Read More
Acts 15
by Audrey Rogers on May 25th, 2020
Acts 15:37-38Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. Mark, the Deserter. Have you ever let someone down and it soured their opinion of you? That can be a devastating blow. You can imagine how John Mark must have felt. He quit, and many speculate he w...  Read More
Acts 14
by Audrey Rogers on May 22nd, 2020
Acts 14:11And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” People are wired for worship. But, beware: when it goes horizontal, it can easily backfire. People can praise you today and throw rocks at you tomorrow. And, in fact, it doesn’t even take that long for this to happen to Paul (see verse 19)....  Read More
Acts 13
by Audrey Rogers on May 21st, 2020
Acts 13:51They shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. Sometimes you need to move on. You’ve been trying, and trying, and trying, and they’re just not getting it. It’s not like they can’t; it’s just that they won’t. There’s nothing you can do. You can talk until you’re blue in the face and, at this point in their life, they’re just not ready. But there are people who a...  Read More
Acts 12
by Audrey Rogers on May 20th, 2020
Acts 12:14In her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate… Sometimes our answered prayers come standing at the gate. And we can hardly believe it. But should we be amazed? I don’t know if we should or not, but often times we are. But let this account be encouragement to you. God hears your prayers. And he can actually do the things we ask of him. So...  Read More
Acts 10
by Audrey Rogers on May 18th, 2020
Acts 10:33We are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord. Now that’s music to a preacher’s ears. It’s natural to expect the preacher to prepare a message, but the real magic occurs when a congregation prepares to receive it. Do you know that a congregation brings just as much to the sermon as the preacher does? Therefore, we should never leave the preac...  Read More
Acts 9
by Audrey Rogers on May 15th, 2020
Acts 9:31So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. How interesting. Walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Now that’s an interesting tension. Fear and comfort. Fear keeps us in good stead. We esteem the Lord so highly that we h...  Read More
Acts 8
by Audrey Rogers on May 14th, 2020
Acts 8:29And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The Spirit is speaking. Are we listening? Jesus promised that the Spirit will lead us into all truth. And this isn’t just into Big-T Truth (for all-people, all time). This is little-t truth as well (for this people, this time), and that even means for our p...  Read More
Acts 7
by Audrey Rogers on May 13th, 2020
Acts 7:5He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child. God had big ideas! He wanted to build a nation. So, he chose for himself a man with hefty credentials, right? No. He chose a man well advanced in years, without children, and with no land of his own. Hmm. Nation building, eh? Whe...  Read More
Acts 6
by Audrey Rogers on May 12th, 2020
Acts 6:7And the Word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly. Do you see the correspondence? Sowing and Reaping. Seedtime and Harvest. One comes before the other. Some people have the notion that the church brought forth the Scriptures. But this text shows us that the Scripture is actually responsible for the church. When the Word of God spreads it has a ge...  Read More
Acts 5
by Audrey Rogers on May 11th, 2020
Acts 5:38-39If this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found opposing God! Such wisdom. Truth knows how to take care itself and doesn’t need any help of mine.   Sometimes we want to play police. It’s a good impulse. We care about the truth. But it’s verses like these that encourage us to give things time....  Read More
Acts 4
by Audrey Rogers on May 8th, 2020
Acts 4:29And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness. Isn’t it funny that the disciples went from escaping threats at the arrest of Jesus, to standing up to them on their own? And that happens in the space of just two months! What accounted for the difference? The Holy Spirit. Look at verse 31. They were filled with the Holy Sp...  Read More
Acts 3
by Audrey Rogers on May 7th, 2020
Acts 3:6I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk! Peter and John didn’t have what the man was expecting. And you might not have what people expect you to have. But that’s okay. As a Christian, you have something better, and they don’t even know it. People are looking to you, and you might not be able to make a temporal d...  Read More
Acts 2
by Audrey Rogers on May 6th, 2020
Acts 2:42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Many people have the notion that religion is a private affair, and that salvation is a personal thing. That may be true on a foundational level. But at some point, God is calling you into a community. Prayerfully read through Acts 2:42-47 a few times today and ask the Holy S...  Read More
Acts 1
by Audrey Rogers on May 5th, 2020
Acts 1:7It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. Whenever our family goes on a long trip, our youngest child will usually and persistently ask, “When are we getting there?” And often our response is the same, “We’re not sure; just enjoy the ride.” I think God answers that question similarly, “Trust me on the timing and enjoy the journey.” But that’...  Read More
John 21
by Audrey Rogers on May 4th, 2020
John 21:7When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment… and threw himself into the sea.  I love that picture. Utter abandon! He put on his coat and dove into the sea. Clearly this man lost all sight of himself. But he didn’t mind looking like a fool when it came to Jesus. David was the same way. When criticized for his love for God, he said, I’ll become even more undigni...  Read More
John 20
by Audrey Rogers on May 1st, 2020
John 20:26Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” A popular prayer these days is “Lord, open the door” because we simply can’t walk through doors that are closed. We need God to rearrange the situation. For us, it is a necessity. But for Jesus, the rules do not apply. There’s a shift in thinking. When the situation looks like one big closed do...  Read More