Acts 19
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 11
on May 19th, 2020
Acts 11:25-26Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. Everybody had grave suspicions when it came to this fellow named Saul. And for good reason. He wreaked havoc upon the church for years. And recent reports of him now claiming to follow Jesus was probably just interpreted as some kind of ploy. Allow him admittance? Psshh. No way!   Then came...  Read More
Acts 10
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
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
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