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No Fear of Murder (this time)

February 18th, 2017 · No Comments

Acts 7:57-59 (New Living Translation) 57 Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him 58 and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 As they […]

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The Face of an Angel

February 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Acts 6:15 (New Living Translation) At this point everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s. How did Stephen appear in this verse? Whatever it was, everyone was staring at him. I guess is appearance was remarkable in some way. The rest of the verse states […]

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The Radical Proclamation

January 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Acts 5:42 (New Living Translation) And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.” Yeah, yeah, yeah, blah blah blah. NOT. What the followers of Jesus were doing was radical. It was dangerous—deadly dangerous as some were executed for this. Here […]

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The New Rite of Purification

January 7th, 2017 · No Comments

Acts 2:38 (New Living Translation) Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This may be the most familiar verse in the Bible to […]

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The Miracle of Moses

November 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Acts 7:20-21 (New Living Translation) 20 “At that time Moses was born—a beautiful child in God’s eyes. His parents cared for him at home for three months. 21 When they had to abandon him, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and raised him as her own son. These verses are from Stephen giving his defense for preaching […]

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The Gospel in One Phrase

May 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Acts 13:39a  (New Living Translation) Everyone who believes in him (Jesus) is declared right with God… Pretty simple, huh. This is yet another example of how brevity and clarity often go together. Why is it that we make this so complicated? Perhaps to show how smart I am. God, help me to remove myself and […]

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Prison, Jews, and Gentiles

April 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Acts 8:3 (New Living Translation) But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison. Saul, later to be the Apostle Paul, was trying to destroy this new group of persons who followed after Jesus of Nazareth. He was […]

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The Super-Human Creation – Beating Seven Men

February 16th, 2014 · No Comments

Acts 19:16 (New Living Translation) Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered. This describes another instance of what I consider the super-human creation. One man beat seven in a fight. The accomplishment here is diminished […]

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Angels and Physical Objects

January 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Acts 12:6-10 (New Living Translation) 6 The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. 7 Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on […]

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Unusual Wisdom

January 19th, 2014 · No Comments

Acts 7:9-10 (New Living Translation) “These patriarchs were jealous of their brother Joseph, and they sold him to be a slave in Egypt. But God was with him 10 and rescued him from all his troubles. And God gave him favor before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. God also gave Joseph unusual wisdom, so that Pharaoh appointed […]

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