May, 2019


THE BOOK OF ACTS – A JOB WELL DONE

A JOB WELL DONE “Paul and Barnabas handpicked leaders in each church. After praying — their prayers intensified by fasting — they presented these new leaders to the Master to whom they had entrusted their lives. Working their way back through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia and preached in Perga. Finally, they made it to Attalia and caught a ship …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – ANCHORED IN TRUTH

ANCHORED IN TRUTH “After proclaiming the Message in Derbe and establishing a strong core of disciples, they retraced their steps to Lystra, then Iconium, then Antioch, putting muscle and sinew into the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not to quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn’t be easy. ‘Anyone signing …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS- BATTLING THE LOSER

BATTLING THE LOSER “Then some Jews from Antioch and Iconium caught up with them and turned the fickle crowd against them. They beat Paul unconscious, dragged him outside the town and left him for dead. But as the disciples gathered around him, he came to and got up. He went back into town and the next day left with Barnabas …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS- OUT OF THE BLACK HOLE

OUT OF THE BLACK HOLE  “‘In the generations before us, God let all the different nations go their own way. But even then He didn’t leave them without a clue, for He made a good creation, poured down rain and gave bumper crops. When your bellies were full and your hearts happy, there was evidence of good beyond your doing.’ …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – A TRAGIC TRADE

A TRAGIC TRADE “When Paul and Barnabas finally realised what was going on, they stopped them. Waving their arms, they interrupted the parade, calling out, ‘What do you think you’re doing? We’re not gods. We are men just like you, and we’re here to bring you the Message, to persuade you to abandon these silly god-superstitions and embrace God Himself, …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – THE WAR INTENSIFIES

THE WAR INTENSIFIES ‘”But then there was a split in public opinion, some siding with the Jews, some with the apostles. One day, learning that both the Jews and non-Jews had been organised by their leaders to beat them up, they escaped as best they could to the next towns — Lyconia, Lystra, Derbe and that neighbourhood — but then …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – CONFIDENCE WORTH HAVING

CHAPTER 14 CONFIDENCE WORTH HAVING “When they got to Iconium they went, as they always did, to the meeting place of the Jews, and gave their message. The Message convinced both Jews and non-Jews — and not just a few, either. But the unbelieving Jews worked up a whispering campaign against Paul and Barnabas, sowing mistrust and suspicion in the …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

IN THE EYE OF THE STORM “Some of the Jews convinced the most respected women and leading men of the town that their precious way of life was about to be destroyed. Alarmed, they turned on Paul and Barnabas and forced them to leave. Paul and Barnabas shrugged their shoulders and went on to the next town, Iconium, brimming with …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – OUTSIDERS IN – INSIDERS OUT

OUTSIDERS IN – INSIDERS OUT “Paul and Barnabas didn’t back down. Standing their ground they said, “It is required that the Word of God be spoken first of all to you, the Jews. But seeing that you want no part of it — you’ve made it clear that you have no taste or inclination for eternal life — the door …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – POWERFUL NONSENSE!

POWERFUL NONSENSE! “When the service was over, Paul and Barnabas were invited back to preach again the next Sabbath. As the meeting broke up, a good many Jews and converts to Judaism went along with Paul and Barnabas, who urged them in long conversations to stick with what they’d started; this living in and by God’s grace.” Acts 13:42-43 (The …Continue reading →