July, 2019


THE BOOK OF ACTS – SAME OLD STORY

CHAPTER 23 SAME OLD STORY “The next day, determined to get to the root of the trouble and to know for sure what was behind the Jewish accusation, the captain released Paul and ordered a meeting of the high priests and the High Council to see what they could make of it. Paul was led in and took his place …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – THE FEAR OF GOD

THE FEAR OF GOD “When the centurion heard that, he went directly to the captain. ’Do you realise what you’ve done? This man is a Roman citizen!’ “The captain came back and took charge. ’Is what I hear right? You’re a Roman citizen?’ “Paul said, ‘I certainly am.’ “The captain was impressed. ’I paid a huge sum for my citizenship. …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – EYE FOR AN EYE

EYE FOR AN EYE “The people in the crowd had listened attentively up to this point, but now they broke loose, shouting out, ‘Kill him! He’s an insect! Stomp on him!’ They shook their fists. They filled the air with curses. That’s when the captain intervened and ordered Paul taken into the barracks. By now the captain was thoroughly exasperated. …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – A HORNET’S NEST

A HORNETS’ NEST! “‘And that’s when I met Ananias, a man with a sterling reputation in observing our laws — the Jewish community in Damascus is unanimous on that score. He came and put his arm on my shoulder. ‘Look up,’ he said. I looked, and found myself looking right into his eyes — I could see again! “Then he …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – BLINDED AND BLIND

BLINDED AND BLIND! “As I arrived on the outskirts of Damascus about noon, a blinding light blazed out of the skies and I fell to the ground, dazed. I heard a voice, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?’ “Who are you, Master?’ I asked. “He said, ‘I am Jesus, the Nazarene, the One you’re hunting down.’ My …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – READY TO KILL FOR GOD

CHAPTER 22 READY TO KILL FOR GOD “Standing on the barracks steps, Paul turned and held his arms up. A hush fell over the crowd as Paul began to speak. He spoke in Hebrew. “‘My dear brothers and fathers, listen carefully to what I have to say before you jump to conclusions about me.’ When they heard him speaking Hebrew, …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – IF GOD BE FOR US

IF GOD BE FOR US “The captain came up and put Paul under arrest. He first ordered him handcuffed and then asked who he was and what he had done.  All he got from the crowd were shouts, one yelling this, another that. It was impossible to tell one word from another in the mob hysteria, so the captain ordered …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?

WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? “Soon the whole city was in an uproar, people running from everywhere to the Temple to get in on the action. They grabbed Paul, dragged him outside, and locked the Temple gates so he couldn’t get back in and gain sanctuary. “As they were trying to kill him, word came to the captain …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – ASSUMING IS LYING!

ASSUMING IS LYING! “When the seven days of their purification were nearly up, some Jews from around Ephesus spotted him in the Temple. At once they turned the place upside-down. They grabbed Paul and started yelling at the tops of their lungs, ‘Help! You Israelites, help! This is the man who is going all over the world telling lies against …Continue reading →

THE BOOK OF ACTS – REALLY, PAUL!

REALLY, PAUL! “‘We’re worried about what will happen when they discover you’re in town. There’s bound to be trouble. So here is what we want you to do. There are four men from our company who have taken a vow involving ritual purification, but have no money to pay the expenses. Join these men in their vows and pay their …Continue reading →