WILY AS A SNAKE “The aides were scandalised. ’How dare you talk to God’s Chief Priest like that!’ “Paul acted surprised. ’How was I to know he was Chief Priest? He doesn’t act like a Chief Priest. You’re right, the Scripture does say, “Don’t speak abusively to a ruler of the people.” Sorry.’ “Paul, knowing that some of the council …Continue reading →


FOLLOW JESUS “The apostles and leaders called a special meeting to consider the matter. The arguments went on and on, back and forth, getting more and more heated. Then Peter took the floor. ‘Friends, you well know that from early on God made it quite plain that He wanted the pagans to hear the Message of this good news and …Continue reading →


THE CHURCH ON A KNIFE EDGE “As they were sent off and on their way, they told everyone they met about the breakthrough to the Gentile outsiders. Everyone who heard the news cheered — it was terrific news! “When they got to Jerusalem, Paul and Barnabas were graciously received by the whole church, including the apostles and leaders. They reported …Continue reading →

The Power Of The Cross – The Forgiveness Of Sins

THE POWER OF THE CROSS THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS . . . In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Col. 1: 14) This topic should have been at the beginning of our series, but I have left it to last because it sums up everything we experience through the power of the cross. Do you know what it …Continue reading →

Nailed Again!

NAILED AGAIN! Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch Him in His words. They came to Him and said, ‘Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the …Continue reading →

Marriage Is God’s Idea

 MARRIAGE IS GOD’S IDEA Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to Him and, as was His custom, He taught them. Some Pharisees came and tested Him by asking, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ ‘What did Moses command you?’ He replied. …Continue reading →

Beware The Leaven

BEWARE THE LEAVEN The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test Him, they asked Him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, ‘Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.’ Then He left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other …Continue reading →

The Folly Of Tradition

THE FOLLY OF TRADITION The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, and saw some of His disciples eating with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the …Continue reading →


  POPULARITY Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus. Jesus withdrew with His disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. When they heard about all He was doing, many people came to Him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre …Continue reading →

Doing Nothing Is Doing Evil

DOING NOTHING IS DOING EVIL Another time He went into the synagogue, and a man with a shrivelled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched Him closely to see if He would heal Him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shrivelled hand, ‘Stand up in front …Continue reading →