Reading. Understanding. Obedience.

Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge…

Sincere or Misguided?

But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” And they heeded him because he had…

Boldness Makes a Difference

Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and…

Are You Willing to Pray?

Now Saul was consenting to his [Stephen’s] death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he…

The Question of Wisdom & the Preciousness of God’s Word

The older I get (or I could say the further into life I get) the more I realize how often I struggle to know the best thing to do when confronted with a dilemma. I’m daily confronted with scenarios, largely but not completely, provided by my offspring which can leave me wondering how to handle…

Carnal Christianity

There is nothing worse than a carnal religious person. When a believer succumbs to sinful thinking, she or he leaves themselves vulnerable to much worse things if confession and repentance do not follow.

Deacons, Boldness, & Meekness

This chapter has haunted me for a couple of weeks as I have attempted many times to write about it… Being a deacon is not a position of power, or of influence… It’s about ministering and being a godly example.

Count it Joy!

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke….

Vanity or Effective Ministry?

Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and…

A Worthwhile Winter

Winter is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere. The weather is decidedly cold. Daylight is short and the dark of night seems long. The bright colors of spring and summer have long since faded, and the bronze tones of harvest have been reduced to dull brown. The seasons we associate with new growth and productivity…