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…

God’s Timing is Best

God has such an amazing sense of humor! This passage tells the “rest of the story,” and highlights the frustration of the religious leaders of that time. Take some time and outline the opinions and emotions of the characters: the high priest (possibly Caiaphas from John 11:49), the Angel of the Lord, the officers, the…

How is Your Faith?

Acts 5:12-16 And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and…

The Danger of Lying

Acts 5:1-11 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to…

Give

Acts 4:32-37 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there…

Be Thankful!

Acts 4:23-32 And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all…

Fear or Boldness?

Acts 4:1-22 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for…

My Transformed Candy Jar

A few years ago, I was at a ceramic shop in a town near where I live and there was a cute little jar that said “Thankful Jar.” I thought about what a great idea that was, went home, and immediately changed my useless candy jar into a thankful jar. Each time something happens that…

Help Me!

“Help me! Help me!” We came closer to the pleading person as we casually trekked along downtown Indianapolis on our way to a coffee break. It was a balmy day, and our son visiting from Chicago and our youngest granddaughter were with us. Our son wanted to visit “The Oldest Shoe Store in the United…