Acts 24 “Delayed Decisions” – Nov.30, 2014 – CD# 1534

Acts 24

PAUL TESTIFIED TO GOVERNOR FELIX THAT THERE IS A DAY OF JUDGMENT COMING.  He told Felix that he had not been living right, and his sins were going to catch up with him. (Acts24) Felix heard, understood, and was even afraid, but he delayed making any decision. This is what people often do; they delay a decision that is certainly the most important decision they will ever make. Felix was convicted of his sin yet he put off any decision, telling Paul; “Go your way now. When it is convenient, I’ll call you.” He put off the most important decision of his life.

Many people have made this same mistake, delaying the decision to commit their lives to Christ. In that hour when God’s Spirit was convicting them of sin, and pointing them to Jesus, they put Him off!  With Felix, that convenient time never came. This is true of many people who delay making the decision to follow Jesus, only to discover that they had allowed the day of grace to slip away. Hell is filled with people who decided to wait for a more convenient time.

Acts 23 “Courageous Christian” – Sunday, 11/23/14 – cd# 1533

 Acts 23

THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS BACK IN PRISON FOR TESTIFYING TO THE JEWS ABOUT JESUS (Acts 23). He was rejected by his brethren who he loved, and prayed would come to Christ.   Jesus told Paul: “You testified of Me in Jerusalem. It didn’t work out the way you thought it would, so now you must testify in Rome.” Jesus took Paul out of his depression by calling him to put the past behind, and press on to what God had for him in the future. Christians must all do the same (Phil.3:14).

There may be times in your life when you have been forsaken by everyone. But Jesus will never leave you or forsake you. Paul was forsaken by most of his Jewish brothers, just as Jesus was, but the Lord, stood with him in those dark days of his life, and the Lord will always stand with you who love God

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Acts 22 “A Love For Israel” – Sunday 11/16/14 – 10am – cd#1532

Acts 22

THE APOSTLE PAUL LOVED HIS NATION, ISRAEL, and he had always wanted to share the gospel with his fellow Jews. He felt he understood them so well, that he could convince them Jesus was the Messiah.  Paul’s Love for Israel was that they might be saved. He had such a desire to reach the Jews that he was willing to die for the opportunity.

Here, in Acts 22, we see Paul, filled with the Spirit, while the people cry out; “Kill him, kill him, away with him” and still Paul pleaded for permission to address the angry Jews! So when he had been given permission, he stood up on the stairs of the Temple and began to speak to the crowd in Hebrew. This was Paul’s opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the Jews, it was the moment he had been waiting for since he asked Jesus Christ into his heart.

Acts 21 “Paul’s Steadfast Witness” – Sunday 10am 11/9/14 – CD# 1531

Acts 21

Paul was steadfast as he purposed in his heart to testify to the Jews at Jerusalem. Nothing would detour him – not fear of physical or emotional afflictions which the Holy Spirit warned him about. He did not fear what people would say or think, such as his friends weeping and warning. Paul was not concerned about unimportant and non-essentials, such as Jewish vows or men’s traditions.

Nothing would detour this steadfast witness for Jesus Christ, even when the actual physical abuse and false charges come he is still witnessing.

The Apostle Paul left Christians a great example and many lessons here in Acts chapter 21.

Acts 20 “The Blessed Good News” November 2, 2014 – CD#1530

Acts 20 The Early Church usually met on the first day of the week (Sunday – Resurrection day). Acts 20 tells us it was the day they gathered together to fellowship and break bread. When Paul wrote the Corinthians he also referred to Sunday as they day when they gathered together (1 Cor.16).

People may ask you, “What day of the week should we worship the Lord?” I would encourage you to take them to Romans 14 where Paul writes, “One person esteems one day above another; another person esteems every day alike”.  A Born Again Believer will consider ‘every day alike’. To the Christian every day is the Lord’s Day. We worship Jesus Christ every day of the week.

Acts 19:21-41 “Decision at Ephesus” Oct.26,2014 – CD#1529

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THE CHURCH HAS ALWAYS PROSPERED UNDER PERSECUTION. . When the church is protected by the government, it becomes weak & ineffective. When Jesus addressed the church of Ephesus in Rev.2, He said; “I have this against you, that you have left your first love – Repent and do the first works…” The Lord wants our love to remain fervent. He wants us to always be filled with the Holy Spirit.   The history of Ephesus, and this riot of Acts 19, is a warning to Christians about the importance of maintaining love for the things of God, and rejecting the temporary things of the world. By the end of the first century, other forces had crept into the church in Ephesus and they had lost their vitality, their love, and their power, until finally there was no church at all.                                       I pray we would never let our love grow cold, but that the fire of God’s Holy Spirit would always burn in our hearts & lives as we seek to serve Jesus here in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California and the uttermost parts of our world

Acts 19 “Spiritual Baptism” – 10/26/14 – cd#1528

Acts 19

WHO is Acts 19 about? The Holy Spirit, the 3rd Person of the Godhead, and His work in the Christian church!                                                                                                                         WHEN did this happen? After Paul asked them, “Did you receive The Holy Spirit when you believed”? He surely noticed a lack of power, or love for one another, & spiritual deadness!              WHAT happened? Paul laid his hands upon them, & the Holy Spirit came upon them & they spoke with tongues & prophesied! And God worked many miracles & Christ was glorified.                WHERE did this happen? In Ephesus, a stronghold of Satan! Where sorcery & ungodly, forbidden arts were plentiful!                                                                                                                           WHY did this happen? So Christians could know these are two separate experiences! Water Baptism, for repentance of sin, & Spiritual Baptism for the power to Love & overcome Satan!    HOW did this happen? By the laying on of hands; with Paul, & in Acts 8 with Peter & John in Samaria! But in Acts 10 there was no laying on of hands, the Spirit fell while Peter was speaking.                          There’s no formula with God, He will always do it His way.

Acts 18 “God’s Grace In Tough Times” 10/12/14 – cd#1527

Acts 18

WHO is Acts 18 about? The Corinthians & the ones who brought the Gospel to them; Paul, Silas, Timothy, Aquila, Priscilla!  And the Jews who opposed God’s Word & blasphemed!

WHAT happened? Paul came to a decision to go to the Gentiles & said to the Jews who had blasphemed; “Your blood be upon your own heads, from now on I will go to the Gentiles”.

WHEN did this happen? After Paul’s experience in Athens at the Areopagus, and when Silas & Timothy came from Macedonia!

WHERE did this happen? In Corinth, a huge cultural center & a worship center of Aphrodite, an idle of fertility sensuality!

WHY did this happen? So Christians can be encouraged, & know that God’s Grace will always be there in tough times; we should never be afraid! God is the same yesterday, today & forever!

HOW did this happen? It was only by the Grace of God that Paul was protected & the enemies of the Gospel were contained!

Acts 17:16-34 “Believe and Commit” – 10/5/14 – cd#1526

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EVERY PERSON WHO HEARS THE GOSPEL MUST DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES what they will do with God’s Word. Only the Holy Spirit enables a person to have the spiritual capacity to really understand the Gospel. In the parable of the sower (Mat.13) we learn that only one fourth of the seed (the Gospel) that is sown actually bears fruit. The difference is in the soil, which is the heart. If only one fourth of the people actually hear our message, and respond in the spirit, then we are experiencing what Jesus told us it would be like. But if you want to be one who bears fruit then you must believe and commit your life to Jesus, and surrender to His Holy Spirit.                                                           Here, in Acts 17, we see different responses to the Gospel; some mock, some delay making any decision, and some believe and commit their lives to Jesus Christ. It is important for you to decide for yourself because one day God is going to judge the world in righteousness through Jesus Christ.

Acts 17 “Students & Doers of God’s Word” – Sept. 28, 2014 – CD#1525

Acts 17

WHO turned the world upside-down? Paul & Silas & those who, like Paul & Silas, were hearers & doers of God’s Word!                                                                                                                             WHAT turned the world upside-down, and set it right?  God’s Word delivered with God’s Love                                                                                                                                                           WHEN did this happen? While passing through town! We are also pilgrims & strangers just passing through the world! We speak when it’s convenient & when it’s inconvenient!                                       WHERE did this happen? In the synagogue & in the streets! Among the religious folks & the gentiles–a great multitude!                                                                                                                                                           WHY did this happen? Because God’s Word is contrary to the way of Sin, Self, & the System! The messengers lived it!                                                                                                                        HOW did they turn the world upside-down? By reasoning, not arguing with people, reading from the Word of God! Proclaiming God’s Love toward mankind through the Life, Death & Resurrection of God’s Only Son, Jesus Christ!

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