Monthly Archives: July 2014

Acts 10 “Good News For All” – 7/27/14 – CD#1516

Traditions are sometimes stronger than doctrine; and often we hold our traditions even when they are not doctrinally sound. As far as the Jews were concerned, the Gentiles (anyone not a Jew) were unclean. For a person with a strong Jewish background, it would have been extremely difficult to rise above the hold tradition had on him. (Acts 10Acts 10) Peter grew up in the Jewish traditions, and looked upon the Gentiles as unclean. Now the Lord was going to bring about in Peter a very radical and dramatic change – the realization that God would save Gentiles! The Jews did not believe a Gentile could be saved. They believed the Gentiles had to proselytize (convert) to the Jewish faith in order to be saved. This was the belief of the early church. Now Jesus would break Peter and the early church away from that tradition.

Acts 9 “The Way of Love” 7/20/14 – CD#1515

God sees that we are attracted by sin, and He resolves to attract us with His more powerful Way of Love. Remember when Jesus first moved you away from the fascinations of the world? He will do this again and again, whenever He sees us being attracted to sin. Just as he did for Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9), Jesus will take you and me to a lonely place. And this place is not a paradise, but a wilderness, because in such a place there will be nothing to take our attention from our God. In loneliness and affliction the presence of Jesus Christ becomes everything to us, and we love His fellowship more than any other. When we are all alone the Lord has great things to say to us as He speaks to our heart. Lord, help us understand this promise through our experience! Alone and comforted by the Way of Love, we will know the Lord more intimately, and sing for joy! Acts 9 Demascus

Acts 8:26-40 “Submitting to God’s Plans” 7/13/14 – CD#1515

Acts 8THE MAN OF ETHIOPIA, (Acts 8:26-40) was a man with great authority who had a sincere desire to know God, and come to be submitted to God’s plan. In his search for God, he had gone to Jerusalem, and acquired the Holy Scriptures. He was going back to Ethiopia when Philip, who was a man of great Spiritual authority, met him and taught him about Jesus Christ from the Holy Scriptures. I believe God honors hearts that are searching sincerely for Him. I believe God will reveal Himself to an honest heart that is truly seeking Him. There are stories of people in remote areas who, when missionaries came to share the truth of Jesus Christ, these people said; “We’ve come to believe in Him, we just didn’t know His name!”

Acts 8 “Preaching Through Persecution” July 6, 2014 CD#1514

Stephen could no longer be with his loved ones, for his hour had come to die; but he left them with a message and a vision from the Holy Spirit – the Glory of God awaits us. When our loved ones are called home to Jesus, we must console ourselves with the fact that they’re in the Glorious presence of God. Though our loved ones have left, Christ has not left us but lives with us forever. What joy we have! God is with us as individuals; as families, and churches. The early church continued preaching the Gospel bravely and joyously through persecution. They knew Stephen was in the Glorious presence of God, and that Christ was with them. The Gospel must continue, the truth must win, for the Lord is with those who are with Him. Every day God’s Holy Word brings strength and joy to every Christian who turns to Him. No greater happiness is possible.