Monthly Archives: October 2014

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

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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

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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.