In the Word

isn’t she lovely?

Holy Spirit discernment and a message that both offends and invites.  These are the characteristics of the early Church that were highlighted for me this morning as I read chapters 7 and 8 of Acts.  Discernment ~ Go back with me to chapter 5 and the story of Ananias and Sapphira. Peter said to Ananias,… Continue reading isn’t she lovely?

In the Word

still building

I have just a few, scattered thoughts today after reading the fifth chapter of Acts. Ananias and Sapphira (v. 1-11).  Right away God made something clear to the Church. He will not allow deception to prosper.  I think it was quite the 'tone setting' moment.  A look at the different headlines, just in my lifetime,… Continue reading still building

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i want to be like them

A miraculous healing turned into an opportunity for the gospel, which resulted in persecution, which brought yet another gospel moment, resulting in threats, which compelled the Church into prayer, which brought an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the boldness they were seeking.  All that took place in the 3rd and 4th chapters of Acts, and… Continue reading i want to be like them

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the ‘we’ of God

Exodus closes with the building of the tabernacle and the glory of the Lord filling it. As I turned the final page of that book, my mind immediately went forward to what God is building today. "And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his… Continue reading the ‘we’ of God