Monthly Archives: July 2019

Running around? Or trusting in God? (Acts 27)

The contrast between Paul and the sailors couldn’t be more drastic in this story. The sailors were panicking, running all around trying everything possible to save themselves. The result? Despair. Paul, on the other hand, heard God’s words of encouragement … Continue reading

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Handpicked (Acts 22)

I find Ananias’ words to Paul very interesting. The God of our ancestors has appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the words from his mouth, since you will be a witness for … Continue reading

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The message of God’s grace (Acts 20)

Often times, we think of the message of God’s grace, namely the Gospel, as merely something that leads to our salvation. But while that’s true, it’s something more. Paul told the Ephesians this: And now I commit you to God … Continue reading

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Angry at evil? (Acts 17)

This past week, in Japan (where I live), a terrible incident happened in which 34 were people were killed due to an arsonist who set fire to an anime studio called Kyoto Animation. A friend of mine, who is an … Continue reading

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How people respond to the gospel (Acts 17)

The response of the Atheniens to Paul’s message on Mars Hill is interesting to me. Paul gave a marvelous presentation on who God is and was starting to give the message of the gospel when he was forced to stop. … Continue reading

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The hand of the Lord (Acts 12)

Yesterday, we saw the hand of the Lord reaching out to lead and empower his people. Today, we see it in three other ways. We see his hand reaching out to save, rescuing Peter from prison. We see his hand … Continue reading

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The hand of the Lord (Acts 11)

Verse 21 really struck me today. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. It’s really easy to look at this chapter and see how the hand of the Lord was with … Continue reading

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A chosen instrument (Acts 9)

It’s easy, sometimes, to read something God has said in scripture, and think, “This could never apply to me.” I think that’s definitely true for verse 15 in this chapter. Here, God says to Ananias, “This man (Saul) is my … Continue reading

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Filled (Acts 6)

As I was reading this passage and thinking about Stephen and the other people chosen by the apostles, these words struck me: They were “full of the Spirit and of wisdom,” and “full of grace and power.” As I read … Continue reading

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Taking God lightly (Acts 5:1-11)

This passage is not a comfortable one. But I don’t think we should be avoiding uncomfortable passages. God put them there for a reason. Here you have God striking down Ananias and Sapphira for their sin. Why? Not only did … Continue reading

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