'Acts' Tagged Posts

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BACK TO THE BIBLE

The 17th chapter of Acts says:  “Now the Bereans were more noble-minded than the Thessalonians. They received the word very eagerly and examined the Scriptures every day to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11  EHV). The Bereans were different, “more noble-minded,”  not by nature, but as believers in the coming Savior, God the Holy Spirit has given them a hunger and thirst for the Scriptures.   It is true that the preacher must bring his very best effort…

“WATCH YOUR STEP”

King Solomon penned a stunning line in the book of Ecclesiastes:  “Guard your steps when you go the house of God.” Watch your step!  Look out! Be careful when you go to church!  He posts a warning sign over our worship life like we might see at the door of a bus or at the top of a long winding staircase.  Watch your step! Danger! We might expect such a flashing, amber caution light to be posted near the gutters…

TAKING AFTER JESUS

Following Israel’s idolatrous episode of the golden calf, Moses ascends Mount Sinai a second time.  There on the windswept mountain, the Lord gives Moses a glimpse of His glory. When Moses comes down from the mountain, there is something different about him.  His face is radiant. He unconsciously radiates the reflected glory He has seen In regard to the apostles, the book of Acts tells us that the Jewish leaders “took note that these men had been with Jesus.”   …

“DO NOT HINDER THEM” – A REVIEW OF INFANT BAPTISM

“Baptism now saves you,” says Peter  in his first epistle (1 Peter 3:21).  Baptism is never spoken of as something we do for God, but as something God does for us – an expression of the gospel.  In The Gospel According To St. Mark, we are introduced to John’s “baptism for the forgiveness of sins,” and then to our sinless Savior who comes to Jordan’s bank for baptism as our Substitute to fulfill all righteousness. Understandably, as people were first…

“DO NOT HINDER THEM”

The Gospels tell us that little children were brought to Jesus that He might bless them.  The Gospel According To St. Luke uses the term “babies.” One of the chief ways we bring our children to Jesus is in Holy Baptism.  There are some denominations which do not offer this means of grace to little children.  A review of what the Scriptures say is always helpful. In The Gospel According To St. Mark, we are introduced to John’s “baptism for…

POTEMKIN CHRISTIANS?

Ever hear of a “Potemkin Village?” In the late 18th century, Catherine the Great, Empress of all Russia, was out touring the provinces of her country. But Russia was a mess.  Poverty and squalor were all over the place. Conditions were disgraceful. The second most powerful person in the empire was her boyfriend, Prince Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin. Potemkin wanted to put on a good show for the empress as she toured the country.     So at the first village she came…

BACK TO THE BIBLE!

There is a neat line in the 17th chapter of Acts:  “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” The Bereans are of a more noble character, says the Bible, not by nature, for we are all dead in sin and enemies of God by nature.  But as souls who have already been brought to…

GOOD HABITS

Luke tells us that Jesus “went to Nazareth where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom…” We find similar statements throughout the four Gospels.  Each worship day, Jesus could be found in some synagogue or at the temple in Jerusalem.   Christ did not stand aloof from the family of believers, gathering only with the strong in faith.  He did not think it beneath Him to keep company…

MEET DR. LUKE

In the last couple of years our sermon series have covered portions of both the Old & New Testaments.  Most recently, we have studied: Gems From The Prophet Jeremiah The Acts Of The Apostles The “Joseph” Chapters of Genesis The Life of Solomon from 1 Kings The Letter of Paul To The Philippians The Prophet Obadiah On this first Sunday of Advent we return once more to the heart of it all – to the life of our Lord and…

“WHEN YOU PASS THROUGH THE WATERS”

In the second to the last chapter of Acts Paul is shipwrecked on his way to Rome to stand trial before Caesar.  It isn’t the first time.  “Three times I was shipwrecked,” he writes to the Christians at Corinth (2 Corinthians 11:25). In Acts 27 we do not have the longest, but we do have the most precise account ever given of an ancient sea voyage.  Even Homer’s Odyssey does not contain the precise nautical terms used by St. Luke,…

DAILY BREAD

Some years ago the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City went to some unusual lengths to ensure a big turnout. The 1500 seats were nearly filled on “No Excuse Sunday” as the church provided an answer for about 15 of the congregation’s most  well-worn excuses for not attending worship.  For instance: For those who would rather fish than think about the wages of sin, fish were stocked in the church fountain.  Rods and reels were provided. The preacher showed a…

WRITING OUR OWN OBITUARY

The old joke is that you know the day is off to a good start if you check the morning paper and your obituary is not in it. But what if it was?  What would it say?  Would it say what you imagine?  Once you’re gone and can’t argue about it, how would others sums up your life? One morning in 1888, a man named Alfred Nobel found out. The famous and wealthy inventor of dynamite  awoke to read his…
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