Acts, Scripture

Church Growth in Acts: The First Christian Sermon

through the proclamation of the Gospel Peter’s Weak Logic In the moments before Peter courageously stood up and delivered the first Christian sermon, the Holy Spirit had fallen upon him and the apostles in a visible way, as tongues of flare, and they began speaking in other languages. People from all around were amazed, but […]

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Acts, Scripture

Church Growth in Acts: It is God

Through the Power of the Holy Spirit The Pentecost To understand the importance of the time and place for the gift of the power of the Holy Spirit, we have to go back to the timing of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry was the week leading up […]

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Church Growth in Acts: Prayer & Preparation

Prepare to Pray – Pray – Pray to Prepare Dear Theophilus At the beginning of Luke’s second book to Theophilus, he begins by setting the scene, and picking up from where he left off. If you have watched any TV shows recently, you will realize how this technique hasn’t changed much. New episodes begin something […]

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Acts, Scripture

Church Growth in Acts: Introduction to a Series

A Study of church growth in Acts (An introduction to a series I will be writing from Acts) Throughout Luke’s recording of the Acts of the Apostles, we read about how the church grew in the midst of this whirlwind of activity. The disciples are persecuted and scattered, yet the church grew. Followers of the […]

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Scripture

It Bears Repeating

For the Faithful, the Truth bears Repeating Ever heard you pastor preach a sermon that you could swear he has preached before? You listen carefully and you are fairly certain this isn’t just the same topic, but it seems like he is actually preaching the same sermon, word for word. Here is a little secret […]

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Scripture

Trust but Verify

Doveryai, no proveryai – Trust but Verify It is not just a nice Russian proverb. It is solid advice that spans cultures and generations. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trust,_but_verify) Long before Ronald Reagan learned this simple, yet powerful proverb, the concept behind it was used in Synagogues when dealing with prophets. Jesus encountered this when he went to the […]

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Ministry, Scripture

Why do Christians suffer?

As a Christian, why do we suffer? The answer to this is not a simple one. There is no one easy answer to why a Christian may suffer. There are actually many reasons why a child of God may find himself or herself in the midst of suffering. Out of all the reasons (no, I […]

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Scripture

Listen!

Listen. Listen! Hannah, one of my favorite adopted daughters loves to say this. I love saying it back to her. Normally, though, she says this after someone makes a remark that she doesn’t like. Me: Is it even physically possible for you to put down your phone? Hannah: Listen! It is said in such a […]

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Ministry, Worship

Footprints in the Sand: The story of footprints on the beach of my life

Footprints in the Sand There is a wonderful poem, attributed to at least a few people, that has evolved and changed over the years, which many Christians love and have found hope through. From my research, there seems to be a few different versions of it written by different people, which is not surprising to […]

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Perspective: In considering Scripture and in living out life, we must keep things in perspective

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18) While I love a good quote, I’m not in the habit of quoting people like Neil deGrasse Tyson. However, this time I really feel the need […]

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