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Today we will finish our observations of Paul in Philippi. Read Acts 16: 25 – 40.
Meet the jailer. A solid, middle class, working man … a Roman citizen … a soldier in Philippi. His responsibilities included guarding the prisoners that were placed in his prison. It’s where Paul and Silas had been placed. This jailer was conscientious. He knew he was responsible for them … so he seemed to get into the mood of the leaders … not only placed these “hardened criminals” in an inner cell (that meant no windows … no fresh air … imagine it!) … but More >
Let’s continue to observe Paul in Philippi … read Acts 16: 16 – 25
We are given the opportunity to see another snapshot of Paul and his team’s experiences in Philippi. This time it is an encounter with the opposite end of the social spectrum from Lydia … this time it is with a slave girl. Remember, slaves were not people, they were property – considered to be a “tool”. And this piece of property was used by her owners to make money telling fortunes … there was a spirit indwelling her that was not from God. However, even demons know who More >
Welcome back! I pray that you had eyes to see the presence of God through your holiday season. I saw Him in laughter and joy. I saw Him in shared meals and family circles. I saw Him in prayers of thanksgiving to God the Father. I saw Him in broken relationships restoring and strengthening. I saw Him in new birth. I saw Him in mother-love being poured out onto new babies. I saw Him in tears over the pain of loved ones. I saw Him in the joy of ‘homecomings’. I saw Him in different precious ones saying, ‘How can I More >
“We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Cor 4:18
A Christian should keep his eye on his journey’s end, just as our Lord Jesus, while enduring the cross, kept focus on the joy that was before Him (Heb 12:2). And again when the stones flew towards Stephen, his eyes were lifted up to heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing More >
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” – Psalm 136:1
Let us bless God for the eyes with which we behold the sun, for the health and strength to walk abroad in the sunlight; let us praise Him for the mercies which are new every morning, for the bread we eat, for the clothes we wear, for houses which give us shelter.
Let us bless Him that we are not deprived of our reason, or stretched upon the bed of suffering; let us praise Him that we are not cast out among the hopeless, More >
The book of Hosea contains 4 messages, or sermons, from the prophet. The first message is in chapters 1 – 3 which we considered in Week 7. It describes the physical circumstances that God led Hosea through in order to picture the wretchedness of Israel’s condition.
In Week 8 we will look at Hosea’s second message. Commentators disagree on where to place a break between messages 2 and 3. For our purposes, we are going to follow the break point that is used by Kay Arthur in her Precept study on Hosea. Therefore, we will consider Message 2 to be More >
We began our journey through the gospel of Matthew with the recognition that in this book, Jesus was portrayed as the King – King of his kingdom. Matthew writes so much about the Kingdom of heaven. (Kingdom of God) As disciples of Jesus, we are citizens of His kingdom … subjects to King Jesus.
To conclude our journey, I want to share with you the lyrics to a song written by Jason Ingram and Robbie Seay. To me they wrap up the message in this splendid gospel. They speak the words that I could not form myself. I offer them More >
“We also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” – Romans 5:11
The doctrine of the atonement is very simple. Christ is treated as if He were the sinner, and the sinner is treated as if He were the righteous one.
It is a change of persons — Christ becomes the sinner; He stands in the sinner’s place; He was numbered with the transgressors; the sinner becomes righteous; He stands in Christ’s place, and is numbered with the righteous ones.
Christ has no sin of his own, but He takes human guilt, More >
There is a truth about Christian living which, if people knew it, would make all of life easier for them. The truth is this: Whatever trial or task comes our way in life, we will receive the strength we need to face it. There are several promises that give this assurance.
One reads, “your strength will equal your days.” (Deut 33:25) This seems to mean that the help which God gives, varies according to the tasks and trials of the particular day. God fits His blessing to our days.
When we are weak, He increases strength. (Isa 40:29) When we are sorrowful, More >
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
It is one of the wonders of divine love, that God will take even our blemishes and sins, when we truly repent of them and give them to Him, and make them blessings to us in some way.
Someone once showed an expensive handkerchief to an artist. The hankerchief had a blot of ink on it.
“Nothing can be done with that!” the person said, thinking that the handkerchief was now ruined and worthless. The More >