With new challenges it is encouraging that the Lord has been preparing me for them. Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. Psalm 144v1 We might not welcome the challenge ahead, but without it, the skills he has developed in us will … Continue reading Facing Challenges
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In a divisive world the counsel of Jerusalem stands as a beacon of hope. While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers: “Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Acts 15v1 Two theologies had developed … Continue reading Humility in Conflict
What is the trail we leave behind? Is it of love, zeal or complacency? In our pursuit of Jesus we fall into traps. After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Galatians 3:3 I run ahead of Jesus. I presume that by … Continue reading What trail do I leave?
I can be indignant at the way people relate with me. I want God to deal with them but when I see how the Lord has dealt with me I see gentleness. There he has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy, the shields and swords and weapons of war. Psalm 76:3 I am interrupted … Continue reading Dealing with enemies?
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How do we interpret events? When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, “These men are gods in human form!” Acts 14:11-12 Core beliefs overrode reality. Paul had preached Christ, but since he did a miracle he must be a god. Paul and Barnabas ran out among the people, … Continue reading Reality Check
Many want endorsement through signs and wonders, after all- God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him. Acts 2:22 Yet we forget that endorsement was not enough Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. Acts 2:23 When … Continue reading Who is exalted?
There are people who seem to spread a spiritual death wherever they go and whatever their intentions. These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way. They spit venom like deadly snakes; they are like cobras that refuse to listen, Psalm 58:3-4 These people are likened to … Continue reading Response to wickedness