The Acts of the Early Church (Page 2)

The Acts of the Early Church (Page 2)

The Resurrection of the Righteous and the Wicked

A business was opening a new store and a friend of the owner sent flowers to the ribbon cutting ceremony. The flowers arrived on time and at the right location, but when the owner opened the card that was attached to the flowers it read this: “Rest in Peace”. The angry owner phoned the florist right away to complain about this obvious mix-up. The florist tried to calm him and said, “Sir, I am very sorry for out mistake, but…

The Christian’s Confession of Faith

Something strangely disappeared from the life of the evangelical church. More strange, very few noticed that something is missing and even fewer are alarmed by it. This vanished element is not a peripheral one, but rather it is central to the church’s identity and to the church’s health. What is this missing piece that has faded away like a morning fog? It is nothing less than active, orthodox confession of our faith. Such a confession has not been by the…

God’s Providential Protection

It was Christmas Eve in the year 1875 and Ira Sankey was traveling down the Delaware River on a steamboat. Ira Sankey was recognized by some of the other passengers; his picture had been in the newspaper in coordination with some of the evangelistic meetings that Dwight L Moody had been holding. Ira Sankey was Dwight L. Moody’s song leader. The passengers asked Ira Sankey if he would favor them with a song from the list that he had written.…

God’s Authority and You

From the time that we are born God designs for us to live as a people under authority. Yet, we find this design unpleasant to our flesh’s desires and so from the earliest of our days we resist God’s design for us in this. Young parents eagerly await the first words emanating from their son’s or daughter’s little mouth; will it be “Mommy” or will it be “Daddy.” We try to teach them and train them, even before they can…

God’s Great Salvation

I cannot help but think that Paul was considering the miraculous transformation of his own life as he wrote those words. In this study we take up the topic of conversion. Conversion is that act of God whereby a sinner’s heart is changed so that he or she becomes alive unto God. The disciples asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus took a little child and gathered that little one to His side and He…

A Heart of Courage

The church of Jesus Christ can only be fruitful if we hold onto a heart of courage. A commitment to courage is the necessary pre-requisite for God’s blessing. Even a cursory reading of the Old and New Testament reveals that faith and courage join together in the hearts of God’s people to accomplish God’s work and His will. Noah courageously preached righteousness to accomplish God’s will in his generation. Moses, encouraged, confronted Pharaoh. David took up a sling to meet…

A Charge to Church Leaders, Part 2

When our oldest son, Alexander, was about seven months old Kimberly and I decided to adventure out on a date night to a Texas Rangers baseball game. At this point we didn’t have a regular baby sitter so we called a teenager in our church to see if she was available. Her mother had recommended her to us. We were thankful when she accepted the job. The night arrived and we kissed our little boy farewell as we entrusted our…

A Charge to Church Leaders, Part 1

The message I bring to you specifically focuses on church leaders. This is the audience that Paul addresses in Acts 20. Paul gives counsel and encouragement to the elders at the church in Ephesus on this last retreat that he will ever have with them. Paul has enjoyed a deep friendship with these men as he lived among them for years; loving them through his service, his sacrifice, and his teaching. These men are now given the sacred duty of…