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MY LIFE FOR THE GOSPEL
Acts 6:8-7:60


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The history of the Church has been written in blood.  Since Jesus gave Himself for her sins at the cross, the Church has consistently borne witness to His suffering through its own.  She is not surprised by this fact since Jesus Himself said that His followers would be persecuted just as He was persecuted (John 15:18ff).  Millions have taken up their cross and given their lives for the One who did the same for them.  Many of their stories are told in books like “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” and “Jesus Freaks.”  Of course, many others have been forgotten in the pages of history and will only be revealed when their King returns (Revelation 6:9-11).  The followers of Christ have been, and continue to be, willing to lay their lives down for Jesus, their Savior.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 May 2014 )
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Acts 6:1-7: Serving the Gospel Print E-mail

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A rapidly growing Church has potential for problems.  It is hard to get everyone involved in a way that will encourage their sanctification and use their gifts.  It is hard to incorporate new people with the old people at times.  It is hard to make sure that no one slips through the cracks.  Even as a pastor of a smaller Church, I have found the last challenge to be particularly difficult.  Everyone has needs, spiritual needs and sometimes physical needs, that need to be addressed.  Of course, the Church could just ignore certain needs, and there are times when leaders have to make a decision about what they can and cannot do.  But these needs that often arise in a growing Church, really in any Church, require some administration.  They require some thought on the part of the leadership and perhaps some service on the part of the members to make sure that the needs of the Church are being met.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 May 2014 )
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Acts 5:17-42: The Greatest Proof of the Resurrection Print E-mail

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I believe that Jesus was raised from the dead.  I believe that the grave could not hold Him.  I believe that He paid for our sins at the cross and came back victorious from the dead.  I believe in the resurrection.  Yet, many doubt it.  Many wonder: ‘What proof do we really have that Jesus came back from the dead?’  Of course, the Bible gives us plenty of proof.  All four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, tell us that Jesus came back from the dead.  The rest of the New Testament bears witness to the resurrection.  Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15 that He appeared to more than five hundred people.  Thus, the proof is there.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 May 2014 )
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Acts 4:32-5:16: The Good, the Bad, and the Power of God Print E-mail

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Many Christians seem to be in search of the perfect Church.  Of course, what constitutes a perfect Church will vary from person to person.  Some want great singing and short sermons.  Some want great sermons and little singing.  Some want children’s ministry or youth ministry or young adult ministry or young at heart ministry.  Some want many programs others want no programs.  Some want more pot-lucks and others want less.  Some like blue carpet and others like it green.  Everyone seems to be looking for the perfect combination of what they want so that they can attend the perfect Church.  But the old joke is true: if we ever found the perfect Church we could not join it because then it would no longer be perfect.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 April 2014 )
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Acts 4:1-31: No Other Name Print E-mail

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Jesus is the greatest name in all the earth.  There is no greater name than the name of Jesus.  People may not honor His name now, but there is coming a Day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:9-11).  There is no other name like His Name.  And the reason His name is so great is because of what He did for us while on the earth.  He humbled Himself and became man, He perfectly obeyed the Father’s will, He gave Himself in our place at the cross, securing the redemption of all who call on His name, and He rose victorious from the grave and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.  When we speak of His name we are talking about all that He has done to redeem a people for Himself.  There is no other name like His because there is no other Savior like Him!

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2014 )
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Acts 3:1-26: From the Miracle to the Message Print E-mail

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I believe in the miraculous.  I believe the Lord held back the waters for Israel to cross the Red Sea.  I believe Elisha made an axe head float (2 Kings 6).  I believe Jonah spent a few nights in the belly of a fish before being spit out on dry ground.  I believe God came in the flesh.  I believe Jesus walked on water, calmed the storms, fed thousands, healed the sick, and raised the dead.  I believe that God has done all these things and more.  Yet, have you ever wondered why God does these things?  What is the purpose of miracles?  We could give several biblical answers to this question: they bring glory to God, they bring good to God’s people, they attest that a person is truly of God, they cause others to marvel at God and His power.  All of these are reasons why God uses miracles.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2014 )
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