2019 Day 50 – Acts 23-24

2019 Day 50 – Acts 23-24

Is your conscience always the best guide?  Paul said he had always followed his.  “And looking intently at the council, Paul said, ‘Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.’” (Acts 23:1)  Paul also said he did things contrary to God’s will.  “I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth.” (Acts 26:9)  So how do we make sure that our conscience is not leading us…

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2019 Day 49 – Acts 21-22

2019 Day 49 – Acts 21-22

When he was being urged for his own safety to not go up to Jerusalem, Paul was adamant that he was going.  “Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’” (Acts 21:13)  Paul’s focus, as ours should be, was to serve the Lord no matter what it took.  “For to me to live is Christ, and to die…

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2019 Day 48 – Acts 19-20

2019 Day 48 – Acts 19-20

Paul explained his example of working hard, not to benefit himself but to use what he gained to help those less fortunate.  “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)  If our giving is with the proper motives, we please God and show our trust in His continued…

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2019 Day 47 – Acts 17-18

2019 Day 47 – Acts 17-18

Study of God’s Word takes diligence, like the Bereans had.  “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” (Acts 17:11)  Paul also encouraged us thru his second letter to Timothy that we should make sure we understand and are living by the Word.  “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of…

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2019 Day 46 – Acts 15-16

2019 Day 46 – Acts 15-16

Paul and Barnabas did a lot of work together, but their relationship was not without issue.  “And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.” (Acts 15:39-40)  Notice they did not let their disagreement stop them from doing good.  They both continued to do God’s work and actually turned what would…

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2019 Day 45 – Acts 13-14

2019 Day 45 – Acts 13-14

Paul had people with vastly different opinions of him.  Some treated him as a god, but not much later some were stoning him.  “And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycaonian, ‘The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!’” (Acts 14:11)  “But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.” (Acts 14:19)  In…

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2019 Day 44 – Acts 11-12

2019 Day 44 – Acts 11-12

King Herod was persecuting some in the church and had Peter thrown into prison.  “Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.” (Acts 12:5)  During the night Peter was led out of the prison by an angel of the Lord.  He went to a house where some of those were praying for him.  “And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. Recognizing Peter’s…

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2019 Day 43 – Acts 9-10

2019 Day 43 – Acts 9-10

During his preaching to Cornelius, Peter explained that God treats all men equally.  “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” (Acts 10:34)  Paul also referred to that fact in his second letter to the Corinthians when talking about who Christ was sacrificed for.  “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” (2 Corinthians…

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2019 Day 42 – Acts 7-8

2019 Day 42 – Acts 7-8

As Christians were being persecuted by Saul and others, they made good use of the opportunities given them.  “Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.” (Acts 8:4)  There is similar opportunity for us in what we know as the Great Commission.  “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the…

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2019 Day 41 – Acts 5-6

2019 Day 41 – Acts 5-6

Suffering is not something that most people enjoy, but the Apostles had occasion to feel this way when they were beaten for teaching about Jesus.  “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.” (Acts 5:41)  Peter says not only should we be prepared to suffer, we should also be prepared to explain why we are happy to do so.  “For the eyes of the Lord are over the…

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