WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH,

WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH,                             Joshua 4:21-23 As a former history teacher, I was surprised to discover that the Old Testament has no word for history. The penny dropped when I learned that Judaism didn’t focus on ‘history’ so much as ‘memory’. That is helpful. As the former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has pointed out, […]

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED                                Acts 14:21–28 They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch (v21) When Paul returned to places he had been before, there were no regrets. The end of Acts 14 chronicles the return trip Paul and Barnabas made back to home base, Antioch. En […]

THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY

THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY                    Acts 16:1–10; 17:1–11 The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. (v2) A man from Macedonia had said, “Come over and help us.” God had in mind a seller of purple, an exploited slave girl, and a rugged, brutal Roman jailer. When you travel as God would have you travel, like Paul, you’re […]

BRINGING IT HOME

BRINGING IT HOME                       Acts 17: 1–9; 1 Thessalonians 2:1–6 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. (1 Thessalonians 2:3) What is it going to take to convince us that the last will be first and the first will be last? For some it will […]

POWERFUL PREACHING

POWERFUL PREACHING                                             Acts 17:10–34 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (11) If you are responsible for communicating biblical truth, consider yourself a preacher (at least for the […]