Acts 9:32-43

(Acts 9:32-43) - The miracle of miracles Luke continues to chronicle the incredible works being done through the Apostles. God wanted people to pay attention to what was happening. The purpose of these miracles was to point to the validity of the words in their message. The end of the miracles was supposed to be …

Acts 9:23-31

(Acts 9:23-31) - A friend like Barnabas You can imagine the position Paul found himself in, how badly he must've felt. You spend so much time trying to wipe a group of people out of existence, and now you ARE one of those people. How does that look to them? Will they believe what I'm …

Acts 9:10-22

(Acts 9:10-22) - obeying even when it doesn't make sense. Ananias knew Paul's history, and was reluctant to interact with him at first. But God reiterated His plan for Saul to Ananias. He gave him the context of what was happening. And even when Ananias didn't have all the pieces, he chose to trust God …

Acts 9:1-9

(Acts 9:1-9) - I saw the Light! So often I read Acts 9 like a movie where I know the plot too well. Peter Parker's transformation to Spider-Man doesn't surprise you when you watch it unfold. The same is true for Anakin Skywalker becoming Darth Vader or Harvey Dent to Two-face.  Sometimes knowing the whole …

Acts 8:14-40

(Acts 8:14-40) - Expansion of the Gospel! Luke records a great description of how the good news about Jesus moved out from Jerusalem to the rest of the world. This specific chapter provides a clear example of how the way in which worship happened was changing. The Jewish system of worship was moving out and …

Acts 8:1-13

(Acts 8:1-13) - Persecution pushes the persevering church. Chapter 6 outlines the character of some the great people serving the church. Chapter 7 outlines an example of that very service from one of those great people. The chapter ends with that great person being killed for living out his faith. Why do bad things happen …

Acts 7:44-60

(Acts 7:44-60) - Stephen the Martyr The truth hurts sometimes, and in this case those upon whom truth had fallen became quite angry. The good news of the Gospel he preached (and we preach) confronts everyone with bad news as well. The bad news is what makes the good news so good. We can't control …