Reading: Acts 15
If you’ve been in American church for very long, you’ve likely had to endure a church split. It’s an ugly reality in our American context. Conflict was handled radically different in the early church. Acts 15 provides us a terrific example to follow on how to handle disputes within the church as it relates to matters of church polity and doctrine. We would do well to pay attention to the principles outlined here. If we did, we might see more gospel advancement and less church splintering in our world today. To access today’s reading, please click here. To download a transcript of today’s podcast, please click here.
July 13, 2022
Reading: Acts 14
One of the most disconcerting trends over the past few years has been to witness the rise and fall of so many celebrity pastors. These men are put on pedestals and elevated high above the common man and when their humanity inevitably bleeds through the well polished veneer of their public persona, their kingdoms fall like a house of cards and the masses who hang on their every word are crushed by their sin. Many of those same people are the very ones who cast the stones of accusation and judgment on their once idyllic prophet. In Acts 14, the same people who lauded Paul and Barnabas as gods at the beginning of the chapter, by the end are the same ones calling to stone these men. We could learn a lot from this story about the trust people place in our leaders and the humility with which these leaders should channel that devotion to the God who is worthy of all of our praise. To access today’s reading, please click here. To download a transcript of today’s podcast, please click here.
July 12, 2022
Reading: Acts 13
A cursory reading of the book of Acts leaves no doubt that one of the unquestionable themes of the book is how the gospel goes. It never stays put. The entire book is a chronicle of the spread of the gospel witness. For the last two years we’ve been inundated with information about the spread of a flu-like pathogen that kept the world in its grips for months. The spread of the virus, regardless of how you feel about it, had global implications and will be remembered for it’s scope and spread. In many ways, almost like a pandemic, the book of Acts depicts the spread of the gospel to the known world, and it’s advancement is something of which we should pay attention. To access today’s reading, please click here. To download a transcript of today’s podcast, please click here.
July 08, 2022
Reading: Acts 12
There are several identifiable marks of maturity in the life of a disciple. One of the most important of these marks of maturity is a vibrant prayer life. The book of James tells us that the prayer of a righteous man availeth much. A disciple who is learning the character of Jesus will be like Jesus in that He understands the value of a desperate dependence upon God’s Spirit in his life. Sadly for most of us, our prayer life is rather tepid and unfruitful rather than vivacious and productive. In Acts 12, we see just how incredibly powerful audacious prayer can be and the peace and deliverance that it affords to those who desperately seek the Lord’s rescue and provision through the miracle of prayer. To access today’s reading, please click here. To download the transcript of today’s podcast, please click here.
July 05, 2022
Reading: Acts 11
Biologically, human life is dependent upon massive cell replication. Without it, our bodies would quickly die. It’s an ongoing process that never stops so long as we continue to live. Little wonder then that God likens the church to the body of Christ. As Christians, we should learn a thing or two about biology and we would understand how critical it is for us to replicate our DNA into the life of another believer so that they can do the same. It’s a truth demonstrated for us here in Acts chapter 11. To access today’s reading, please click here. To download the transcript of today’s podcast, please click here.
July 01, 2022
Reading: Acts 10
Acts 10 clearly records for us what I call a divine encounter. A divine encounter is a moment of spiritual transformation whereby someone comes to faith in Jesus. But behind that encounter is a beautiful story of God’s preparation and the main characters obedience. We see God quite intentionally working in the hard of His apostle Peter while at the same time moving the heart of a Roman soldier named Cornelius. This event is an important scene set in the midst of the Acts narrative because it clearly opens the door of faith to Gentiles. God is quite literally directing the scenes of this divine drama and we would do well to consider the implications of this scene in our own story. There is much to learn so let’s dive in together. To access today’s reading, please click here. To download the transcript of today’s podcast, please click here.
June 29, 2022
Reading: Acts 9
Faith always incites peculiar obedience. Just consider some of the radical examples of faith and outright bizarre obedience in light of that faith. Abraham and Sarah having a child, Noah building a boat, Moses commanding the sea to part, Joshua commanding the priest to walk into the Jordan or sound the trumpets expecting walls to fall. Consider Gideon’s conquest with three hundred men, a shepherd boy’s boldness against Goliath. Time and again, God asks us to obey in a peculiar way as a means of growing our faith. Acts 9 is no different. God asks a man named Ananias to go “join himself” to Saul, the official who had just arrived with authorization to persecute Christians, and yet God was telling Ananias to go speak with him. But where would we be in our storyline if Ananias had refused. Obedience is always risky, but also, always worth it. To access today’s reading, please click here. To download the transcript of today’s podcast, please click here.
June 28, 2022
Reading: Acts 8
You can learn a lot about the heart of a Jesus follower by watching their treatment of outsiders. One of the most interesting things about Jesus is that people who looked nothing like Jesus actually enjoyed being with Him the most. Jesus liked those who looked nothing like Him. He was called a “friend” of sinners. Jesus wore what was meant as a pejorative term as a badge of honor. For this was why He came, to reach those who were farthest from Him. He would say that those who think themselves to be well have no need of a physician. Jesus had come to those who were deeply in need of Him. Even if they were radically different from Him. I once heard Louie Giglio say, “Of course Jesus ate with sinners, who else would He eat with.” The truth is Jesus came to us when we could not have been more different from He was and if we are to follow Him, we will do the same with those who around us. To access today’s reading, please click here. To download the transcript of today’s podcast, please click here.
June 24, 2022