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Acts 15

Read Acts 15 – Disagreement does not negate the faith. 

Disagreement over circumcision breaks out between some men from Antioch and Paul and Barnabas.  The church decided to send them all to Jerusalem, so they could go before the apostles. This is important and both sides have passionate arguments for their view.  Notice that both were willing to pursue the matter to resolve. 

Together, they did come to resolve, deciding the most basic tenets for the new believers are to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. 

Beloved, be willing to work things out, take them to church leadership if you must, but work towards resolve.  There was great joy for the Gentile believers as they read this encouraging message. (15:1-31) 

Paul, Barnabas, Judas and Silas stayed on encouraging and strengthening the Antioch believers for some time.  Down the road Paul and Barnabas decided to return to the cities where they had preached to see how the believers were doing, but they came to a personal disagreement as to bringing John Mark along.  Scripture does not indicate favor for either side, but records they decided to split.  Barnabas took John Mark to Cypress, and Paul took Silas to strengthen the churches throughout Syria and Cilicia.

Beloved, this division did not lead to resolve between the men, but it did lead to God’s glory in that they reached more places than they would have together.  Is God calling you to something different?  What’s holding you back?

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Acts 14

Read Acts 14 – Victory and persecution – Oh my heart!  Why do you suppose the Gospel is so clear and precious to some, while others despise it?  And for those who despise it, it’s not a simple, “No thank you.”  They want to destroy the messengers.

Barnabas and Paul preached boldly and the Lord proved their message to be true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders, :3.  A mob incited against them and they fled to Lystra and Derbe, where they continued to preach.  While Paul was preaching he locked eyes with a crippled man, realized the man had faith, and called him to stand up!  The man did (Yay!) and the crowd went crazy – but too crazy – they began to worship Paul and Barnabas, thinking them to be the Greek gods, Zeus and Hermes (Oops!).  Paul and Barnabas tore their robes in dismay and immediately urged the crowd to stop worshipping them and worship God. 

Beloved, may this serve as a caution to you in either direction.  If you are serving the Lord and people praise you for it, be quick to turn that praise to Jesus Christ. Likewise, if you find yourself thinking more highly of your pastor, or anyone, than Jesus, examine your heart, repent and give all glory to God Almighty. 

The rollercoaster of victory and persecution continues.  Our apostles keep the faith and keep going. 

Beloved, be victory minded.  Persecution will come, deal with it, flee when it’s time to flee, and press on with and for Jesus Christ. To Him be the Glory! ❣☝🙌🙏🙌☝❣

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Acts 13

Read Acts 13 – Living for Christ is a life on the move!   And if one is to live on the move for Jesus, one best know how to connect.   Verse :2 gives us insight, saying,  “while they were worshipping the Lord and fasting…”  Worship can be done in song, in words of gratitude and adoration, in prayer… and fasting fine tunes one’s physical body to the Lord, as hunger rumbles,  dependence on Jesus satisfies. 

These church leaders had a clear and united direction from the Holy Spirit.   They laid hands and prayed for Barnabas and Paul/ Saul, and sent them on mission to Cyprus. 

In :4-13 these two men encounter a Jewish sorcerer, a false prophet named Bar- Jesus.  In dealing with him, the proconsul saw, was amazed and believed.   Beloved,  God acts in multifaceted ways.   When you face conflict, it may be about much more than the situation at hand. Stay in the game.

Paul and Barnabas continue on the move and are invited to give encouragement in the temple.  Paul gives a Jewish history overview then moves on to Jesus, and Salvation.   It’s excellent and they reached the hearts of Jews and Gentiles… although not every Jew thought the Good News was good, and some conspired against them.

Beloved, enjoy this action packed chapter.  Imagine yourself in their shoes,  Paul,  Barnabas, the listeners… I pray God’s Word goes deep in your heart. 😍❣🙏❣😍

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Acts 11

Read Acts 11 – “And since God gave these Gentiles the same gifts He gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to stand in God’s way?” 11:17.  Beloved, don’t hold back.  Jesus is for everyone.  Don’t let someone’s upbringing or way of life make you refrain from sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.  No one is outside of His reach. 

Next we see more of the good fruit Jesus is bringing from Stephen’s martyrdom, as the Gospel is spread by the scattered believers to the regions of Phoenicia, Cypress and Antioch of Syria.  Beloved, God never wastes a hurt! 

Barnabas… I would very much like to be friends with him based on what Scripture says.  He was quick to joy.  He sought out Paul (This is about a decade after Paul’s conversion), and they began teaching together back in Antioch for a full year.  He is called ‘a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith’(:24).

God’s Word mentions that the believers were first called Christians at Antioch(:26).  It was meant as a derogatory insult, but I am honored to be one, as they were. 

Beloved, do you get a sense as to how alive the church was in Antioch?  It is vibrant with faith, unity and a hunger to know Jesus more and more.  Do you get that in your church?  Why don’t you start with you and see what the Holy Spirit does with it from there? Show up eager, full of faith and joy, like Barnabas and Paul. 😃😍💘🙏💘😍😃