Every Day in the Holy Spirit

September 30, 2013Weekly Devotional

When it comes to writing about the Holy Spirit, I sympathize with Job when he said, ‘surely I have spoken of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.’ But we can take comfort in the fact that we live on the resurrection side of the cross and that we have been promised by Jesus that the person of the Holy Spirit will be known personally by those who have been born again. In my experience the problem is not whether or not there is a … Read More

Acts 3:1-10

September 30, 2013Daily Reading

Peter Heals a Lame Beggar 3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 Then … Read More

Acts 3:1-10 Encouragement

September 30, 2013Pastor's Blog

Are You Gazing? As we continue to read through the book of Acts, you will see an “overflow” of the Holy Spirit filling God’s people in Acts 2. This story of the lame beggar being healed is just that. One particular phrase that stood out to me was in Acts 3:4 “Peter directed his gaze at the lame man”. Peter blocked out everything around him and focused on this man. This story takes place at the busiest time of the day, with hundreds of people crowded around Peter, rushing into … Read More

Acts 2:42-47 Encouragement

September 28, 2013Pastor's Blog

When your church grows you grow!  God designed your life to grow as you join together with other believers to love Him and share Him.  Verse 46-47 says that as people made church part of their everyday relationship with God two things happened.  1) the church grew daily,  2) people’s needs for purpose, provision and favor in relationships were all met.  We tend to think of church as something we “make time” for after we take care of all our practical and social needs.  The Book of Acts shows the … Read More

Acts 2:42-47

September 28, 2013Daily Reading

The Fellowship of the Believers 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke breadin their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to … Read More

Acts 2:14-41

September 27, 2013Daily Reading

Peter Addresses the Crowd 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your … Read More

Acts 2:14-41 Encouragement

September 27, 2013Pastor's Blog

Peter is giving us instructions on how to teach and how to learn. The first example Peter gives us is to stand up and raise his voice. He did this to get everyone’s attention and then he focused on the Word; while making sure to eliminate distractions. Next, he focused on understanding and application of the Word of God.  Don’t read it like a novel.  When you read the Bible verses, pray and ask how you might apply them in your life today. Thirdly, the Bible is the Word of … Read More

Acts 2:1-13

September 26, 2013Daily Reading

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost 2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, … Read More

Acts 2:1-13 Encouragement

September 26, 2013Pastor's Blog

Scripture captures the moment when God enables believers to be filled with the everyday promise of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Read Acts 1:4-5. Jesus told the believers in Jerusalem to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit. After days of praying together in unison, the Holy Spirit came down and enabled the believers to speak in other tongues (2:4). The Galilean believers spoke in languages found all over the world, and onlookers were astonished by the mighty demonstration of God’s divine power. We see the Holy Spirit … Read More

Acts 1:12-26

September 25, 2013Daily Reading

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas 12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group … Read More