Acts 19:1-20

October 31, 2013Daily Reading

Paul in Ephesus 19 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name … Read More

Acts 19:1-20 Encouragement

October 31, 2013Pastor's Blog

Here, we read why the Holy Spirit baptism is not just important for some believers, but for all believers. 1. Paul sees that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for every generation (vs 6). Twelve disciples in Ephesus are filled with the Holy Spirit for the first time, several years after Pentecost. These disciples had only heard of John’s baptism. 2. Paul correctly discerns the leading of the Holy Spirit (vs 8-9). When Paul sees that the Jews are resisting him in the synagogue after 3 months, he goes … Read More

Acts 18:23-28 Encouragement

October 30, 2013Pastor's Blog

You are introduced to two important disciples here: Apollos was a well-educated, eloquent teacher from the Roman empire’s greatest cultural and educational center- Alexandria. His resume was great. But what was Luke’s last comment about Apollos in v25- he didn’t know about the baptism and filling of the Holy Spirit. As great as all his cultural accolades were, he was missing a crucial element to the full Christian experience- the Holy Spirit. In contrast to this, Luke introduces us to Pricilla. She was a woman, with a Jewish background, living … Read More

Acts 18:23-28

October 30, 2013Daily Reading

23 After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. 24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him … Read More

Acts 18:1-22 Encouragement

October 29, 2013Pastor's Blog

In this reading, we find Paul devoting himself exclusively to preaching and testifying to Jews that Jesus was the Messiah and the struggles he faced preaching the Good News. Verse 6 says, “But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads!” I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”  Here we find Paul struggling with fear and doubt. Verse 9 says, “One night the Lord spoke to … Read More

Acts 18:1-22

October 29, 2013Daily Reading

In Corinth 18 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. 5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6 But when they opposed Paul and … Read More

LIVE BIG

October 28, 2013Weekly Devotional

How many times do you praise Jesus in one moment and then rebuke him in the next?   Answering this short, but hard question will require you to take an honest look at yourself.   I know it did for me when Pastor Shawn brought this question to light yesterday. For me, this question comes up when things start to go wrong in my life. Things will be going along smooth for a number of days and then, out of the blue, something goes wrong. It could be a bad … Read More

Acts 17:16-34

October 28, 2013Daily Reading

In Athens 16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to debate with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about … Read More

Acts 17:16-34 Encouragement

October 28, 2013Pastor's Blog

Does It Bother You? Paul is continuing his missionary work throughout the world. God is using Paul to plant churches in different cities. In verse 16 we get a small look into Paul’s heart and motivation. The verse says Paul “was bothered within himself as he saw that the city was full of idols”. This caused Paul to share Jesus to the people in the synagogue. When we look at the world around us filled with idols, does it bother us? Since we live in such a “fallen” society we … Read More

Acts 17:1-15 Encouragement

October 26, 2013Pastor's Blog

“Now the Bereans 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.”  Acts 17:11 “Noble character” is when you want truth more than you want to be right. Acts 17 starts with Paul preaching the Gospel to the Jews of Thessalonica. Although a strong church is born there, most of the Jews in Thessalonica are characterized as “jealous” (v5) because Paul’s preaching was taking away their power and control. … Read More