But Be Transformed

Romans 12:1 ESV “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” What are the mercies of God? God the Father sent his Son (God the Son) to the earth to be born to a … Continue reading But Be Transformed

Deliver Me!

Video Talk Psalms 43:1-5 ESV “Vindicate me, O God, and defend my causeagainst an ungodly people,from the deceitful and unjust mandeliver me!For you are the God in whom I take refuge;why have you rejected me?Why do I go about mourningbecause of the oppression of the enemy? “Send out your light and your truth;let them lead … Continue reading Deliver Me!

Encouragement for the Faithful

Philemon 1:4-7 ESV “I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every … Continue reading Encouragement for the Faithful

His Benefits Have Conditions

Psalms 103:1-5 ESV “Bless the Lord, O my soul,and all that is within me,bless his holy name!Bless the Lord, O my soul,and forget not all his benefits,who forgives all your iniquity,who heals all your diseases,who redeems your life from the pit,who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,who satisfies you with goodso that your youth … Continue reading His Benefits Have Conditions

Just Keep Praying

Acts 28:25-28 ESV And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet: “‘Go to this people, and say,“You will indeed hear but never understand,and you will indeed see but never perceive.”For this people's heart has grown dull,and with … Continue reading Just Keep Praying

Shake Off the Creature

Acts 28:1-6 ESV “After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on … Continue reading Shake Off the Creature

The Church Under Fire Book

I have been reading in the book of Acts for a little while now, and I have been reading about the persecutions of Paul, and the Lord has been reminding me of some of the difficult experiences I have had in my life, in the way of persecutions, and of how many of those parallel … Continue reading The Church Under Fire Book

Majority Versus Minority

I am still reading in the book of Acts. And Paul had just finished giving his defense to King Agrippa. Then the king rose, and the governor and Bernice and those who were sitting with them. And when they had withdrawn, they said to one another, “This man is doing nothing to deserve death or … Continue reading Majority Versus Minority

Crazy for Jesus

Video Talk Acts 26:24-29 ESV And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking … Continue reading Crazy for Jesus

Now Faithful to the Calling

I am still reading in the book of Acts. Recap: Paul was on the road to Damascus to persecute and perhaps to put to death even more Christians (followers of Jesus Christ) when Jesus met him in a vision while he was on his way. Jesus spoke to him audibly, though not visibly, and there … Continue reading Now Faithful to the Calling