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 By Pastor Earl Herr    Opinion    June 13, 2019 

Thought for the Week

Persecution again came against Paul and his companions. It was organized and it was severe. Persecution does not prevent Paul from sharing the Gospel, it propels him. He simply moves on to the next...

 

Thought for the Week

A church is established in Philippi. It is most certainly a viable church. It has membership across the whole strata of society. Paul thinks it is time to move on. So, he does. First he returns to...

 

Thought for the Week

Paul is in Philippi. As I said two weeks ago, it was likely a fairly anti-Semitic town. So, when the masters of the formerly demon-possessed, slave girl Paul had healed came to the magistrates their...

 

Thought for the Week

Paul is in Philippi. Three people tell stories about how they came to receive Jesus Christ as Savior. We have heard just a tad about Lydia. She would have been of the upper echelon of society. No...

 

Thought for the Week

Paul and his company have had a modicum of success in spreading the Gospel. But we have just seen there are some closed doors. That can be discouraging. Likely we have all felt such a thing. Things...

 

Thought for the Week

Barnabas and Paul have now parted company. Barnabas goes to the sea and journeys to Cyprus, his home country. We hear no more of him in the Book of Acts, but that is not necessarily negative. We only...

 

Thought for the Week

We have about reached a plateau in our study of the Book of Acts. In the first half of the Book, we have seen human stars such as Peter, John, Stephen, Philip and Barnabas. From this point on, we see...

 

Thought for the Week

The Council rendered a decision. The letter summing up that decision is written. It isn't mailed or simply sent. It is hand-carried by people who were party to the Council. We have four named: Paul an...

 

Thought for the Week

We have no idea how long this Council lasted. I think we should not assume it lasted only a few minutes. Even a good Bible study can often last for a long time. This was serious business. The Council...

 

Thought for the Week

Although there was much "argument" at the beginning of the Council, by the time these four witnesses (Peter, Barnabas, Paul and James) gave their testimony, the Council was quiet. Likely each side...

 

Thought for the Week

Something even more important than wise men with broad understanding is required of a council. Certainly prayer is imperative. But there must be a focus on Jesus and the Scripture. I would call these...

 

Thought for the Week

Christians and the Church should expect trouble, opposition and even persecution from the world around them. But nobody ever hopes trouble will come from within the Church. Jesus, in His...

 

Thought for the Week

Paul has been stoned to death in Lystra. Is that the "wind-up" of the story? No. He rises from the pile of stones that killed him and goes right back into the city. Now, it is easy to wonder why he wa...

 

Thought for the Week

Paul and Barnabas did not travel far this time. The city of Lystra is less than 20 miles from Iconium. But it seems almost a whole different world. It is indeed a Roman city but more like an outpost....

 

Thought for the Week – What Was To Be Gained

Paul and Barnabas and later Paul and Silas are what we might call "Traveling Evangelists." As such their primary function was to give out the "Good News of the Gospel." Reactions to their wonderful...

 

Thought for the Week: It Happens A Lot

Persecution came against Christians and Christian teaching at Pisidian Antioch. Persecution happens a lot. I wish it only happened against Christians, but unfortunately sometimes Christians do the...

 

Thought for the Week: And Then What?

A wonderful message of forgiveness and justification had been preached. Paul and Barnabas have done well. Their message has been gladly received. Remember that it was not only Jews by birth but also...

 

Thought for the Week: Sermon on the Sabbath IV

Verse 38a – "...through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sin." Verse 39b – "and by Him all that believe are justified..." I believe all men want to be forgiven. Most certainly all...

 

Thought for the Week: Sermon on the Sabbath III

I am not satisfied with my last two “Thoughts.” It is not that I said something wrong but I feel I did not say enough. So, I want to go over the same basic passage of Scripture Acts 13. Paul and his companions have had a 100-plus-mile sea...

 

Thought for the Week: Sermon on the Sabbath II

Paul begins phase two of his sermon set in that present day. Of course these Jews are hundreds of miles removed from the scene of the first church, but they are also 20 or more years past the time. I...

 

Thought for the Week: Sermon on the Sabbath

Paul and Barnabas leave the island of Cyprus and sail northward. When they land, John Mark leaves them. Remember he was their apprentice-servant. His leaving may not seem important. Unfortunately...

 

Thought for the Week: Missionary Journeys Begin

The Christians in Antioch have consecrated Barnabas and Saul to go spread the Good News of the Gospel to the Gentile world. They leave from the port city, Selucia, of Antioch and sail westward toward...

 

Thought for the Week: Day of Atonement

Back on Nov. 29, we suspended our study of the Book of Acts. We saw the Church had consecrated Barnabas and Saul for a new work God had ordained. It was a work to reach out to Gentiles (non-Jews) and...

 

Thought for the Week: Day of Atonement

The Day of Atonement is a special holy day. During the 10 days between New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), Jews were called to remember the past year: what they had done...

 

Thought for the Week: God's Plan Is Broad

I wrote last week of God’s complex “Plan of Salvation” and His advanced revelation of it. His Plan is extremely complex. I most certainly cannot explain it. I do believe it. Two men, living in...

 

Thought for the Week: Cooperation

God's complex "Plan of Salvation" often has human cooperation. Sometimes those humans do not understand it. I expect Isaiah did not understand what it meant as he wrote, "A virgin shall conceive and b...

 

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