Persecution is taking place in and around Jerusalem with the aim of taking out the church and shutting down the name of Jesus. One of the leaders of the movement against the church is on his way to arrest believers 135 miles from home when all of a sudden his story is interrupted by the grace of Jesus.
In Acts 8, two kingdoms collide as one kingdom’s representative (Philip) interacts with the other kingdom’s representative (Simon). In the verses that ensue, and Simon apparently switches teams, the question soon becomes, “Where does his allegiance really lie?” Does he actually want Jesus, or does he just want the power to do some cool things?
Using a very specific situation of co-signing a loan, the father in Proverbs teaches his son to be careful with how he stewards finances.
Esther chapter 4 describes Esther and Mordecai’s reaction to Haman’s legislation. Esther now must decide: Am I Esther or Hadassah?
The God of heaven and earth not only invites us to pray, he almost begs us to. Why would he do that if our prayers didn’t matter?
Like a Cubs fan living in St Louis, those who follow a suffering Savior should not be surprised when they suffer.
Peter writes that we are to arm ourselves with the same attitude of Christ when it comes to suffering – that we would rather suffer than sin.
Kids playing often tell a friend, “you’re not the boss of me!” when a friend wants them to do something they don’t want to do. This message addresses that attitude when it comes to civil authority. Do we, armed with our identity in Christ, get a pass when it comes to obeying authorities here on earth?
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“You do you.” You have probably heard someone say that, or have said it yourself. Or maybe you’ve heard the more modern and motivational version of that: “You Need To Live Your Truth.” We examine in this message how that is a subtle but deadly shift in how we approach who we really are.