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    365 Bible Reading

    February 19 – Acts 20

    LOOK:  There is a great story here about Paul preaching late into the night and a young man falls asleep in a window on the third story eventually falling to his death.  Paul runs down and raises the man from the dead and goes back upstairs and preaches until morning!  You think I’m long winded.  Then we have these great words from Paul, “I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”  Paul was a brave warrior of the Gospel!

    LISTEN:  Ministry can be tough.  Serving God is not for the faint at heart.  As you can see from this passage, dealing with people can be brutal. 

    LEARN:  Count the cost.  I can tell you that serving the Lord full-time in ministry is the best choice that I have ever made.  It comes with a price but it is worth it all.  Never be afraid to follow God’s call for your life.

     
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    A Scandalous Love Story – God Pursues Me!

    Published on February 18, 2018 by in Podcast
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    Lead Pastor Don Jackson begins the 7-week “God the Pursuer” series out of the Prophets, teaching about God’s scandalous love for us from the book of Hosea.

     
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    February 17 – Proverbs 7

    LOOK:  “My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”

    LISTEN:  Good advice from our Proverb today!

    LEARN:  How are you doing at following biblical wisdom?  Wisdom is not wisdom if it is not applied and acted upon.

     
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    February 16 – Acts 19

    LOOK:  Paul’s ministry journey continues.  He meets believers who have not received the Holy Spirit and he prays over them and they receive the Spirit of God.  Paul’s ministry is growing in reach and strength.  This passage says that even handkerchiefs and aprons that he touched could heal people.  Paul’s ministry in Ephesus results in a riot and barely is calmed down by the city clerk.

    LISTEN:  Many take advantage of this passage to argue for the special use of gifts like speaking in tongues, miraculous healings, blessed handkerchiefs, etc.  However, this was the beginning of the new church and God used these miracles to confirm His servants and deliver His Holy Spirit on those who believed but never received the Spirit.  Since the early church got its roots, I believe that those special gifts have ceased and are not necessary.

    LEARN:  Where do you stand on the issues presented in this passage?  Are you a “dispensationalist” like myself or do you believe these gifts are still in use today?  Whether or not we agree should not cause us division.  Biblical love demands that we respect one another.

     
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    February 15 – Acts 18

    LOOK:  Paul continues to journey for the Lord.  He stays with Aquila and Pricilla where he makes “tents” for a living.  These tents could be small portable tents used by travelers or the “tallit” = prayer shawl used by the Jews on a daily basis.

    Paul continues to be abused by the Jewish community and then takes the Gospel to the Gentiles were many believe and are saved.  Apollos is a strong teacher for the cause of Christ even though he still needs to learn more from the disciples.  He is sent to learn and grow while he is still being effective refuting the Jews and proclaiming Christ.

    LISTEN:  I’m struck with difficulty the Jewish community had with accepting Jesus as the Messiah and then I realize that many still have not come to faith in Christ. Simply put, Jesus came to the Jews first but they rejected Him.  They missed Him and continue to miss Him as Messiah today.

    LEARN:  We should be concerned for anyone who rejects Christ.  Our concern should be compassionate and not aggressive.  If you know someone who needs Jesus, pray for them today and look for ways to share the Gospel with them.

     
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