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    January 31 – Acts 7

    LOOK:  Stephen is brought before the Sanhedrin where he gives a history of faith and a bold accusation against them.  The religious lost are so furious at Stephen that they kill him right on that spot.  Stephen sees a glimpse of Jesus before he dies and prays that the Lord will receive his spirit and he prays that God would not hold it against his murderers.  There is a brief mention of a young man named Saul (soon to become Paul) who was holding the coats for the murderers.

    LISTEN:  Stephen made a clear, concise speech that was pointed and piercing.  It cost him his life, but he was faithful to the message and powerful in the delivery.

    LEARN:  I was just thinking about delivering the history of the Bible in a concise speech.  Could you tell someone the story from Genesis to Jesus?  Something to think about today.

     
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    January 30 – Acts 6

    LOOK:  Seven men were chosen to help with the daily assignments necessary to live in community.  Notice the qualities these men possessed.  They were Godly men chosen to assist the apostles.  Stephen was one of these men and described as full of God’s grace and power.  He was falsely accused in an attempt to have him killed.

    LISTEN:  Serving is important.  The church is a community that also needs Godly men in leadership to make sure that the community is served and cared for.  Being a Godly man was no promise of an easy life.  Even when you live a life above reproach, you can still be persecuted.

    LEARN:  Are you serving in your church community?  Are you living a Godly life even when it is difficult and you face attacks?

     
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    January 29 – Acts 5

    LOOK: “Civil Disobedience” There was much fear when people heard what happened to Ananias and Sapphira when they lied to God. The Apostles were gaining a following.  People were bringing in the sick just hoping that the shadow of Peter would pass over them.  The religious lost were furious at the apostles and their teachings.  The apostles were jailed but miraculously set free and immediately went to preach and teach again. 

    A leader of the Pharisees named Gamaliel said it well when he declared, “…if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

    LISTEN:  I admire the resolve and attitude of the apostles.  They preached boldly even in the face of persecution.  The people could not deny the power and authority of their message because of the lives they were living in front of them.

    LEARN:  We should be convinced of Gamaliel’s statement, “if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”  Do we believe this is true?  If so, we should live lives that clearly represent Jesus and preach the Gospel without fear!

     
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    Gripped By God’s Holiness (1-28-2018)

    Published on January 28, 2018 by in Podcast
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    Lead Pastor Don Jackson continues the God the Revealer series teaching about the holiness of God from Isaiah 6:1-8 and challenging us that when we see the real God, the real me should be changed.

     
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    January 27 – Proverbs 4

    LOOK:  Here is my favorite verse from this section, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

    LISTEN:  Your heart is important to God.  There are several verses that mention the importance of having a new spiritual heart to replace your fleshly heart of stone.

    LEARN:  I encourage you to do what David did in Psalm 139 and say these words to God, “Search me, LORD, and know my heart.”

     
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