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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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    February 14 – Acts 17

    LOOK:  Paul, Silas and Timothy preach the Gospel in Thessalonica and are harassed, eventually having to leave the area.  In Berea, they are received well and many come to faith in Christ.  However, those pesky trouble makers from Thessalonica come there and cause trouble for the there too.  Eventually, they send Paul away for his safety but Silas and Timothy stay to encourage the believers.  Paul ends up in Athens where he has the most masterful speech in front of an interested crowd of idol worshippers.

    LISTEN:  We continue to see the spreading of the Gospel.  Even though the apostles are facing persecution, they remain obedient and faithful and every time they have to separate for their safety, God uses this to multiply their efforts.  Just think…if Paul didn’t have to flee for his life, we would never have his masterful speech in Athens.

    LEARN:  Listening to Paul in Athens approach the Gospel to a people who do not believe in God gives us a great example of how to preach the Gospel to unbelievers.  Paul was tactful, gracious and respectful.  Let’s consider how we can preach the Gospel with gentleness and respect.

     
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    February 13 – Acts 16

    LOOK:  Paul and Silas are on their missionary journey and they recruit a young Timothy.  The Bible makes it clear that Paul and his entourage are led by God on this journey.  They go to Macedonia as directed in a vision and meet Lydia who receives the Lord and hosts the group.  Next they meet a demon possessed woman who made a living by fortunetelling.  They cast out her demon and restore the woman.  The people who make money off this woman throw a fit and have Paul and Silas arrested and beaten.  God miraculously gets Paul and Silas free from prison and even the jailer gets saved and his whole family. 

    LISTEN:  When reading this passage, I am impressed with how God guides and directs His servants.  The important issue for God’s servants is obedience. 

    LEARN:  Are you listening to the direction of God for your life?  Be careful not to live the self-absorbed life common today.  Walk closely with God and let Him lead.

     
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