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    January 25 – Acts 3

    LOOK:  Peter and John heal a lame beggar at the gate to the temple on their way to afternoon prayer.  They all enter the temple and crowds gather around when they recognize the man as the one who was lame and begged for money there everyday.  Peter and John make it clear that they did not do anything in their own power but that the man was healed in the name of Jesus.  Peter uses this opportunity to preach to the people.  He holds nothing back.  He goes right after them for killing Jesus and their need to repent and believe.

    LISTEN:  Like the previous chapter, we should be challenged to see a need…meet a need and to always be prepared to preach the Gospel whenever the opportunity presents itself.

    LEARN:  We have people with needs all around us.  Some need financial help, some need physical help and some need emotional help.  We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus and offer help and then point others to the power of Jesus to change lives.

     
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    January 24 – Acts 2

    LOOK:  The Holy Spirit came and filled the believers.  They were able to praise God and witness in many languages.  Because of the commotion, Peter was able to address the attracted crowd and he preached with power.  His message was clear and called for repentance for salvation and baptism as a sign of change and commitment.  Three thousand people were saved and added to the church that day…Here is how the Bible records the commitment of the early church, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

    LISTEN:  I love the way Peter took the opportunity to present a clear Gospel.  He quoted Scripture so he must have been prepared at all times to preach the Word.  I also love the way the early church was a true body, loving, caring and helping each other.

    LEARN:  Are you ready to share the Gospel?  Do you have a plan?  Do you have vital Scriptures memorized?  How about your church experience…Are you giving and caring?

     
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    January 23 – Acts 1

    LOOK:  Jesus speaks to His followers before ascending into heaven.  He tells them, “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Matthias is then chosen to replace Judas as one of the disciples.

    LISTEN:  After Jesus rose from the dead something amazing had to happen to the living believers.  Until that time, the Holy Spirit would only rest upon an individual and could be removed.  Now, the Holy Spirit would indwell individual believers.  For those believers alive at that time, the Holy Spirit was going to come in an incredible fashion.

    LEARN:  I am glad that God gives each believer the Holy Spirit on the day of their salvation.  The Holy Spirit is the source of power for all believers.  The H.S. enlightens Scripture, convicts of sin and gives guidance.  The Holy Spirit is also a “deposit” of sorts until Jesus comes back to claim us as His own.

     
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    January 22 – Mark 16

    LOOK:  Mary Magdalene and Salome go to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body early on the third day after His death.  When they arrive the tomb is open and empty except for the angel who tells them what has happened.  Jesus appears to several people at different times and different locations.  Finally, Jesus appears before the eleven remaining disciples and rebukes them for their lack of faith.  Jesus then commands His followers to preach the Gospel and He talks about the power and protection they will have.

    LISTEN:  Many people struggle with the strange words from Jesus at the end of this passage, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”   I don’t believe that Jesus was telling us to pick up poisonous snakes or drink deadly poison.  I think He was talking about the supernatural protection on those who witness and serve Him.

    LEARN: I had the opportunity to be in Jerusalem at the location thought to be the empty tomb of Jesus.  It was a very emotionally exciting experience.  I tell everyone, “the best thing to see in Jerusalem is the nothing inside the empty tomb” – He is not here for He has risen!! 

     
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    January 20 – Proverbs 3

    LOOK:  This passage tells us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts.  Wisdom is knowing God’s way and following it.  

    LISTEN:   I see in this passage the great wealth of having God’s wisdom and living in it.  Knowing how to live life God’s way is better than wealth, honor and long life.  Living right brings peace and contentment.

    LEARN:  In order to know God’s way, I must be in His word and with His people.  

     
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