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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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    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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    January 26 – Acts 4

    LOOK:  The story of Peter and John continues.  They are brought before the leaders and questioned about how they healed the lame man.  They were told they had to stop speaking about Jesus.  Peter and John were bold and stated clearly that they will continue to preach about Jesus.  After leaving the trial, Peter and John go to a home to pray.  Instead of asking God to protect them, they asked God to give them the words to preach about Jesus boldly.  The passage ends with a testimony about the believers living in harmony with each other and the self-sacrificing nature of their relationship.

    LISTEN:  We continue to be challenged by the brave actions of Peter and John.  These two leaders are prime examples of taking up your cross and following Jesus.

    LEARN:  We can ask ourselves this question, “Am I willing to sacrifice everything for Jesus?”  Are you willing to stand up for the cause of Christ even when it’s hard…even when it isn’t convenient?

     
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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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