Do I thank God only for what he has done for me? Do I see nothing but corruption and depravity in all the rest of the world? Many Christians do.
It’s easy to grumble at God for all that’s wrong in this world …Read More
There is something intrinsic in little kids that is attracted to fairness and equity. You cut three pieces of cake for three children, and they will have an eye on the line to make sure you made them all the same size. “That’s not fair!” is a cry that naturally rises up out of the human heart.Read More bias, fairness, habit, pleasure
As Paul journeys to Jerusalem there seems to be a discrepancy about the leading of the Holy Spirit. Paul declares that he is being led by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem. But the believers along the way strongly warn Paul by the Holy Spirit that he will face many dangers. They try to dissuade him from going.Read More conflicting advice, fear, feelings, God’s will, Holy Spirit
Paul did everything humanly possible to maintain unity between Christians of Jewish origin and those who were of pagan (Gentile) origin. He respected each group and laboured unceasingly for toleration between both groups. In practical terms, that meant not asking Jews to live as Gentiles or Gentiles to live like Jews.Read More compromises, concession, doctrine, law, Unity
Two days ago we read about Agabus, the prophet who made it known to Paul that he would be delivered over to the Gentiles once he was in Jerusalem. It all happened exactly as Agabus had said.
Some Jews who had come from Asia and were hostile toward Paul recognized him in the temple.Read More control, failure, Holy Spirit, plan, prophecy, trial, victories
The crowd is seething with anger and wants Paul dead! . . . . but there he is, safe and sound, thanks to the rescue of the Roman occupying forces. Can you imagine the hostility of the crowd when Paul asks his arresting officer for permission to speak to these people with closed ears?Read More gospel, strategy, testimony, transformed life