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4.14.16 – Acts 4:19

There isn’t a day that goes by that you can’t find news about Christianity being under fire. In the Mideast we hear about Christians being killed. Here at home it’s generally a story about social issues or religious liberties.
In the case of the early church after healing a lame man Peter and John were almost immediately taken into custody by the Sanhedrin, the very same people who crucified Jesus. They weren’t facing just persecution, they faced prosecution, yet they never wavered in their faith nor their calling to share the message of Jesus. In our opposition with the world we are intimidated by mere scrutiny. Peter and John faced almost certain death and their words became bolder. During this time the church became stronger and grew from 3000 to 5000. However, it is told that one person who witnessed these events made a bigger impact than the sum. A young Saul of Tarsus was believed to be a part of this Sanhedrin Unit. This very well could have been the beginning to Saul’s journey to become Paul, author of most of the New Testament. In our interactions we never know who might be watching and how it will effect those around us. How you share your life as a Christian will make a difference, one way or the other. Acts 4:19 – But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,

4.12.16 – Acts 3:6

They say, “it is better to give, than receive.” We live in a world where thankfully countless people do give. Because of this generosity physical needs are met for those who need such help.
As Peter and John we’re going to the temple to pray one day they encountered a lame man who was know to occupy this spot by the entrance to the temple. For years he had asked for and received monetary & material assistance from those coming and going to the temple. On this day that would change. Peter performing his first healing in the name of Jesus took the man by his hand and commanded him to rise. What Peter offered was far more than temporary assistance, he brought forth hope.
As you contemplate how you might offer assistance to those in need, carefully consider the gift of yourself. Our monetary and material contributions are needed but it’s YOU who can make the larger impact. Time spent offering encouragement or just casual conversation can do more good than you’ll ever know. As Peter & John followed the example Jesus set, let us do likewise. Acts 3:6 – But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”

4.8.16 – Acts 2:14

If today you doubt that you or something about you can’t change, consider Peter. He was at one of the low points of his life, still shamed by his denial of Christ. He was now frightened and lost, not knowing what would come next after Jesus’ Ascension. Then as Jesus promised the Holy Spirit came upon Peter and he became the disciple that preached the first sermon on Christianity. It was not by his own strength that this change occurred it was by the power of the Holy Spirit. That same power exists today for anyone who calls on the name of Jesus as their savior. Have you attempted change on your own so many times that it’s no longer worth the effort? Good! You’re right where you need to be to enact a strength that goes beyond human reason. When we are weak, He is strong! Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.

4.5.16 – Acts 1:1

Some of man’s greatest achievements have come from collaborative work. From music to scientific break throughs it has been proven time and again that the efforts of a team yield better results.
It’s more than noteworthy that in the first verse of Acts, after Jesus’ Ascension, Luke uses the word “began” while describing what had taken place regarding Jesus’ ministry. Right away we know that the disciples have acknowledged that there is indeed more to be done. Had they not done so, it truly would have been “finished”.
If you’ve ever had the honor of working with someone in your field that you admire, you understand the impact of collaboration and how it works to advance the cause. Christianity depends on this process and based on my limited knowledge I have come to believe that the word Christianity should be classified as a verb. We have the opportunity, no the obligation, to collaborate with Jesus and all those who have come before us, that claim the honor of believing in and following Him, continuing this wonderful ministry.
Acts 1:1 – In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach,