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5.16.16 – Acts 11:23-24

We often gain hope by witnessing something to or around us. With all that is taking place in our country it’s hard to imagine returning to the Godly principals that founded this great nation. Things just don’t seem to make sense any more. Yet, hope remains.
Antioch was the third largest city in Rome with about 1/2 million people. It was regarded a highly immoral place. Upon the disciples entering the city and delivering the message of Jesus a great number of people began to believe and the church grew in a place where you would least expect it to. This wasn’t a crusade or an all out Jesus assault. It was a group of men just sharing with people the love of Jesus that had been shared with them.
Hope was present.
I scratch my head every time I see a believer point the finger of damnation. I was on the receiving end of that many times and all it did was drive me further away from wanting to know more about Jesus. If we are to save our world me must love it first. We must exemplify the hope that is Jesus. Ephesians 4:15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Can people see the grace of God in you? Or do they hear a lecture on why they need Him along with the legalism that goes with such? Hope has been and always will be a by product of love. Acts 11:23-24 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

5.12.16 – Isaiah 41:10

I’ve you’ve ever had the privilege of riding on the back of an ATV the ride can be one of thrill but also uncertainty. When you’re cruising along on smooth ground with the wind in your face, life doesn’t get much better. However rough terrain moves your thoughts to a plea to slow down or even stopping.
That’s a little how we react to our lives. We just love it when we’re cruising along but then life gets bumpy and we want to slow down or even stop. For the most part we’re not going to be able to avoid the bumpy roads that lie ahead. So how do we best deal with them?
Another choice we have on the back of that ATV is to trust the driver and just hold on tighter. God asks us to consider the very same thing in him. If today you find that you’re navigating a bumpy road, first trust God with where he’s taking you, then embrace the moment and his grace by holding tighter to Him.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

5.7.16 – Acts 10:19-20

Terms and Conditions are a part of most agreements and contracts. They are an integral part of legally binding documents. In a way we apply our own terms and conditions to the way we live, we will do this, we’ll never do that and so on.
In the case of Peter, who was already a dedicated follower, God chose to use Cornelius, a Roman soldier to alter their “agreement”. He predestined their meeting in two separate visions. Each man of his own accord, deciding whether or not to be obedient to God’s calling. In Peter’s case he was asked to do things that he thought were against Jewish tradition, still he followed. He had to walk for two straight days to meet Cornelius, still he followed. He had no idea what would come from this, still he followed.
When we allow God to direct our path his plans may not coincide with our predetermined terms and conditions. Quite often our mindset is closed to new or radically different options. We’re comfortable remaining comfortable. Are you following God according to your terms and conditions without seeking his will for your life? Are you open to a bigger plan? Have you asked God what that might be? If you’re constantly feeling that something may be missing from your life. Ask God what that is and be prepared to follow his terms and conditions.
Acts 10:19-20 – And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are looking for you. Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them.”

5.2.16 – Acts 9:17

Acts 9 marks the beginning of Saul’s conversion to Paul. In the midst of his conversion God calls on a man named Ananias to assist him. They were both spoken to by God, something that doesn’t happen every day. By association, both men would have been considered religious. However, we gain insight into their personal relationship with God in how they respond to his call. Saul completely blind sided (pun intended) answers, “Who are you, Lord? Ananias, equally un-expecting his encounter answers, “Here I am, Lord.”
Relationships matter. We all know how difficult it is to communicate when you don’t have a good relationship. It’s no different with Jesus. There are many, like Saul, who know of their religion. The prayers, the rituals, how and when to do this or that, all of which have very little to do with a real relationship with Jesus. There’s nothing quite like going directly to the source and Jesus invites us all into that one-on-one encounter. Just as we are.
Acts 9:17 – So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”