Archive for July, 2014

Monday of 5th Sunday after Trinity – Acts 18:1-11

ShareActs 18:1-11 I can’t believe it!  Another amazing success story for the apostle Paul!  How did he get so lucky as to be able to swoop into a city, convert a lot of people in spite of persecution, and then leave to the next city to do it all over again? That’s the way it […]

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Saturday of 4th Sunday after Trinity – Acts 17:16-34

ShareActs 17:16-34 TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. That was where Paul chose to begin his discourse with the Athenians.  TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Now why in the world did Paul begin here?  It raises two important issues for the day.  First, we are to be in the world but not of it.  Second, when bringing Christ […]

July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 4th Sunday after Trinity – Acts 17:1-15

ShareActs 17:1-15 “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). We had our fair share of arguments in the Erlandson household growing up.  I remember there were a lot in particular […]

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Thursday of 4th Sunday after Trinity – Acts 16:25-40

ShareActs 16:25-40 I want to know something.  I have one question I’d like to ask St. Paul today. I demand an answer. “How were you able to be singing hymns to God at midnight, having been falsely accused, thrown into a Roman jail, and having your feet fastened in the stocks? I want to know […]

July 14, 2014 | 2 Comments More

Wednesday of 4th Sunday after Trinity – Acts 16:16-24

ShareActs 16:16-24 Never forget that you are in a spiritual battle and that a formidable array of evil allies is camped around you, standing at attention for the moment of battle when they will pounce on you as their prey. There I was, come into the important city of Philippi, come to bring the good […]

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Tuesday of 4th Sunday after Trinity – Acts 16:6-15

ShareActs 16:6-15 Have you ever had the feeling of déjà vu?  That feeling that you’ve experienced something before? Here, again, in the book of Acts, I’m struck by the fact that I want to treat every word and phrase of God’s Word as the food of God.  I want to take it, chew it, savor […]

July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 4th Sunday after Trinity – Acts 15:36-16:5

ShareActs 15:36-16:5 Quick – what’s the #1 task of the Church? Many Christians and many churches would say, without missing a beat, “Evangelism” or “winning souls.” Who can argue with that? I remember my oldest brother having a conversation with a young man about evangelism.  This young man argued that evangelism was the most important […]

July 13, 2014 | 4 Comments More

Saturday of 3rd Sunday after Trinity – Acts 15:22-35

ShareActs 15:22-35 How do you behave when problems occur, especially with difficult people?  Though the Acts of the Apostles wasn’t written to be a textbook on sociology or a self-help book on how to win friends and influence people, we can learn a lot by observing how the early church behaved.  I, for one, am […]

July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 3rd Sunday after Trinity – Acts 15:13-21

ShareActs 15:13-21 When the time came for a decision to be made about what to do with Gentile Christians, to whom did the early church turn?  Not to Peter, and not to Paul.  Perhaps surprisingly, to James. Who is this James, and why was he worthy of such respect?  Interestingly enough, he started out as […]

July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of 3rd Sunday after Trinity – Acts 15:1-12

ShareActs 15:1-12 “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they” (Acts 15:11). As Christians, this eternal truth is well known, as is its importance to everyone.  And yet these wonderful words have particular meaning today, as we recognize that they are […]

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