Archive for June, 2016

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 […]

June 19, 2016 | 0 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 […]

June 17, 2016 | 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 […]

June 16, 2016 | 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 […]

June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of 3rd Sunday after Trinity – Acts 14:19-28

ShareActs 14:19-28 “They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.  However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city” (Acts 14:19). Luke doesn’t make it clear that this is a miracle by which Paul was resuscitated.  But the passage is suspiciously flavored […]

June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of 3rd Sunday after Trinity – Acts 14:8-18

ShareActs 14:8-18 “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.  Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.  Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the […]

June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of 3rd Sunday after Trinity – Acts 13:44-14:7

ShareActs 13:44-14:7 The mission work of Paul and Barnabas sounds a lot like a roller coaster to me.  Sometimes, many people responded with faith, and there was much rejoicing.  Other times, many people resisted and drove the apostles out of the city. Maybe a better metaphor would be to say that the mission work of […]

June 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of 2nd Sunday after Trinity – Acts 13:26-43

ShareActs 13:26-43 How patient are you?  How long do you think it’s reasonable to wait for something to happen that’s supposed to happen? In our contemporary world, we’re used to having things happen immediately, or certainly the same day.  Many people are angry if you don’t answer their text within a few minutes.  It kinda […]

June 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of 2nd Sunday after Trinity – Acts 13:13-25

ShareActs 13:13-25 Tucked inconspicuously in today’s lesson, off in the very edges of the picture, we see an incident in the life of a young man.  The lesson has 2 main foci, both of which are rather large objects.  The first is the continuing missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas, as they make their way […]

June 9, 2016 | 2 Comments More

Thursday of 2nd Sunday after Trinity – Acts 12:25-13:12

ShareActs 12:25-13:12 The proconsul Sergius Paulus believed.  He believed because he had seen what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.  What he saw was a sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, or Elymas, blinded by Paul when he said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of […]

June 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More