Acts 28:11-16 (CEB)
Throughout the books of Acts, we see the early church coming together to support and care for each other. The encouragement and sustenance found in the early church is not just a relic of the past. We can encourage each other in similar ways today.
Acts 25:13-22 (CEB)
How do you solve a problem like Paul? What do you do with a person who does not fit with the status quo or follow established community norms?
Paul has been moved to Caesarea, the seat of the Roman governor where we hear a familiar theme. The controversy is an intra-Jewish one, not a Roman one. And the local authorities seem puzzled.
As God’s people, we are encouraged, knowing that he will stand beside us in times of trouble. In spite of our failures, God will be pleased when we share the gospel of Jesus in difficult circumstances.
After his conversion experience temporarily blinded him, Paul was taken by the hand and led to Damascus. Our dependence upon each other is no weakness, no indication of unimportant inferiority. Our dependencies, our limitations, our numerous needs for each other – all of it is grace. To allow ourselves to be led in the direction…
Acts 21:18-27 (CEB)
It seems like there is a misunderstanding among the Jewish followers of Jesus about what exactly Paul is saying and doing as part of his ministry. They are having what is called a “failure to communicate.”
I wonder if each of us might have our own Jerusalem – a journey we know we need to undertake, a place we know we need to go, a conversation we know we need to have, a past we need to face, a job we need to take, a mission we need to fulfill, discomfort…
Being an apostle in the early days of the Christian church was a dangerous profession. In preaching the good news about Jesus, many of the apostles were mocked, beaten, jailed, and killed.
Exhaustion, frustration, conflict, defeat, oppression, depression, hopelessness, anger, loss…all are situations that can sneak up on us, capture our attention, and leave us prone to accident, or worse. To be sure, the possibility of a miraculous resurrection can seem quite remote.
We should be more active in seeking to find God in our everyday lives, and not wait passively for Him to come to us. God’s love is there for us – we need to open our hearts to it and find the joy that awaits us as the Holy Spirit comes upon us.