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.
Friends, God is always with us! Always!
I believe that God wants us to learn, to explore new ideas, and use our minds. But what are we to do when the things we learn challenge our deeply held beliefs?
If there is one thing that we all understand about patience, it is this: we all want patience – and we all want it right now! It just doesn’t come that way.
We as Christians live our faith in the world. Do we leave it at the church door on Sundays? How are we perceived in our daily lives in our communities? Does our faith show in all we do?
Ever feel like there are too many voices shouting too many different things, too much commotion to discern the truth? Too many half-truths. Too much mis-information. Too many accusations. Too many false-claims. Too many lies. Too much exaggerated reporting. Too many voiced opinions. Too much shouting, and not nearly enough listening. Too much noise.
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.
As Christ followers, what are our shrines? Our idols? Of course we all have them, these physical “things” we covet, purchase, drive,wear, etc. Do they keep us from living fully what we say we believe?
When we as believers are filled with the Holy Spirit and we actively share our love and faith with others who are different than us, then God’s amazing grace and the growth of the church will have no limits. This limitless reach can be visualized by the endless horizon of the ocean.
God does not favor individuals because of their station in life, their nationality or their material possessions. He does, however, respect their character and judge their work.