A Man Like Us

Peter and his story are great gifts to us as believers. It is very easy to classify this man as the Super Apostle, the leader of the Twelve, the one who reportedly stands at the gates of Heaven. He was often bold and courageous. He was on hand for the...

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Flee, Follow and Fight

“But you, Oh man of God …” Those are the words of Paul, the veteran, church-planting, Bible-teaching missionary pastor. He directed them to one of his “sons” – Timothy, a young man from Lystra. This man became one of Paul’s most fruitful teammates in the work of spreading the Gospel...

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How to Answer Our Discontent

We can be people of very short memory. We forget and ignore what the Lord has done for us. Consider the people of Israel and how quickly they lost sight of how God worked for them. For 400 years plus, the descendants of Jacob lived as strangers in a land...

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Healthy Leadership

Leaders are the ones with all the answers, the ones who have done it right without mistakes, the ones who know everything. The brilliant ones who multitask with one eye shut and a hand tied behind their back. No. Usually, it is the weakest people who refuse to quit and...

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The Power of a Pebble

Stones are lively, livelier than we think they are. We know this in one way because of the words of  Peter, an Apostle of Christ. Simon met Jesus, at the insistence of his brother Andrew. These fishermen were being introduced to the Lamb of God. He was pointed out to...

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Simon and the Touch of the Spirit

This is the oft-misunderstood story of Magic Simon. Simon was a something of a wizard, a conjurer in Samaria, as we read in Acts 8. He astonished people with his tricks and his words. He held audiences captive and became a great celebrity over his years there. He had status...

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Start with the Feet

Feet. That’s what Jesus started with when He set His Church in motion. We tend to view Acts 2 as the Bible chapter that describes the birth of the Church.  The Holy Spirit did come, then and there, as a mighty rushing wind to those gathered together in prayer, filling...

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The Wait, the Wind, the Word

The Apostles kept looking up, their eyes on the sky. They stared steadily at the spot where Jesus had escaped their view. The Savior rose through the clouds before this group and was gone. It was 40 days since Resurrection Sunday. Jesus came and went among them. He appeared and...

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Our God, How Great

Toward the end of the Old Testament, we read of Ezra, a scribe dedicated to the Word of the Lord. He’s a man among the captives in Babylon. These were people taken from the land of Israel during the empires that ruled the Middle East region in those days. The...

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Ambassadors to a World in Death

David sent several of his men on a mission of comfort. The king of Ammon died and his son was now on the throne, and the king of Israel wanted the son to know that he and his people cared. This act revealed the heart of David, a man trained...

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