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Acts 12 Is Powerful… But Funny!

One of the most powerful phrases in the New Testament is found in Acts chapter 12... "but prayer was made." James was martyred, killed with the sword, and Peter was thrown in prison, "but prayer was made without ceasing by the church of God for him." The result? Freedom for Peter. Imagine how some of the church's powerlessness might be remedied if we followed every difficulty with "but prayer was made." …

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The Pastoral Calling and Role

I love being a Pastor. I'm passionate about preaching. I am humbled that God has called me to shepherd a flock of His choosing. And I especially love the fuel that fires me up - the Word of God and what it has to say about whom I am. One of my favorite passages on the subject is Paul's gut-wrenching goodbye to the Epehsian elders who met him at the island port city of Miletus. It's recorded in Acts 20:17-38. I've been reading it afresh today and have discovered a pattern …

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9 Signs of Life In the Church That Keeps Going

I shared this message in revival last night and wanted to pass it along here... Acts chapter 2 is a controversial chapter. Christians like to go there to argue about when the Holy Spirit arrived, whether we can duplicate the miracle of speaking in tongues, and whether this was the "baptism" Jesus talked about. But I think God's focus is on the end of the chapter, in verses 41 and 47, where thousands of souls were being saved and lives changed. In verse 41, the Day of …

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Recovering Missional Christianity

These are the thoughts I'll be sharing at tonight's BMAA Missions Symposium at Fellowship Church in Forney. My message will be based on the story of Philip's encounter with the spiritually lost Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-35. ONE GREAT TRUTH: We live in a lost culture to which we are called on a search and rescue mission that begins when we approach people within our culture with the life-changing gospel in a language they can understand. …

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Pentecost Plus Persecution Equals Church the Way It Ought to Be

I know this is a strange assertion, but I've been studying the book of Acts all morning and the thought hit me that Pentecost plus persecution produced the mightiest change agent in all of history - the local church empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are never commanded to purposely try to duplicate either, but we certainly ought to live in the warmth and glow of that early New Testament flame. …

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“Why Believe In a God” Ad Campaign on D. C. Buses

My friend David sent me a link to a Fox News article about an ad campaign launching on Washington D.C. buses that asks "Why Believe in a God? Just Be Good for Goodness' Sake." The ads have certainly sparked controversy, but I'm not as bothered as you might think. For me, it would be tragic if someone saw the ads and decided that rationalism excluded the possibility of God, but I actually think the opposite may be true, and it causes me to wonder if the humanist group that …

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Do You Believe God?

"Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me." -Acts 27:25 Do you believe God? Notice carefully the wording. I didn't ask, "Do you believe in God?" but "Do you believe God?" It's one thing to believe He exists, even this is true of the demonic world. In fact most people believe in God for very few people are true atheists. But do you believe God? When He makes a promise, do you take Him at His word? There will be one sure test of …

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The Atmosphere and Attitude of a Growing Church

Have you ever read Acts 15? Many people find themselves skipping the chapter, or at best, lazily dozing their way through it to get to the excitement of chapter 16 where Paul received his great "Macedonian Call." But I believe that there are thousands of churches in America that need to hear and heed the message of Acts 15.Every church is a family and every family has a certain personality. You know families that are quiet and peaceful and others who are reactive and loud. …

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The Impact of Saul of Tarsus

"Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied." -Acts 9:31 Most Christians are aware that Saul of Tarsus was the persecutor of the church who was converted to Christ and became one of the first and primary missionaries to the Gentile world. But I think we sometimes underestimate the impact Saul actually had. According to Acts 9:31, when …

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The Actions of Paul in Acts

Most men love "action" movies. I remember my Dad sitting in the recliner watching old Westerns (i.e. - primitive action movies) and counting the bullets coming out of the guns. He shouted with glee when he caught seven bullets coming out of the six-shooter. There's something about action that thrills us. …

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