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Month: May 2019

Now you know that the Lord’s enemies do not end up winners, even if it seems that way to you sometimes.

Now you know that the Lord’s enemies do not end up winners, even if it seems that way to you sometimes.

BibleGateway: Acts 12:12-25 ESV Text: Acts 12:12-25 Acts 12:12–25 (Listen) 12 When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. 13 And when he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she did not open the gate but ran in and reported that Peter was standing at the gate….

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Seeing how popular the execution of James had made him, Herod tried for Peter too, but God had more for Peter to do and Herod could not stop it.

Seeing how popular the execution of James had made him, Herod tried for Peter too, but God had more for Peter to do and Herod could not stop it.

BibleGateway: Acts 12:1-11 ESV Text: Acts 12:1-11 Acts 12:1–11 (Listen) James Killed and Peter Imprisoned 12:1 About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. 2 He killed James the brother of John with the sword, 3 and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. 4 And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four…

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Peter explained his vision and his actions to the brethren, and they were glad (as we too are glad) that the Gentiles also had been redeemed.

Peter explained his vision and his actions to the brethren, and they were glad (as we too are glad) that the Gentiles also had been redeemed.

BibleGateway: Acts 11:4-18 ESV Text: Acts 11:4-18 Acts 11:4–18 (Listen) 4 But Peter began and explained it to them in order: 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. 6 Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. 7 And I heard a voice…

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We are not to become proud of our kindness toward others, but our kindness is an expression of our love for God.

We are not to become proud of our kindness toward others, but our kindness is an expression of our love for God.

BibleGateway: Proverbs 11:16-31 ESV Text: Proverbs 11:16-31 Proverbs 11:16–31 (Listen) 16   A gracious woman gets honor,    and violent men get riches.17   A man who is kind benefits himself,    but a cruel man hurts himself.18   The wicked earns deceptive wages,    but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.19   Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,    but he who pursues evil will die.20   Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the LORD,    but those of blameless ways are his delight.21   Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,    but the offspring…

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Peter’s vision encouraged him to preach the Gospel to every creature.

Peter’s vision encouraged him to preach the Gospel to every creature.

BibleGateway: Acts 10:9-23, 34-35 ESV Text: Acts 10:9-23, 34-35 Acts 10:9–23 (Listen) Peter’s Vision 9 The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour1 to pray. 10 And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance 11 and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the…

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Death brings sadness, but Jesus gives us life and joy.

Death brings sadness, but Jesus gives us life and joy.

BibleGateway: Acts 9:32-43 ESV Text: Acts 9:32-43 Acts 9:32–43 (Listen) The Healing of Aeneas 32 Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they…

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If the Holy Spirit can convert a man like Saul to the Christian faith, He can convert anyone!

If the Holy Spirit can convert a man like Saul to the Christian faith, He can convert anyone!

BibleGateway: Acts 9:1-19 ESV Text: Acts 9:1-19 Acts 9:1–19 (Listen) The Conversion of Saul 9:1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around…

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The blood of this covenant (v. 8) reminds us also of the greater covenant which was sealed by the blood of Christ (cf. Mk 14:24).

The blood of this covenant (v. 8) reminds us also of the greater covenant which was sealed by the blood of Christ (cf. Mk 14:24).

BibleGateway: Exodus 24:1-8 ESV Text: Exodus 24:1-8 Exodus 24:1–8 (Listen) The Covenant Confirmed 24:1 Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. 2 Moses alone shall come near to the LORD, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.” 3 Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the rules.1…

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With joy we bring the best of what we have to the Lord, who gave His best to us.

With joy we bring the best of what we have to the Lord, who gave His best to us.

BibleGateway: Exodus 23:14-19a ESV Text: Exodus 23:14-19a Exodus 23:14–19 (Listen) 14 “Three times in the year you shall keep a feast to me. 15 You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As I commanded you, you shall eat unleavened bread for seven days at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. None shall appear before me empty-handed. 16 You shall keep the Feast of Harvest, of the firstfruits of your labor, of what…

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Sadly, the Jews accepted Moses as God’s prophet, but rejected His greater Prophet, Jesus.

Sadly, the Jews accepted Moses as God’s prophet, but rejected His greater Prophet, Jesus.

BibleGateway: Acts 7:39-8:3 ESV Text: Acts 7:39-8:3 Acts 7:39–8:3 (Listen) 39 Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing…

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