“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding. “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen […]
Acts 15:36-41 Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit all our friends in each of the towns where we preached the Word of God. Let’s see how they’re doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John along, the John nicknamed Mark. But Paul wouldn’t have him; he wasn’t about […]
“Do you think you can explain the mystery of God? Do you think you can diagram God Almighty? From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance. We cannot oppose the truth, but must always stand for the truth. So come on, let’s leave the […]
Acts 15:12-21 There was dead silence. No one said a word. With the room quiet, Barnabas and Paul reported matter-of-factly on the miracles and wonders God had done among the other nations through their ministry. The silence deepened; you could hear a pin drop. James broke the silence. […]
Lamentations 3:40–41 Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under God. Let’s lift our hearts and hands at one and the same time, praying to God in heaven. STEP FOUR: In order to help me change, I will investigate and record […]
Proverbs 13:20 Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.
Your job is to teach them the rules and instructions, to show them how to live, what to do. Keep the rules and keep your life; careless living kills. If you won’t play by these rules, God can’t use you. Sorry. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not […]
Isaiah 33:2 God, treat us kindly. You’re our only hope. First thing in the morning, be there for us! When things go bad, help us out!
Titus 3:3-6 It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved […]
While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers that unless they adhered to the ancient Jewish custom of circumcision, they could not be saved. Paul and Barnabas argued and discussed this with them at length, and finally the […]