Most of us learn best when something is simply presented as 1,2,3 or A,B,C. We like things simple don’t we? I want to look at “Intimacy with God” from that perspective this morning. Finding satisfaction, sustenance, and security in our relationship with God is a process.
Too many of us have become discouraged in our pursuit of God by expecting that it will come quickly and that the experience will be in line with our expectations. But what can we “realistically” expect in our pursuit of intimacy with God?
Mel Johnson brings a message of encouragement in these challenging days.
No matter the task God lays before you, it takes courage to forge ahead into what you know is going to be difficult.
But no matter what you might face in life, knowing that God is not just is on your side, but He goes before you, is all you need to have the courage for any task.
Acts 29 is all about the continuation of the Book of Acts—the acts of the Holy Spirit in God’s people and in the life of His Church.
The irony here is that we are living out the final chapter of this book. We are living in the 29th chapter Acts, right now! What I mean by that is, we are living in a time when the Holy Spirit is still active in the world.
Paul and his shipmates had become marooned on the island of Malta. Paul faced a real trial when bitten by the poisonous snake, but God in his mercy spared his life.
There are several lessons for us within this text. I want to point out the different snakes Paul had to shake off on the island of Malta.
You’ve heard it said, “Tough times do not last, but tough people do.” I’m not so sure about the last part of that, but I’m certain about the first. Storms do pass!
You remember that last week, we looked at always setting your anchor in Christ, and certainly when you face the storms of life.
Today, I’d want to look again at chapter 27 to see how we can “outlast” the storm.
I’ve often heard that “God never promised us a rose garden”, referring to difficult times in a Christian’s life. I believe our text today in Acts 27 illustrates that well. What I’d like to focus on this morning is the anchors that kept Paul steady during the storm and how that can help us as we face storms in our lives.
In the text in Acts 26:24-30 we'll look at the attitude of a man’s response to the Gospel and the idea of ‘almost’ being saved, where King Agrippa says to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” I want to look at the attitude of Agrippa and see thatAlmostisnot saved at all.
Did you know that words possess great power? Wars have been waged and peace has been brokered, all through the power of words. Hopes have been bolstered and dreams have been shattered by the power of a few words. Families have begun and ended all because of the power of a few words. Words inspired the collapse of the Communist system in the former Soviet Union.
Whether we see it or not, words hold a tremendous power over our daily lives. The Bible is full of statements regarding words and their power.
Paul seized every opportunity to testify that God has sent His Son, Jesus, for the salvation of all people. He didn’t need a pulpit, or platform, or a special occasion to let others know about the saving grace God provided through Jesus Christ. Even as he is arrested, he took advantage of the situation to tell others what God has done for all of us.
We should never make excuses for not telling others what Jesus has done for us personally.
As we read through the book of Acts, it is everywhere apparent that courage is always important in the Christian life, but never more than when your loyalty to the faith will lead to hardship in your life.
Acts 21:1-14 gives us insight as to how we should respond to doing God’s will even when we know trouble lies ahead because of it.