Wednesday 31 October, 2012

Acts 3:11-16

11 While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “People of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

A guest preacher recently shared that in the gospels the pattern of Jesus’ ministry is of Jesus touching one person, then another person, and then another. Jesus touched the lives of individuals like Zacchaeus, the haemorrhaging woman, and the centurion. In this passage we see that Jesus’ disciples continue this, touching the life of one crippled man. The impact is quite astonishing, the miracle draws a crowd of people to hear what has happened, and Peter seizes the opportunity to preach the message of Jesus.

The question I’m faced with is if I want to impact the world, who is the one person I am touching? Who is the one person I am being God’s hands and feet to? Not in the sense that I can only reach out to one person at a time, but that it is about an individual – at work, at the shops, amongst my neighbours… I want to be the vessel God uses to touch the lives of individuals, that I would discover the needs of a person, cry out on their behalf, and see God move in their world and touch their life.

God help me to overcome my fears, and stir in me your compassion and love, that I would have the boldness to touch others. I don’t want to bottle up all that you have done for me and poured into me, but Lord may it flow out of me and into others. Amen.

Written by Beth Waugh

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Tuesday 30 October, 2012

Acts 3:1-10

3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Peter & John were going about their daily lives – going to the prayer time at the temple. A lame man was going about his daily life – asking for alms (OT support for the poor).  On this day the lame man got Peter & John’s attention & they in turn got his.
The Holy Spirit is all over this encounter. The lame man is miraculously healed – physically, he walked; emotionally, he leapt/jumped showing his joy; spiritually, he was praising God.  Complete healing.
The challenge for me in this passage is Peter saying “what I do have I give you”.  What Peter had Cialis overnight delivery to give I also have to give.  The Holy Spirit is the same in me now as He was Peter then, “The name of Jesus Christ” as a believer, is the same for me as Peter.  The healing didn’t happen in the prayer meeting but out at the gate, on the street.

I’m challenged and convicted; what am I doing with my faith and the Holy Spirit within me in my daily life?

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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Monday 29 October, 2012

Acts 2:43-47

43 Everyone felt that God was near. The apostles did many wonders and miraculous signs. 44 All the believers were together. They shared everything they had. 45 They sold what they owned. They gave each other everything they needed. 46 Every day they met together in the temple courtyard. In their homes they broke bread and ate together. Their hearts were glad and honest and true. 47 They praised God. They were respected by all the people. Every day the Lord added to their group those who were being saved.

Verse 44 says: “And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.” This getting together, and sharing, was one of the hallmarks of the believers at the establishment of the New Testament church. As they met together and shared – joy and generosity flowed and in verse 47 we are told: “each day the Lord added… those who were being saved.”

Out of the overflow of God’s love and generosity to them, came an overflow of love and generosity to one another, and then this overflow helped draw those who didn’t know Jesus yet – and daily people were saved and added to their community.

Oh God please help me grasp the simplicity of this and use me an “overflow-er” of your love and generosity. As we meet together and share all we have, may the overflow of your love and generosity help people around us see You and believe, and be added to Your church.

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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Sunday 28 October, 2012

Acts 2:37-42

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

I remember my Dad once told me “People often need a crisis before the realise they need Jesus.”  The crowd that Peter was talking to in this passage had a crisis.  They had cialis cheapest crucified God’s Messiah, Jesus!  Their response was “what shall we do?”

This passage really highlights “end-game” evangelism.  “End-game” is a term used in American Football to describe the completion of the game.  This passage illustrates finishing well, helping people become Christians, true believers.

So often if someone comes to me and they are in a crisis or even newly aware of their sin and they ask me “what should I do?” I say….”um….arr….I’m not sure….”

Peter didn’t have that problem.  Inspired by the Holy Spirit he didn’t waste a second.  He said to those in crisis…

“Repent, be baptised, receive the Holy Spirit!”

Even after Peter had said this he kept pleading with them to turn to Jesus and warning them.  The result was 3000 people who were in crisis decided to follow Jesus that day.  Peter had a great “end-game”.  For the sake of those around me, so must I.

Lord, please help me to strengthen my convictions.  Please infuse my words with the Holy Spirit’s power and help me always be ready to share all of  the gospel.  For all those who are struggling with a crisis that I cross paths with – help me to turn them to You.  With You, they will receive forgiveness and salvation.

Written by Boudy van Noppen

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Saturday 27 October, 2012

Acts 2: 29-36

29 “Brothers and sisters, we all know that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand 35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ 36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

Here Peter explains to the crowd how God had been talking about Jesus for a long time.  That the plan for their salvation (and ours) was in place for ages.  That Jesus was spoken about by the prophets including David.  That it all had come true in front of these people that Peter was speaking too.  He was trying to help them see what was plain in front of their eyes – to remind them they were expecting something and here it was.

Sometimes it’s easy for us to miss what is right in front of our eyes too.  We also need other people to remind us of all the answers to prayers, the promises fulfilled.  kamagra soft tab We also need to be the person who does the reminding for others.  Have you reminded yourself and your loved ones lately about what God has done in your world?  To get through the next struggle we need to remember that God was there to help and support in the last one.  Remember – every day.

Written by Therese Manning

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Friday 26 October, 2012

Acts 2:22-28

22 “People of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him: “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, 27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’

In this Pfizer viagra the first great Spirit-filled sermon at Pentecost, Jesus is being powerfully declared to be the one we want “at our right hand” causing us to be unshakeable.

Jesus is the one who was and is able to perform great and powerful miracles. Jesus is the one who was and is under the leadership of “God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge.” Jesus is the one whom God allowed to be crucified but whom God has forever raised from the dead. Jesus is the one for whom death is an impossible limitation.

If we have our faith in Christ, we like David can be confident that Jesus is always before us. That he is at our right hand, and we will not be shaken. That our hearts can be glad and our tongues ever rejoicing. That we will die in hope, knowing for sure that we will not be abandoned to death because Jesus has risen from death. That we have made know to us the paths of life. That we have the fullness of Joy as we are in Christs glorious presence.

Restating this passage as I have, I am filled with encouragement. Jesus truly is the one I should have my eyes fixed on. Where else can I find so many cementing truths that make me truly unshakeable.

Lord, keep my thoughts, keep my hopes, keep my words, and keep my purposes deeply anchored in my Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, you are my unshakeable assurance!

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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Thursday 25 October, 2012

Acts 2:14-21

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Here we see Peter speaking to everyone living in Jerusalem. His audience would be made up from merchants, Roman soldiers and officials, their families and slaves who were stationed in the city to keep order. The Holy Spirit gives him the words to say that would reach the crowd. His sermon is logical, powerful, and he quotes from Joel 2:28-32a. The first thing Peter does is to deny that they were drunk; it was only 9 am. On this feast day, the Jews wouldn’t eat or drink until 10 am. Peter explains what has happened, that this is the beginning of the ‘last days’. He makes it clear that the Holy Spirit is for everyone, all ethnicity, genders, age, rank or station. He explains three gifts that God would use to speak directly to people, through other people; prophesy, seeing visions and having dreams. They would not be just for special peo

ple, but now everyone would start manifesting these gifts. He also speaks about signs in nature that would announce the coming of the ‘day of the Lord’.

Peter then declares ‘that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’. This verse brings hope to the hopeless, life to those dead in sin, and forgiveness to those struggling under the burden of their sins. God’s plan of salvation is inclusive, He will save a dying thief, a prostitute, a tax cheat, hardened soldiers, self-righteous religious people, people possessed by demons, wealthy people who have everything this world can offer, absolutely everyone. Thank you Lord Jesus that you drew me to a place where I called on Your name to be saved from my sin. That you paid my price, and that You died and rose again for me.

Written by Cath Croft

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Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Acts 2:5-13

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[a] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.

We see here the response of the “other tongues” from a crowd of people.

  1. They are from every nation.
  2. They are all “GOD-FEARING “Jews.
  3. They were greatly surprised hearing the disciples speak in their own language.
  4. They were full of wonder about these MEN who were Galileans.
  5. They were all surprised and doubted about the reason for this?
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IF we are never touched by Holy Spirit, we may not be able to hear God’s voice. No mater how hard we try or how God-fearing we were.  Especially when we judge things according to the flesh, we already make up our mind and won’t allow God’s voice to come to us.

Have I heard God’s voice recently?

Have I been touched by viagra prescription order Holy Spirit recently?

Do I read the Bible day by day?

Written by Allen Leu

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Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Acts 2:1-13

2 The day of Pentecost came. The believers all gathered in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound came from heaven. It was like a strong wind blowing. It filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw something that looked like tongues of fire. The flames separated and settled on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to speak in languages they had not known before. The Spirit gave them the ability to do this. 5 Godly Jews from every country in the world were staying in Jerusalem. 6 A crowd came together when they heard the sound. They were bewildered because they each heard the believers speaking in their own language. 7 The crowd was really amazed. They asked, “Aren’t all these people from Galilee? 8 Why, then, do we each hear them speaking in our own native language? 9 We are Parthians, Medes and Elamites. We live in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia. We are from Pontus, Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia. Others of us are from Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene. Still others are visitors from Rome. 11 Some of the visitors are Jews. Others have accepted the Jewish faith. Also, Cretans and Arabs are here. We hear all these people speaking about God’s wonders in our own languages!” 12 They were amazed and bewildered. They asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But some people in the crowd made fun of the believers. “They’ve had too much wine!” they said.

The day of Pentecost starts with the believers all in one place in unity.  The Holy Spirit fell on them and they were filled with the Spirit and spoke in tongues, speaking out praise to God.

The people in Jerusalem were amazed at their ability to speak viagra online in languages of the region, the result of them speaking in tongues.

How often do I take the time to declare the greatness and glory of God? That is something I should often do.

Written by Ps Richard Botta

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Monday 22 October, 2012

Acts 1:12–26

12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. 15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.” 18 (With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms: “‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’ and, “‘May another take his place of leadership.’ 21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” 23 So they proposed the names of two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.

The apostles understood that all scripture had to be fulfilled. I wonder which scriptures Jesus discussed on the road to Emmaus – but whichever ones, they saw from the scriptures that they needed to replace Judas Iscariot. We need to remember that all scripture is inspired by God and to marvel afresh that every prophecy either has been or will be fulfilled.

The believers devoted themselves to prayer before choosing an apostle. Do we make prayer our first priority when making a decision? In this case they cast lots to get an answer. It is interesting that this occurred just before Pentecost and that casting lots was never mentioned in Scripture again. I believe this is because we now have the Holy Spirit to guide us directly.

Lord, please help me to always pray FIRST and to take the time to listen to your Holy Spirit so that I make Godly decisions.

Written by Megan Cornell

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