Friday 16 November, 2012

Acts 8:26-40

26 An angel of the Lord spoke to Philip. “Go south to the desert road,” he said. “It’s the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So Philip started out. On his way he met an Ethiopian official. The man had an important position. He was in charge of all the wealth of Candace. She was the queen of Ethiopia. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship. 28 On his way home he was sitting in his chariot. He was reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Holy Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot. Stay near it.” 30 So Philip ran up to the chariot. He heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you’re reading?” Philip asked. 31 “How can I?” he said. “I need someone to explain it to me.” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Here is the part of Scripture the official was reading. It says, “He was led like a sheep to be killed. Just as lambs are silent while their wool is being cut off, he did not open his mouth. 33 When he was treated badly, he was refused a fair trial. Who can say anything about his children? His life was cut off from the earth.” (Isaiah 53:7,8) 34 The official said to Philip, “Tell me, please. Who is the prophet talking about? Himself, or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that same part of Scripture. He told him the good news about Jesus. 36/37 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water. The official said, “Look! Here is water! Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” 38 He gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the official went down into the water. Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away. The official did not see him again. He went on his way full of joy. 40 Philip was seen next at Azotus. From there he traveled all around. He preached the good news in all the towns. Finally he arrived in Caesarea.

In this passage we get to see the ‘behind the scenes’ of how God works. There are two men involved: Philip, a follower of Jesus who has been passionately proclaiming the good news in Samaria; and an Ethiopian man, who holds a high position in the que

en’s court. The Ethiopian man is obviously seeking after God, reading the scripture and trying to understand what it means. Philip, on the other hand, has given his life to serving God, and is sharing the good news of the gospel with those who will receive it. God sees both these men, in different locations, and brings them together for His purpose. God uses Philip to reveal Jesus to the Ethiopian man, and fulfill the desire of the man’s heart to understand. God also blesses Philip, as Philip is aware Australia that God has used flex him to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the Ethiopian man. Philip partnered with God, being obedient to God’s call even when he didn’t have the whole picture… all he had was a direction to travel on a certain road… with no idea of what was coming next!

In reading this passage I am filled with a sense of excitement and expectation, God may you use me in your master plan to reach a broken and lost world. God, please help me to hear your voice and respond with complete obedience, please help me to let go of my desire to have the whole picture. Thank you Lord that you want to partner with me. Amen.

Written by Beth Waugh

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Thursday 15 November, 2012

Acts 8:14-25

14 The apostles in Jerusalem heard that people in Samaria had accepted God’s word. So they sent Peter and John to them. 15 When they arrived there, they prayed that the believers would receive the Holy Spirit. 16 The Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them. And they received the Holy Spirit. 18 Simon watched as the apostles placed their hands on them. He saw that the Spirit was given to them. So he offered money to Peter and John. 19 He said, “Give me this power too. Then everyone I place my hands on will receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 Peter answered, “May your money be destroyed with you! Do you think you can buy God’s gift with money? 21 You have no part or share in this holy work. Your heart is not right with God. 22 Turn away from this evil sin of yours. Pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 I see that you are very bitter. You are a prisoner of sin.” 24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me. Pray that nothing you have said will happen to me.” 25 Peter and John gave witness and preached the Lord’s word. Then they returned to Jerusalem. On the way they preached the good news in many villages in Samaria.

The believers in Samaria were sent Peter and John when they heard about their salvation. Responsive action. Word groups like “as soon as” convey an urgency and responsiveness. When they arrived – the New Living Translation says “as soon as” they arri

ved – they laid hands them and prayed for them to receive cheap celebrex the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. No time to waste – the power of God needs to be released into these believers lives so they can bring a witness to the living God who has saved them.

The result is immediate – Simon “sees” evidence of the Holy Spirit in their lives and foolishly thinks it is a product that can be purchased. He is corrected.

For me I am reminded of 2 important issues. I need to carry a sense of urgency about imparting by the laying on of hands, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit into the lives of believers, both new and existing, as there will be tangible evidence of God’s power released in their lives. AND I need to guard my heart against the tendency to think that the power of God, the gifts of God, can be purchased by anything I have or I do.

Lord, I am chastened by the word to Simon – as it is only too easy to think if I serve you better, or if I do that for You – then You will, (or perhaps I think you should) give me something I want. God – keep reminding me that it is the baptism of your Holy Spirit that brings life changing power in my life and is witness to your greatness and goodness to the people around me who don’t know you, yet…

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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Wednesday 14 November, 2012

Acts 8:4-13

4 The believers who had been scattered preached the word everywhere they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria. There he preached about the Christ. 6 The crowds listened to Philip. They saw the miraculous signs he did. They all paid close attention to what he said. 7 Evil spirits screamed and came out of many people. Many who were disabled or who couldn’t walk were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city. 9 A man named Simon lived in the city. For quite a while he had practiced evil magic there. He amazed all the people of Samaria. He claimed to be someone great. 10 All of the people listened to him, from the least important of them to the most important. They exclaimed, “This man is known as the Great Power of God!” 11 He had amazed them for a long time with his magic. So they followed him. 12 But Philip preached the good news of God’s kingdom. He preached the name of Jesus Christ. So men and women believed and were baptized. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. He followed Philip everywhere. He was amazed by the great signs and miracles he saw.

This passage begins with the words “Those who were SCATTERED preached the word wherever they went.”

I truly believe God calls all His sons and daughters to be master evangelists.  Not everyone can stand and preach to the masses like Billy Graham but all of us can have the passion and conviction to share the gospel where ever God may “scatter” us.  To say to our unsaved friends and family “look what Jesus has done in my life. I want you to know Him too.”

We tend to leave the evangelism to Pastors and Minist

ers – people Australia who are flex called to minister largely to those who are already saved.  God needs his evangelists to be “scattered” – to be positioned near people that need to hear the gospel. cialis 5 mg  Where God scatters me isn't important.  What's important is what I do when I'm there.

Lord, please infuse my whole life with the power of Your Holy Spirit – so that wherever you see fit to “scatter” me I will share with those around me how great You are.

Written by Boudy Van Noppen

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Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Acts 7:54 - 8:3

54 When the Sanhedrin heard this, they became very angry. They ground their teeth at Stephen. 55 But he was full of the Holy Spirit. He looked up to heaven and saw God’s glory. He saw Jesus standing at God’s right hand. 56 “Look!” he said. “I see heaven open. The Son of Man is standing at God’s right hand.” 57 When the Sanhedrin heard this, they covered their ears. They yelled at the top of their voices. They all rushed at him. 58 They dragged him out of the city. They began to throw stones at him to kill him. The witnesses took off their coats. They placed them at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While the members of the Sanhedrin were throwing stones at Stephen, he prayed. “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,” he said. 60 Then he fell on his knees. He cried out, “Lord! Don’t hold this sin against them!” When he had said this, he died. 8 Saul was there. He had agreed that Stephen should die. On that day the church in Jerusalem began to be attacked and treated badly. All except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly Jews buried Stephen. They sobbed and sobbed over him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. He went from house to house. He dragged men and women away and put them in prison.

How brave was Stephen. He just stood there and led them through their history pointing out all the various issues they misunderstood. And he was willing to take whatever happened afterwards. Everyone who was listening was so angry and offended but Stephen was connected with God and he knew that he knew that he was in the right place and doing what God wanted. Sometimes we can be so much braver than we think we are if we are doing what we are convinced it is what God wants of us. Its like it isn’t really us anymore. It doesn’t happen so often for me but I wonder if that is because I don’t ask God often enough what it is that He wants me to do.

Even when God h

as asked us to do something that is simple and isn’t going to offend people, its still an amazing feeling when we are orlistat 60 mg really connected with God on something. For example, if He asks us to speak to someone and just connect and love them and we are obedient then often the reaction can be overwhelming.

Dear Lord Help me to connect with you better and play my part in your plan more and more each day. Remind me Lord to ask you, to be interested in what is on your heart each day that I can help with. Help me to remember Stephen’s bravery and his willingness to do what you asked regardless of the cost. 

Written by Therese Manning

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Monday 12 November, 2012

Acts 7:1-53

7 Then the high priest questioned Stephen. “Is what these people are saying true?” he asked. 2 “Brothers and fathers, listen to me!” Stephen replied. “The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham. At that time Abraham was still in Mesopotamia. He had not yet begun living in Haran. 3 ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said. ‘Go to the land I will show you.’ (Genesis 12:1) 4 “So Abraham left the land of Babylonia. He settled in Haran. After his father died, God sent Abraham to this land where you are now living. 5 God didn’t give him any property here. He didn’t give him even a foot of land. But God made a promise to him and to all his family after him. He said they would possess the land. The promise was made even though at that time Abraham had no child. 6 “Here is what God said to him. ‘Your family after you will be strangers in a country that is not their own. They will be slaves and will be treated badly for 400 years. 7 But I will punish the nation that makes them slaves,’ God said. ‘After that, they will leave that country and worship me here.’ (Genesis 15:13,14) 8 “Then God made a covenant with Abraham. God told him that circumcision would show who the members of the covenant were. Abraham became Isaac’s father. He circumcised Isaac eight days after he was born. Later, Isaac became Jacob’s father. Jacob had 12 sons. They became the founders of the 12 tribes of Israel. 9 “Jacob’s sons were jealous of their brother Joseph. So they sold him as a slave. He was taken to Egypt. But God was with him. 10 He saved Joseph from all his troubles. God made Joseph wise. He helped him to become the friend of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made Joseph ruler over Egypt and his whole palace. 11 “There was not enough food for all Egypt and Canaan. This brought great suffering. Jacob and his sons couldn’t find food. 12 But Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt. So he sent his sons on their first visit. 13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was. Pharaoh learned about Joseph’s family. 14 “After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family. The total number of people was 75. 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt. There he and his family died. 16 Some of their bodies were brought back to Shechem. They were placed in a tomb Abraham had bought. He had purchased it from Hamor’s sons at Shechem for a certain amount of money. 17 “In Egypt the number of our people grew and grew. It was nearly time for God to make his promise to Abraham come true. 18 Another king became ruler of Egypt. He knew nothing about Joseph. 19 He was very evil and dishonest with our people. He beat them down. He forced them to throw out their newborn babies to die. 20 “At that time Moses was born. He was not an ordinary child. For three months he was taken care of by his family. 21 Then he was placed outside. But Pharaoh’s daughter took him home. She brought him up as her own son. 22 Moses was taught all the knowledge of the people of Egypt. He became a powerful speaker and a man of action. 23 “When Moses was 40 years old, he decided to visit the people of Israel. They were his own people. 24 He saw one of them being treated badly by a man of Egypt. So he went to help him. He got even by killing the man. 25 Moses thought his own people would realize that God was using him to save them. But they didn’t. 26 “The next day Moses saw two men of Israel fighting. He tried to make peace between them. ‘Men, you are both of Israel,’ he said. ‘Why do you want to hurt each other?’ 27 “But the man who was treating the other one badly pushed Moses to one side. He said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ (Exodus 2:14) 29 When Moses heard this, he escaped to Midian. He lived there as a stranger. He became the father of two sons there. 30 “Forty years passed. Then an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush. This happened in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When Moses saw the bush, he was amazed. He went over for a closer look. There he heard the Lord’s voice. 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers,’ the Lord said. ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ (Exodus 3:6) Moses shook with fear. He didn’t dare to look. 33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals. The place you are standing on is holy ground. 34 I have seen my people beaten down in Egypt. I have heard their groans. I have come down to set them free. Now come. I will send you back to Egypt.’ (Exodus 3:5,7,8,10) 35 “This is the same Moses the two men of Israel would not accept. They had said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ But God himself sent Moses to rule the people of Israel and set them free. He spoke to Moses through the angel who had appeared to him in the bush. 36 So Moses led them out of Egypt. He did wonders and miraculous signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and for 40 years in the desert. 37 “This is the same Moses who spoke to the people of Israel. ‘God will send you a prophet,’ he said. ‘He will be like me. He will come from your own people.’ (Deuteronomy 18:15) 38 Moses was with the Israelites in the desert. He was with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai. Moses was with our people of long ago. He received living words to pass on to us. 39 “But our people refused to obey Moses. They would not accept him. In their hearts, they wished they were back in Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us a god who will lead us. This fellow Moses led us out of Egypt. But we don’t know what has happened to him!’ (Exodus 32:1) 41 That was the time they made a statue to be their god. It looked like a calf. They brought sacrifices to it. They were glad because of what they had made with their own hands. 42 But God turned away from them. He left them to worship the sun, moon and stars. This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets. There it says, “‘People of Israel, did you bring me sacrifices and offerings for 40 years in the desert? 43 You lifted up the place where Molech was worshiped. You lifted up the star of your god Rephan. You made statues of them to worship. So I will send you away from your country.’ (Amos 5:25–27) God sent them to Babylon and even farther. 44 “Long ago our people had with them in the desert the holy tent where the tablets of the covenant were kept. Moses had made the holy tent as God had commanded him. It was made like the pattern he had seen. 45 Our people received the tent from God. They brought it with them when they took the land of Canaan. God drove out the nations that were in their way. At that time Joshua was Israel’s leader. “The tent remained in the land until David’s time. 46 David was blessed by God. So David asked if he could build a house for the God of Jacob. 47 Instead, it was Solomon who built it for him. 48 “But the Most High God does not live in houses made by human hands. As God says through the prophet, 49 “‘Heaven is my throne. The earth is under my control. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Where will my resting place be? 50 Didn’t my hand make all these things?’ (Isaiah 66:1,2) 51 “You people! You won’t obey! You are stubborn! You won’t listen! You are just like your people of long ago! You always oppose the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your people didn’t try to hurt? They even killed those who told about the coming of the Blameless One. And now you have handed him over to his enemies. You have murdered him. 53 The law you received was brought by angels. But you haven’t obeyed it.”

I am struck by verse 53 – the people of Israel received the law in no ordinary way. They received it through angels, delivered to them by Moses. And Moses, when he received the law, came down with his face glowing – he had to cover his face with a veil because his face was glowing so much.

And yet, the people of Israel still were able to soon enough find reason to resist the Holy Spirit, and end up killing the very people God kept sending to help them.

This passage really says to me

one thing…unless the Holy Spirit breaks through in my heart, I will end up no better off than the Israelites. I am responsible for one thing – to keep choosing openness to, surrender to, and being led by the Holy Spirit.

God, may I never be found by you to be stiff-necked. Instead, I choose to keep myself open to and led by your Holy Spirit. And Your Holy Spirit always has and always will lead me to Jesus Christ – the Righteous One.

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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Sunday 11 November, 2012

Acts 6:8-15

8 Stephen was full of God’s grace and power. He did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people. 9 But members of the group called the Synagogue of the Freedmen began to oppose him. Some of them were Jews from Cyrene and Alexandria. Others were Jews from Cilicia and Asia Minor. They all began to argue with Stephen. 10 But he was too wise for them. They couldn’t stand up against the Holy Spirit who spoke through him. 11 Then in secret they talked some men into lying about Stephen. They said, “We heard Stephen speak evil things against Moses. He also spoke evil things against God.” 12 So the people were stirred up. The elders and the teachers of the law were stirred up too. They arrested Stephen and brought him to the Sanhedrin. 13 They found people who were willing to tell lies. The false witnesses said, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place. He also speaks against the law. 14 We have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place. He says Jesus will change the practices that Moses handed down to us.” 15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked right at Stephen. They saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

If you believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation, what would you say?

Stephen was one of the first deacons. He was full of grace and power from God the Holy Spirit; great signs and wonders were done through him. You would think he would be the type of person everyone would want to be around. Some from the synagogue of the Libertine – (largely made of up slaves who had become free) challenged the teaching from Stephen. They sent their best debaters to disprove his teaching.
Stephen knew the Word, and being filled by the Holy Spirit, was able to defend the Gospel against those who challenged it. Once the investigators from the synagogues had no arguments against the words of Stephen, they chose a different tact.  They instigated men, stirred up the people, and set up false witnesses against Stephen. They brought Stephen before the council and accused him of three things:
1. Blasphemy against Moses (the law) and speaking against the holy places (the temple)

2. Criticizing God and how He called us to live

3. They also said “this Jesus of Nazareth” will destroy the temple and change the Law of Moses.

How do cialis in the united kingdom we respond when we meet someone who objects to our faith –what would we do if they rejected what we said?

We could be the best debater in the world, but unless God intercedes and a persons heart is open to believe, he will not believe. We may be rejected or persecuted – it is not our words that change a person, it is the power of the Holy Spirit. When Stephen faced the false witnesses with the truth of the Gospel, his face shone in a way that made him look more heavenly than human.

Let people see Christ’s light in us as we speak truth.

Written by Catherine Croft

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Saturday 10 November, 2012

Acts 6:1-7

6 In those days the number of believers was growing. The Jews who followed Greek practices complained against the Jews who followed only Jewish practices. They said that the widows of men who followed Greek practices were not being taken care of. They weren’t getting their fair share of food each day. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the believers together. They said, “It wouldn’t be right for us to give up teaching God’s word in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers, choose seven of your men. They must be known as men who are wise and full of the Holy Spirit. We will turn this important work over to them. 4 Then we can give our attention to prayer and to teaching the word.” 5 This plan pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen. He was full of faith and of the Holy Spirit. Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon and Parmenas were chosen too. The group also chose Nicolas from Antioch. He had accepted the Jewish faith. 6 The group brought them to the apostles. Then the apostles prayed and placed their hands on them. 7 So God’s word spread. The number of believers in Jerusalem grew quickly. Also, a large number of priests began to obey Jesus’ teachings.

When the number of believers was increasing, the problems/complaints were increasing as well. On one side, we can say it’s quite normal, but from the “spirit side”, it could be an attack from the enemy who trying to pull people away from God.

The problem arose of widows (from Greek Jewish background) being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

This may not be a big issue in a church compared with adultery, lying and making false accusations, but it will affect the church from growing if it is not handled with care from in the beginning.

Proverbs says: Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

Thank God, the Apostles knew their priority was the ministry of the word of God, and so made a wise decision by choosing seven men from the believers who are known to be wise and full of the Holy Spirit.

The challenge to me is do I always put the priority of God’s word above everything else?

Written by Allen Leu

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Friday 9 November, 2012

Acts 5:27-42

27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.” 29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” 40 His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42 Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.

The Apostles (maybe all of them) are before the High Priest for teaching about Jesus in the temple. The Jewish leaders seem to think the only way to stop them is to kill them – as they did with Jesus.

Verse 39 gives us the only wisdom to come fr

om these leaders … If this is God, you won’t be able to stop it .. my paraphrase.

I’m a believer today because this wisdom from Gamaliel is true! This verse is such an encouragement and God inspired. Teaching and proclaiming Jesus has never been silenced regardless of the horrendous methods used over the centuries. We may get battered – physically and emotionally along the way – but I am forever grateful that these men did not keep silent, they obeyed God.

Father I pray that I too will also not keep silent but have the same courage by the Holy Spirit, to proclaim Jesus regardless.

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The Apostles (maybe all of them) are before the High Priest for teaching about Jesus in the temple. The Jewish leaders seem to think the only way to stop them is to kill them – as they did with Jesus.
Verse 39 gives us the only wisdom to come from these leaders … If this is God, you won’t be able to stop it .. my paraphrase.
I’m a believer today because this wisdom from Gamaliel is true! This verse is such an encouragement and God inspired. Teaching and proclaiming Jesus has never been silenced regardless of the horrendous methods used over the centuries. We may get battered – physically and emotionally along the way – but I am forever grateful that these men did not keep silent, they obeyed God.
Father I pray that I too will also not keep silent but have the same courage by the Holy Spirit, to proclaim Jesus regardless.
Written by Suzie Hodgson

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Thursday 8 November, 2012

Acts 5:17-26

17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” 21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin—the full assembly of the elders of Israel—and sent to the jail for the apostles. 22 But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported, 23 “We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” 24 On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled, wondering what this might lead to. 25 Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.” 26 At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them.

Jealousy – the high priest, his officials, who were Sadducees were filled with jealousy.  What a powerful emotion.  How it determines actions.  Here were men who were leaders in the community, men of good character and standing.  Men who brought life to their community, yet when faced with the order of things being challenged they respond with jealousy.

How do I respond when things threaten me?  Am I prepared to cost of cipro accept change?  Do I respond with faith, fear, wisdom or jealousy?  Not all change is for the better, how do I discern?

One thing I must guard against is holding on to things and becoming jealous when someone better suited, more gifted… comes and shakes things up.

Father, help me not to become jealous.  Help me to see the signs of jealousy.

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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Wednesday 7 November, 2012

Acts 5:12–16

12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.

In Ephesians Paul reminds us that God is “able to cheap cialis online do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” That is what we are seeing here with the amazing signs and wonders the apostles were performing, and that is also what God can work through us. I am impressed by verses 13-14, which say that no-one else (ie. half-hearted or non-believers) dared to join the group of believers until they themselves were saved. Do we have such presence that God’s power in us is seen by those around us?

Lord, help me to truly believe that your power can work through me. Help me to pray in line with your will so that I am doing the things you want me to do.

Written by Megan Cornell

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