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Acts 9-10

Written by Nina Schmidgall | May 21, 2010 | Acts 9 - 10

What a curveball God tossed with Saul’s conversion!  I am really struck by the way revelation to Saul came from the Lord alone, not through any of Christ’s disciples or followers. 

Paul even references it later, in Galatians 1:11-12 “I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up.  I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught …

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Acts 5 & 6: Obedience? At what cost?

Written by Jenilee LeFors | May 19, 2010 | Acts 5 - 6

Obedience.
Adventure.
Risk.

Each of these words have the potential to result in great things and they also have the potential to result in something not good.  You can obey or not obey; you can have an adventure that is good or an adventure that is bad; and you can risk it all and see your efforts fail or result in something awesome.

The disciples were …

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Acts 3-4 Glory to God

Written by Andy Pisciotti | May 18, 2010 | Acts 3 - 4

In Acts chapters 3 and 4 we get to witness a couple of really cool moments in the ministry of Peter and John. First Peter heals a man who was lame from birth. He has the faith to take this man by the hand and lift him up. He had never walked before. That had to be an incredible moment. I love the description of him entering the temple walking, …

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Alive

Written by Maegan Stout | May 17, 2010 | Acts 1 - 2

He presented himself alive to them. Acts 1:3

It astounds me that God, the God of the universe, the one who is in the Heavens and does what He pleases (Psalm 115:3), chooses to send us His spirit. This is what Pentecost is all about. The Alive God is with us and in us, working through us, bringing Himself glory… and there we find our place. This is what …

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Book Background: Acts

Written by Andy Pisciotti | May 17, 2010 |

The Book of Acts details the birth of the Church and its early years from Jesus’s ascension to Pentecost and from Jerusalem to the ends of the Earth. Acts is an incredibly captivating read. It tells the story of the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles, massive amounts of conversions, Saul of Tarsus meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus, sorcerers, eunuchs, and shipwrecked islands. Acts tells stories of friendships, …

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Ekklesia

Written by Heather Zempel | May 17, 2010 | Acts 1 - 2

Today, we dive into a new series of readings. Starting in Acts, we begin the adventure of the Ekklesia—the church, the body of Christ—as it explodes onto the scene of the human story. In this series, we will read the book of Acts alongside several of the New Testament letters inserted into the narrative at the appropriate places. We hope you will be able to connect the dots of the …

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Your Unspiritual Thought of the Day

Written by Jeremy Sexton | May 16, 2010 | 2 Kings 24 - 25

There was one thing that came to my mind while I was reading this passage… “This book really wasn’t written for us.”

Now, let me explain. YES, I believe the Bible is the word of God. YES, I believe that it is inspired. YES, I believe that all Scripture is useful for teaching and training (2 Tim 3:16). But that does not mean that every story in the Bible …

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The Bible Is Weird

Written by Ross Middleton | May 14, 2010 | 2 Kings 18 - 20

Well this is probably one of the most bizarre passages in scripture. Quick recap and lesson at the end. All this takes place when the kingdom is split in two and Hezekiah is the King of Judah.

Assyria has seized Judah and things are not gravy, Hezekiah, a godly man, asks God for help and God sends an angel into a camp and kills 185,000 men. Second, God tells …

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“I Can Fit God Over Here…”

Written by Andy Pisciotti | May 13, 2010 | 2 Kings 16 - 17

It’s tempting to distance ourselves from the kings depicted in 1 and 2 Kings.  These guys are in annals of history (as each ending of their story tells us).  But, really, should we?

So, Ahaz is a good representative. He’s got a serious problem.  King Rezin and King Remaliah are at his throat, and he needs to be rescued.  Next step: ask the Assyrian King for help.  Now, I checked …

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Asessment is Key- 2 Kings 11-13

Written by Andy Pisciotti | May 11, 2010 |

There seems to be a lot going on in these three chapters. The snap shots of each King are a bit sporadic and then we read about Elisha’s death at the end of Chapter 13. However, I think there are a few key points that we can extract and measure our lives with. First, I was pretty astounded when I read about Joash in Chapter 12. It reads that he …

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