Acts

Acts

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Acts 21:23-25

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice * November 01, 2019 – Friday  Acts 21:23-25  NIV 23 –[S]o do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow.  24 Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to…
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Acts 16:4-5

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice * October 31, 2019 – Thursday  Acts 16:4-5  NIV 4 As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey.    5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers. Comments This occurred during Paul’s second missionary journey when he was traveling with Silas. The beginning of this chapter shows he…
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Acts 7:39-40

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice * October 30, 2019 – Wednesday  Acts 7:39-40  NIV 39 “But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt.  40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’ Comments Yesterday we ended up in this chapter where Stephen was…
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Acts 6:7

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice * October 29, 2019 – Tuesday Acts 6:7  NIV 7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. Comments At the start of this chapter we discover while the number of disciples was increasing there was a group of Hellenistic Jews (Jews who had adopted the Greek language and culture) who complained…
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Act 5:29-32

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice * October 28, 2019 – Monday Acts 5:29-32  NIV 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…
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Acts 28:25b-28

25b Paul had made this final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your ancestors when he said through Isaiah the prophet: 26 “‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” 27 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their…
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Acts 21:12-14

12 When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.” Acts 21:12-14 Reading the above, Paul shows no great bravado, but…
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Acts 16:13-15

13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her…
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Acts 15:8-9

8 God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us. 9 He did not discriminate between us and them, for He purified their hearts by faith. Acts 15:8-9 So where did I pluck these two verses from and who are the ‘us’ and the ‘them’ therein? Easier answer first, the ‘them’ would be Gentile believers. The us would be Jewish believers made up of two groups,…
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Acts 13:14-18

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: 15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. 16 In the past, He let all nations go their own way.…
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Acts 13:20-22

20b “After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. 21 Then the people asked for a king, and He gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. 00 After removing Saul, He made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after My own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:20-22 This is Paul speaking…
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Acts 11:22-24

22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. Acts 11:22-24 Reading the above verses, my first question was “What…
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