1 Thessalonians 5: 1 – 11 The day of the Lord

1 Thessalonians 5: 1 – 11 The day of the Lord Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety’, destruction willContinue reading “1 Thessalonians 5: 1 – 11 The day of the Lord”

Reflections on Acts – Part 3

Reflections on Acts – part 3 The passages covered in these reflections describe the way in which the Holy Spirit worked within the early church. They suggest how the church today could be renewed by God. Note, though – and it’s important – St Luke, when he wrote the words in the Acts of theContinue reading “Reflections on Acts – Part 3”

Reflections on Acts – chapters 8 & 9

Reflections on Acts – chapters 8 & 9 Acts 8: 1 – 8 The first thing I personally have to come to terms with is that God allowed Stephen to be brutally murdered. That’s not to say God was responsible, because he wasn’t; the responsibility lies firmly with those who killed Stephen. But God, knowingContinue reading “Reflections on Acts – chapters 8 & 9”

Acts of the Apostles chapters 6 & 7

Over the last few months I have been studying the Acts of the Apostles. I thought it might be helpful if I were to pick out the most important things I learned from each day’s study. To make it less daunting, I’m going to do this over the course of the next week. Acts 6:Continue reading “Acts of the Apostles chapters 6 & 7”

Acts 26: 12 – 18 Paul before Agrippa – Part 2

Acts 26: 12 – 18 Paul before Agrippa – Part 2 ‘On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. About noon, King grippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and myContinue reading “Acts 26: 12 – 18 Paul before Agrippa – Part 2”

Acts 15: 36 – 41 Disagreement between Paul and Barnabas

Acts 15: 36 – 41 Disagreement between Paul and Barnabas Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, ‘Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.’ Barnabas wanted to take John, also known as Mark, with them, butContinue reading “Acts 15: 36 – 41 Disagreement between Paul and Barnabas”

Acts 14: 1 – 7 In Iconium

Acts 14: 1 – 7 In Iconium At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So Paul andContinue reading “Acts 14: 1 – 7 In Iconium”

Acts 13: 13 – 43 In Pisidian Antioch – Part 1

Acts 13: 13 – 43 In Pisidian Antioch – Part 1 From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem. From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. After the reading from the law andContinue reading “Acts 13: 13 – 43 In Pisidian Antioch – Part 1”

Acts 10: 23 – 48 Peter at Cornelius’ house

Acts 10: 23 – 48 Peter at Cornelius’ house The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him andContinue reading “Acts 10: 23 – 48 Peter at Cornelius’ house”

Acts 8: 9 – 25 Simon the sorcerer

Acts 8: 9 – 25 Simon the sorcerer Now for some time a man named Simon had practised sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, ‘The man is rightly calledContinue reading “Acts 8: 9 – 25 Simon the sorcerer”