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”

1 Thessalonians 4: 1 – 12 Living to please God

1 Thessalonians 4: 1 – 12 Living to please God As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know whatContinue reading “1 Thessalonians 4: 1 – 12 Living to please God”

1 Thessalonians 3: 6 – 13 Timothy’s encouraging report

1 Thessalonians 3: 6 – 13 Timothy’s encouraging report But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to seeContinue reading “1 Thessalonians 3: 6 – 13 Timothy’s encouraging report”

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 27: 27 – 44 The shipwreck

Acts 27: 27 – 44 The shipwreck On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. They took soundings and found that the water was forty metres deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was thirtyContinue reading “Acts 27: 27 – 44 The shipwreck”

Acts 21: 39 – 40 and Acts 22: 11 – 21 Paul speaks to the crowd – part 2

Acts 21: 39 – 40 and Acts 22: 11 – 21 Paul speaks to the crowd – part 2 Paul answered, ‘I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no ordinary city. Please let me speak to the people.’ After receiving the commander’s permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned toContinue reading “Acts 21: 39 – 40 and Acts 22: 11 – 21 Paul speaks to the crowd – part 2”

Acts 21: 27 – 39 Paul arrested & Paul speaks to the crowd

Acts 21: 27 – 39 Paul arrested & Paul speaks to the crowd When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, shouting, ‘Fellow Israelites, help us! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere againstContinue reading “Acts 21: 27 – 39 Paul arrested & Paul speaks to the crowd”

Acts 18: Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos

Acts 18: Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken. They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul leftContinue reading “Acts 18: Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos”

Acts 18: 1 – 17 In Corinth

Acts 18: 1 – 17 In Corinth After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he wasContinue reading “Acts 18: 1 – 17 In Corinth”

Acts 17: 16 – 34 In Athens

Acts 17: 16 – 34 In Athens While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the market place day by day with those who happened toContinue reading “Acts 17: 16 – 34 In Athens”