Galatians 4: 8 – 20 Paul’s concern for the Galatians

Galatians 4: 8 – 20 Paul’s concern for the Galatians Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God – or rather are known by God – how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserableContinue reading “Galatians 4: 8 – 20 Paul’s concern for the Galatians”

Galatians 2: 11 – 21 Paul opposes Cephas

Galatians 2: 11 – 21 Paul opposes Cephas When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he wasContinue reading “Galatians 2: 11 – 21 Paul opposes Cephas”

Galatians 2: 1 – 10 Paul accepted by the apostles

Galatians 2: 1 – 10 Paul accepted by the apostles Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among theContinue reading “Galatians 2: 1 – 10 Paul accepted by the apostles”

Reflection on the conversion of Cornelius

Acts 10 tells a story that is very significant to any non-Jewish Christian. It describes how God made it crystal clear that we Gentiles are forgiven our sins through belief in Jesus. Today’s post reflects on that story. Acts 10: 1 – 8 Let’s start by looking at Cornelius. He was not a Jew byContinue reading “Reflection on the conversion of Cornelius”

Acts 28: 17 – 31 Paul preaches at Rome under guard

Acts 28: 17 – 31 Paul preaches at Rome under guard Three days later he called together the local Jewish leaders. When they had assembled, Paul said to them: ‘My brothers, although I have done nothing against our people or against the customs of our ancestors, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over toContinue reading “Acts 28: 17 – 31 Paul preaches at Rome under guard”

Acts 16: 1 – 5 Timothy joins Paul and Silas

Acts 16: 1 – 5 Timothy joins Paul and Silas Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. Paul wanted to take him along on theContinue reading “Acts 16: 1 – 5 Timothy joins Paul and Silas”

Acts 10: 9 – 23 Peter’s vision

Acts 10: 9 – 23 Peter’s vision About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened andContinue reading “Acts 10: 9 – 23 Peter’s vision”

Luke 9: 18 – 20 Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah

Luke 9: 18 – 20 Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of longContinue reading “Luke 9: 18 – 20 Peter declares that Jesus is the Messiah”

Luke 5: 33 – 39 Jesus questioned about fasting

Luke 5: 33 – 39 Jesus questioned about fasting They said to him, ‘John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.’ Jesus answered, ‘Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will comeContinue reading “Luke 5: 33 – 39 Jesus questioned about fasting”