Notes on three texts in Acts

Doing some preparation for another evangelistic study tonight. Pray for the young man Wash. Here are some notes I jotted down for my own use.

• The passage about the widows in Acts 6 starts and ends the same way: “the number of the disciples was multiplying” (v. 1); “the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly” (v. 7). Maybe Luke has a hint for us: Those churches that grow take care of their own. Continue reading “Notes on three texts in Acts”

Where is life?

Christ lifeI want to live. I want to live to the max. I want to be aware of life and breathe deeply with the movement that life gives my being. I want to get the most out of life.

The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son.
John 5.26 NLT Continue reading “Where is life?”

Church work

Note: “Church work” is my translation of the Portuguese phrase, trabalhos da igreja, literally, “works of the church.” The devotional addresses a potential problem in what Brazilians see as church work.

“Church work” sounds like a good phrase, but too many people use it — men, almost always — for what happens on the podium or at the front of the assembled saints on Sundays.

Men (and, I suppose, women, now that progressive doctrine has invaded many congregations) complain that they aren’t being included in the works of the church. Continue reading “Church work”