The Acts of the Early Church

The Acts of the Modern Christian

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Lloyd Ogilvie, the former United States Senate Chaplain, tells a story from his college days about sailing onboard the magnificent pleasure ship, The Queen Mary. This ship had a very storied history and he imagined what it must have been like to sail on her in what must have been her prime. She was built… Read more »

Proclaim the Gospel!

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We are at the end of this record of the work of the Holy Spirit in the church and as we see, it ends the way it began with an emphasis upon proclaiming the Gospel. As you read this I urge you to consider that our communion together, the taking of the Lord’s Supper of… Read more »

The Influential Christian

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When Jesus taught that His followers were the “salt of the earth and a light unto the world”, He pointed to the fact that we are called to influence this world. Our influence does not come because we are wealthy or because we are politically connected or because we are philosophically sophisticated. No, our influence… Read more »

Sovereign Over the Storm

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The stories in Acts 27 and 28 described Paul’s journey to Rome. This has been Paul’s desire for some time, to get to Rome, but undoubtedly it was not under these circumstances as he is arrested and is a prisoner. He is going to stand trial before Caesar, but none-the-less he is excited about getting… Read more »

Almost Persuaded

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The Bible teaches that not one of us would respond favorably to God if God did not, first, sovereignly and graciously draw us unto Himself. Jesus will say, in John 6:44, 44 “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…” Jesus is teaching us that not one of us… Read more »

From Darkness to Light

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In this study we see another story of Paul’s testimony of the work of God’s grace in his life. This is the third time that Luke will record Paul’s testimony in this record of Acts. Some may wonder why we would cover this a third time and the answer is because Luke did. There are… Read more »

Responding Rightly to Opposition

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When Steve Lindscott was a student at Emmaus Bible College in 1980, he had a strange dream. Later, when he learned that a nursing student in Oak Park had been murdered the night he had the dream, some friends encouraged him to go to the police and talk with them about the dream. The Oak… Read more »

Salvation in Three Phases

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At one Bible conference, seminary president Earl Rodmacher began his sermon in this vein, “Last night while I was listening to Chuck Swindoll preach I got saved and when I listened to Tony Evans this morning I was saved two more times. I hope before I finish this message that I am to preach today… Read more »

The Resurrection of the Righteous and the Wicked

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A business was opening a new store and a friend of the owner sent flowers to the ribbon cutting ceremony. The flowers arrived on time and at the right location, but when the owner opened the card that was attached to the flowers it read this: “Rest in Peace”. The angry owner phoned the florist… Read more »

The Christian’s Confession of Faith

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Something strangely disappeared from the life of the evangelical church. More strange, very few noticed that something is missing and even fewer are alarmed by it. This vanished element is not a peripheral one, but rather it is central to the church’s identity and to the church’s health. What is this missing piece that has… Read more »