The Power of a Testimony (Acts 11:19-26)

The preceding chapters of Acts have been full of testimonies. Peter, Philip, the Ethiopian, Cornelius, Barnabas, Stephen. Persecutions, poverty, division — and finally peace. But not for long.  Remember the challenge scatter share the gospel The first Christians were chased out of Jerusalem by persecution and were scattered through the world. And they witnessed as […]

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Pastor Matt recently preached a sermon where he talked about accountability in the church. He read this list from Luke Gilkerson about why there is a distaste for accountability in the church. By request, we repost it here. The article is from the CovenantEyes Blog. View the original here. People hate conflict. The Barna Group states church leaders […]

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Father’s Day “Nuggets”

A few brief nuggets from Pastor Matt’s sermon this past Sunday. Listen. You want to know who your god is? Ask your kids. Jehovah needs to be the only God of your life. Only then can you teach your kids to honor him as they should. Love God — firstly, and with all. Even before we get […]

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Approved for All Audiences (Acts 10)

Peter saw a big screen original, an animal planet special, the cleansing of the unclean animals. It was so inspiring he had to watch it three times! THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IS “APPROVED FOR ALL AUDIENCES!” As the gospel spreads among the Jews, it defeats their narrow prejudices and sectarianism, and opens their minds […]

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Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and […]

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Do You Believe in Miracles? (Acts 9:31-35)

Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise […]

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How Do You See Others (Acts 9:26-31)

Everyone has purpose. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be here! It has been three years since Saul’s conversion, and now he goes up to the apostles at Jerusalem. His (old) reputation precedes him. 1. The disciples saw his past The disciples thought because of Saul’s past, he has no future with them. Are there people we […]

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1. New Focus A sudden change — In just a few verses, Saul goes from persecutor to preacher. Would that our transformations be so radical. People noticed the difference in Saul. His new focus is on Jesus the Messiah, the Christ who was prophesied to deliver his people from their sin. The synagogues where Saul preached […]

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People have been looking in all the wrong places for the wrong kind of king to relieve their distress. The ultimate distress, though, is sin, and Jesus, the ultimate King, came to save us from our sin. “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, […]

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Philip was an evangelist who was seeing much success. But he was called by God into the desert, along an old road that no one traveled. Even though there would be no one there, Philip went, because he would be where God called him. Arise and go — no time to delay! On that desert […]

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