It’s What You Do, Not When You Do It!

Some time ago the United Technologies Corporation published a full page message in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “It’s What You Do, Not When You Do It.” The message contained a listing of many outstanding people who soared at various ages in their lives: Ted Williams, at age 42, slammed a home run in his […]

Yes, You Can Know!

The Athenians encountered the Paul preaching in the marketplace and asked, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak?” (Acts 17:16-19). Paul graciously obliged them and preached to them of the one true God, finishing on the subject of Christ’s resurrection (vv. 22-31). Here’s a couple of observations based on the […]

Are You a Legalist?

Most Christians have, at one time or another, been accused of being a “legalist.” Of course, the term “legalist” is used in derision intending that we would run backwards in horror of being connected with the nasty “L” word. In most religious circles, the term “legalist” is connected to the Pharisees and its meaning is […]

The Witness of John

John, in his gospel’s prologue (1:1-5), identified Jesus as a shining light that darkness could not “apprehend” or overcome. He then added, “There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light that all might believe through him” (John 1:6-8). John […]

Acts 4

The healing of the lame man brought great attention to the apostles and some of that came from the elite sect called the Saducees. The sect was a minority group compared with the Pharisees, but they occupied important positions in Judaism. They were the priests and the Levitical element of society. Their chief quarrel with […]

Acts 3

How much time lapse there was between Acts two and Acts three we have no way of knowing. It is possible that the events of Acts three actually occurred during some of the events of Acts two. The apostles continued to fulfill Christ’s commission to them to preach and once more a miracle occurred which […]

Acts 2:44-45

“And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and they sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, according as any man had need” (Acts 2:44-45). The above verses tell of the unity of Jerusalem saints: of their love and devotion to God and to each other. There was a […]

Acts 2:41

A great multitude of people assembled on Pentecost drawn to the place where the apostles were by the sound as of a mighty rushing wind and the apostles preached to them. The results were impressive! 3,000 souls were baptized that day. However impressive that was, not all obeyed for some mocked and the statement. “They […]

Acts 8

The death of Stephen brought a new era to the church. The first seven chapters concern the Jerusalem church, its beginning, growth, problems, and triumphs. Jesus had commissioned the apostles to go into all the world, but for a long while they had remained in Jerusalem. Stephen’s death changed all that. The frustrations, bitterness and […]

Acts 6:1-6

Paul wrote Timothy, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Tim. 6:1). The first two recorded problems in the early church had to do with money: Ananais and Sapphira […]