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Hard Hearts and Miracles

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Our Old Testament reading for today (Deuteronomy 24-25) is referenced in the New Testament a number of times. This is one of those subtle ways that the Holy Spirit reminds me that the book that we are reading was recognized as God’s inspired word by the Jews of the first century—and...

The Church Scatters - The Gospel Spreads!

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In Acts 8:1-25 (click here to read), persecution caused the church to scatter. But the Holy Spirit was at work and the Church grew! This is the exciting development I mentioned in Monday’s video devotion (click here to view). The pandemic is causing the church to scatter. Each of us...

You are not alone - a lesson from Stephen

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Click the image to watch today's devotion based on Deuteronomy 16-18 and Acts 7:37-60. The highlight of today’s readings is at the end of Acts 7. Stephen completes his defense before the Sanhedrin and is immediately dragged out to be stoned to death.But Stephen was not alone! He...

What the Church needs now...

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In Acts 7:9-36 (click here to read or listen), Stephen shows his mastery of Old Testament history and his audience. He is standing before the Sanhedrin accused of speaking against the Law of Moses and the temple. As he begins his defense, he recounts Old Testament history to get his adversaries...

The Full Message of this New Life

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Our New Testament reading (Acts 5:1-21, click here to read or listen)raises lots of questions. Did Ananias and Sapphira go to hell? Ultimately, this isn’t for you and me to know. The message is the same as the one Jesus taught in Luke 13:1-5. “Unless you repent, you too shall...

Daily Devotion - Courage!

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Click here or on the image above to hear our daily devotion based on Deuteronomy 4 - 5 (click here to read) and Acts 4:13-37 (click here to read) One of the reasons I love reading history models of courage from the past encourage me. Today, I am amazed at the courage of Moses as...

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