Tag Archives: Paul

Speaking our Language

  This week, Paul travels to Ephesus, baptizes a group of 12 men in the name of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit shows up much as it did for Pentecost. Each one of the men starts speaking in … Continue reading

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Crazy like a fox

In this sixth week of Easter, we find Paul and another disciple beaten and in prison once again. At this point, the man has to be an incredible mess of scars, broken bones, and painful wounds. Yet, he sits in … Continue reading

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Charting a New Course

  Isn’t it incredible how drastically God can change a person? In the readings this week, it is clear that Paul has completely turned his life around. First, Paul and Barnabas, who are traveling together, heal a crippled man. The … Continue reading

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Hidden Blessings

Last week, Paul was told that he would be the one to preach to the Gentiles. This was new for the group, even though Jesus had hinted at it several times during His ministry. Jesus was considered the Jewish Messiah, … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

  So much happens in the readings from Acts this week that I hardly know where to start. First, Stephen is stoned to death. This message of Jesus resurrected is really not going over well. As the stoning is going … Continue reading

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The greatest of these is love

We make things so difficult sometimes. We have stacks of law books dictating what we can and cannot do in our society. We have libraries of books telling us how to live lives of faith. Even in Jesus’ time, people … Continue reading

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Peace

“The peace that surpasses all understanding.” This is how Paul describes what your spirit is like when you are filled with the Holy Spirit. Or with faith, or with Jesus, or … I spend my time trying to put into … Continue reading

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Tell Me a Story

One of my favorite things to hear is, “I need to tell you something, because you’ll understand.” It means that someone has had an incredible God moment in their lives and they just have to share it. Fortunately, they know … Continue reading

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Iron in the Fire

When I read Paul, I have a hard time deciding if his writing is that far above me, or if he just doesn’t make sense. Given all of the scholarship generated in the past 2000 years, it’s most likely that … Continue reading

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Obey

  In general, we don’t like to be told that we have to obey something. Whether it be traffic laws, curfews, or rules of the house, when someone tells us that we “have” to do something, we tend to buck … Continue reading

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