Part 4: Resilient Relationships “A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria…Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Phillip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” Acts … Continue reading Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 4
We too often carry the weight of wounds inflicted too early in life to know how to properly cope with them. When we were wounded, something changed in us. We can’t always describe it, or even explain how we were affected. But it is there. As a pastor I have heard some of these stories of these old wounds. They linger in our memory and … Continue reading Why Do we Weight Ourselves to Death?
Part 3: Communities of character “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard…All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:19-20,32 NLT If you’ve never read Acts 4, or haven’t in … Continue reading Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 3
Part 2: Personal experience with God’s presence “And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages…How can this be?” Acts 2:4,7 NLT If you’ve never read Acts 2, or haven’t in a while, first go read it. And then spend a moment simply reflecting on the power, importance, and personal nature of the story it tells. God’s Spirit – … Continue reading Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 2
Part 1: Questions about why “Why are you standing here staring into heaven?” Acts 1:11 NLT If you’ve read Acts 1, this is such a pointed and powerful question. [If you haven’t read Acts 1, go read it now] The disciples have just finished 40 days with the resurrected Jesus, which concludes with one “final” recorded conversation with him about the kingdom of God. This … Continue reading Becoming More Christlike Than American: Part 1