Today we reach the end of the book of Acts! One small problem… the book doesn’t really come to any kind of conclusion! Paul has reached the moment he’s been waiting for and then… well, the story pauses. Yet even in this we find one last challenge for our own stories today.
Paul has been sitting tight for several years in the palace at Caesarea awaiting his trial when (finally!) things start to move. As we turn our attention to Acts 27 today, we find Paul boarding a ship and setting sail for Rome – the very thing Jesus promised him he would be doing two plus […]
When you’re walking life with Jesus and everything is seemingly “perfect,” it is such a pleasant walk… but what happens when things feel less “perfect?” What do you do when Jesus starts asking things of you that go against what you would want? Do you run? Do you fight? Do you yield in submission? As […]
Who doesn’t love a great courtroom drama? Yet despite all the episodes of Law & Order they have made over the years, none of them perhaps come close to the drama-filled courtroom scene that Paul encounters in the first half of Acts 23! This action-packed “episode” brings Paul, and each of us, face-to-face with our […]
Words have power. Most of us have heard this since we were young children. But how much power does a single word actually have? Today in Acts 22, we see Paul speaking a simple, everyday word… and yet it is powerful enough to seal his fate. Yet this isn’t outside of God’s plan that been […]
Paul is going to Jerusalem… but he knows that it is not going to be an all-together positive experience. So why does he go? Because he has properly discerned the call of the Holy Spirit. As we journey through Acts 21 today, we experience Paul’s wrestling with hearing God’s voice and learn how we too […]
Have you ever fallen asleep in church? Of course you have… we all have! But thankfully none of us have fallen asleep like Eutychus in Acts 20. He not only fell asleep in church (during perhaps the longest recorded sermon of all time!) but he also fell out a three story window to his (short-lived) […]