Spirit-filled leaders live for an eternal mission. Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” HOW DOES JESUS USE SPIRIT-FILLED LEADERS? To seek and save those who are lost. The Spirit of God sends the person of God to share the good news of the Son of God. The Spirit-filled life is always reflected in simple obedience to the Spirit of God as directed by the Word of God. PHILIP'S EXAMPLE IN ACTS 8… In Acts 8, God used Philip (a person of God) to share the good news of Jesus (the Son of God). Philip, led by the Spirit of God, used the Word of God, and a child of God was born (the Ethiopian)! Join Pastor Phil as we journey through God's Word and find out how… · Jesus seeks and saves the lost using Spirit-filled leaders · God prepares hearts to receive the gospel · One person's salvation has the power to affect future generations Let's continue to journey through the book of Acts and discover what biblical leadership looks like and how we can live and lead by the Spirit of God. Don't forget to click the “bell” to SUBSCRIBE to get more videos like this to grow your faith! ● Connect with us on Social Media ↴ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abundantlifels/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abundantlifels ● Connect with Pastor Phil ↴ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhilHopperKC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philhopper_kc/ Web: https://livingproof.co/about-us/pastor-phil/ ● Get the FREE download to go with this series, “Biblical Leadership Principles: Learning from the Book of Acts”: https://livingproof.co/biblical-leadership-principles-acts/ More information on our sermons: https://livingproof.co/sermons/ Do you want to see your life changed by Jesus? Visit our website: https://livingproof.co/
In Acts 18 we meet a local government official who refuses to deal with cases that come before him. This event not only presents true history but also gives us an accurate historical setting for the entire book of Acts. This session discusses what happens when leaders are not strong and fair enough to ensure public safety. Paul takes Priscilla and Aquilla with him on the missionary journey, which is surprising since he previously refused to take Mark. How are women presented in the Bible?How should people make vows to God?Why would Paul not stay in Ephesus even though they asked him to stay?Support the show
Worship! What has you in prison? Are you ready to PRAISE your way out? In Acts 16:22-25 that's the story! Thank You for listening and if you want to sow into this ministry, you can at https://impactoverinfluence.betterworld.org/donate. Stay tuned for part 2 of Worship to go out next Thursday at 8am. Follow to receive a notification so you don't miss out on an episode release. Thank You to https://www.eevolveusa.com for sowing into Impact. If you have any needs, this kingdom bound company can help get you going.
Thanks for joining us for the third and final week of our series, Day One. Your first day of something new is often a defining moment. That's true with day one of a new job, day one at a new school, or day one of marriage—and, as we see in the early church, the same is true with day one of following Jesus. In Acts 2, we read about how 3,000 people believed the good news, were baptized and received the promise of the Holy Spirit on day one. While this doesn't always happen in one day, it's a model for what day one of everyday life like Jesus can be like in our own time.
(Acts 2:14-38) Do you know how to identify New Testament preaching? In Acts 2 we discover three simple elements that mark the preaching of God's Word. May the Lord help us all to become better hearers of the Truth! (07019230123)
In Acts 27, Pastor Donnie McClurkin teaches us that the path to our life's purpose is filled with ups and downs. We go through problems, we go through storms, we go through disappointments, but these should not derail us from reaching our destined purpose. Praise God in the storms of life and trust Him to get you through them. You'll eventually get to where God destined you to be. We stream live every Sunday at 11am ET and every Wednesday at 8pm ET. Visit our website: https://perfectingfaithchurch.com Connect with us on social media! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PerfectingFaithChurch/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/perfectingfaithchurch/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/PFCNY Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@perfectingfaithchurch
We are starting 2023 believing that God has BETTER for us in this new year. However, BETTER doesn't mean God gives us everything we want. BETTER means walking more closely to him and following His perfect will for our lives. There are many aspects of following Jesus more closely and many areas we can experience BETTER from God. Today, Pastor Devin is finishing up the book of Philippians as we think about BETTER GENEROSITY in 2023. In Acts 20:35, it records Jesus' words of, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Is it really BETTER to give? Pastor Devin is going to show us why Jesus' words are true!Social Media Links:Facebook: facebook.com/abundantlifebirdsboroInstagram: @alchurchpaSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0nnOPjL0QVBQjvMtLiiCl9iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/abundant-life-church/id1496645397Website: abundantlifebirdsboro.comOur mission at Abundant Life Church is to love God, love people, and to make followers of Christ.Support the show
In Acts 14 Paul and Barnabas continue and conclude their ministry in the Roman province of Galatia. Their preaching is followed by great miracles and great persecution. One miracle in particular is highlighted. A man who is born blind is healed by faith! Though many believed as a result of the Gospel preaching and miracle ministry, others were enraged. In fact, Paul was stoned and thought to be dead! Yet, even after being chased out of multiple cities, and being beat to a pulp, at the end of their first journey Paul still decided to go to those dangerous areas and encourage the new believers instead of taking a far easier road home. God was with Paul and Barnabas every step of the way, testifying to His Word, and empowering them to complete the assignment on which He had sent them!
(Acts 2:2-3) In Acts 2 the Holy Spirit describes the day of Pentecost to us. That day will never be reproduced, but the power exhibited can be lived out in our own lives each day. We all need the fresh life-giving wind and the blazing fire of the Holy Ghost in our lives. (07016230119)
Thanks for joining us for the second week of our new series, Day One. Your first day of something new is often a defining moment. That's true with day one of a new job, day one at a new school, or day one of marriage—and, as we see in the early church, the same is true with day one of following Jesus. In Acts 2, we read about how 3,000 people believed the good news, were baptized and received the promise of the Holy Spirit on day one. While this doesn't always happen in one day, it's a model for what day one of everyday life like Jesus can be like in our own time
Do you want to know how to multiply yourself as a leader? Spirit-led leaders don't merely minister to people; they minister through people. They encourage teamwork so that God's Word and mission are fulfilled. HEALTHY CHURCHES HAVE HEALTHY LEADERS What does a healthy church look like? In a healthy church, every member is a minister. There are no spectators, only participators. In the average American church, the “pews” have become the “bleachers,” where Jesus' “fans” come to watch the professionals “play.” THE PROBLEM Sadly, those who come only to watch miss out on great blessings to… Grow their faith and know their identity in Christ Find biblical community that encourages and ministers to them Make a lasting impact on others THE SOLUTION Adopt this leadership principle: Multiply yourself! God's work demands teamwork. Jesus multiplied Himself in the twelve apostles. In Acts 6, the apostles multiplied themselves in others. TAKEAWAY: Again, Spirit-led leaders don't merely minister to people; they minister through people. And those who choose to get out of the bleachers and into the game will be empowered and blessed! Join Pastor Phil as he… Inspires leaders to multiply themselves through teamwork Tells us about 3 blessings that come from getting involved in God's Work Let's continue to journey through the book of Acts and discover what biblical leadership looks like and how we can live and lead by the Spirit of God. Don't forget to click the “bell” to SUBSCRIBE to get more videos like this to grow your faith! Connect with us on Social Media ↴ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abundantlifels/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abundantlifels Connect with Pastor Phil ↴ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhilHopperKC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/philhopper_kc/ Web: https://livingproof.co/about-us/pastor-phil/ Get the FREE download to go with this series, “Biblical Leadership Principles: Learning from the Book of Acts”: https://livingproof.co/biblical-leadership-principles-acts/ More information on our sermons: https://livingproof.co/sermons/ Do you want to see your life changed by Jesus? Visit our website: https://livingproof.co/
(Acts 1:6-8) In Acts 1, the Lord gives us three things that every disciple needs and an outline of His advancing work throughout history. He has given us the tools needed. Don't miss the adventure we are on with Him! (07011230113)
Friday, 13 January 2023 “God has fulfilled this for us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus. As it is also written in the second Psalm: ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.' Acts 13:33 Paul just proclaimed to those at the synagogue, “And we declare to you glad tidings.” He then went on to say, “that promise which was made to the fathers.” With that, he now explains his words, saying, “God has fulfilled this.” The word he uses is found only here in Scripture, ekpléroó. It means more than just fulfilled, but that it is completely fulfilled in every detail. In other words, God made promises that were to be realized in the coming of the Messiah. In the sending of Jesus, they are not just fulfilled here or there, but entirely. He is the fulfillment of every messianic expectation that God had laid before His people. Understanding this, Paul continues with, “for us their children.” The Greek is very precise and emphatic. It reads, “to the children of them, to us.” Some manuscripts say, “to our children.” As such, it seems that one of the scribes attempted to align Paul's words with those of Peter when he spoke to those in Jerusalem – “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Of this change, Cambridge rightly says, “...this weakens the language greatly, for what the audience whom St Paul addressed would desire was a fulfilment for themselves. Their children would inherit what they received, but a promise to be fulfilled to their children would not move them so much as one of which they were to be sharers themselves.” The focus is on the fulfillment of the promises by Jesus and that it is now available to be appropriated by the people of Israel. This is confirmed in Paul's next words, saying, “in that He has raised up Jesus.” The KJV adds in the word “again” in this clause, saying, “in that he hath raised up Jesus again.” The reason they appear to have done this is probably that it puts the focus on the resurrection rather than the incarnation. In other words, Jesus was “raised up” by God at the incarnation. He was then “raised up” by God again at the resurrection. However, by not italicizing the word “again,” the KJV translators have illegally added to Scripture a presupposition, even if that presupposition is correct. The translation is therefore not acceptable. With that noted, Paul will next go to the Hebrew Scriptures to demonstrate that what he is saying is something that was anticipated in the coming of Jesus. The messianic expectations are fulfilled in His resurrection. Concerning that thought, Albert Barnes rightly states, “He does not say that every part of the promise had reference to his resurrection; but his being raised up completed or perfected the fulfillment of the promises which had been made respecting him.” That is validated next in Paul's citation from Scripture. To introduce the thought, he starts off by saying, “As it is also written in the second Psalm.” Here, some manuscripts simply say, “in the first Psalm.” Cambridge explains the variation, saying, “What we now call the first psalm was formerly regarded as an introduction to the whole and not counted in the numbering. The quotation which follows is, according to the present order of the Psalms, taken from Psalm 2:7.” Either way, the ordering of the psalms as they are now laid out goes back to an undetermined time in antiquity. It has remained in that state since. The actual quotation of Paul says, “You are My Son.” Paul indicates that the Father/Son relationship referred to in the psalm is a messianic expectation. Someone may attempt to deny that, but the other words of the psalm confirm that it is so. In Acts 4, Peter cites the psalm while speaking to the people of Israel, clearly presenting it as a messianic psalm. And more, it was understood that way by the people when Peter cited it. Therefore, it was to be taken as an axiom that Paul's citing of these words was messianic as well. With that, he continues with, “Today I have begotten You.” Albert Barnes poignantly notes concerning these words – “It is evident that Paul uses the expression here as implying that the Lord Jesus is called the Son of God because he raised him up from the dead, and that he means to imply that it was for this reason that he is so called. This interpretation of an inspired apostle fixes the meaning of this passage in the psalm, and proves that it is not there used with reference to the doctrine of eternal generation, or to his incarnation, but that he is called his Son because he was raised from the dead.” He is correct in this. Despite that, this does not negate the Sonship of Jesus as defined through either eternal generation or the incarnation. It is simply a point of Sonship that is derived from the resurrection. Paul states this elsewhere as well – “Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:1-4 When the Lord spoke out the Psalm, He declared “Today.” It is an affirmation that the event was proclaimed and thus it was so. Christ Jesus is the Son of God, but the affirmation points to resurrection which confirms that it is so. He is the Son within the Trinity. He is the Son through the incarnation. The resurrection proves that these things are so because only the Lord (Yehovah) could accomplish those things necessary to fulfill the Law of Moses. And more, only the Lord Jesus was first born without sin, meaning that God is His Father and that He is the God/Man. Though these things were already true, the resurrection proves that they are so. No other man could resurrect as He did. As Peter said in Acts 2 – “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.” Acts 2:22-24 It is not possible that a man bearing sin could resurrect. Likewise, it was not possible that a sinless Man could be held by death. This is what Paul is now conveying to the people in the synagogue. As a point of theology, for those who are in Christ, the sin debt has been paid. We are now deemed sinless before God. As such, it is not possible that death can hold Christ's redeemed. Life application: Regardless of the intent of the KJV translators concerning the addition of the word “again” as noted above, it is not their place to do this without noting that it is an added word. Their failure to italicize that word after adding it into Scripture has changed the word of God. If they felt there needed to be clarity, that is what italicizing additions is for. Further, that is the purpose of Bible commentaries. They are given to explain what is going on in Scripture, clarify difficult passages, etc. Translators are not given this right unless they clearly identify words they have added to Scripture. Without doing this, their presuppositions replace the word of God as it has been given. This is something the Jehovah's Witnesses have done in verses such as Colossians 1:16 in their failed New World Translation. It is inappropriate, and it is the mark of a poor translation. In this case, the King James Version has perfectly failed to give a suitable rendering of the Greek. But this is not unique to that translation. It is often sloppy, inconsistent, contradictory, and just plain wrong. Be careful to read many translations as you study the Bible. It is fine to read the Bible and enjoy the poetic nature of what is written. And this is often the case with an archaic translation like the KJV because it is soft on the ears. But that does not mean the theology to be derived from the translation is correct. So be on guard and diligently study the word. A small error like the one noted above will not lead you down a false path, but it is nonetheless an illicit addition. If you read the KJV, be sure to annotate this in the margin. And be sure to read other, better, translations as well to get a fuller understanding of what God's word says. Lord God, we can know Your word is true through a careful study of it. Although there are things we may not understand, we can still have faith that those things that are difficult have a suitable resolution, even if we have not yet found it. Thank You for Your precious word. Help us to contemplate it all our days and to grow in our knowledge of You through it. Amen.
In Acts 8, Simon the Sorcerer professes belief in Jesus and begins to follow the apostles. Yet later he says things that give us doubt whether he truly was saved. Since similar situations happen today, how can we know whether someone is saved? In this informal discussion, we talk about Lordship Salvation, professed by John MacArthur, and Free Grace, championed by Zane Hodges. Can we be saved and not have the Holy Spirit? Support the show
Questions Covered: 12:13 – The bible has passages where God is bargaining with Satan. How do I understand these passages? 16:44 – The teaching of purgatory bothers me. Where is it explicitly in the bible? 20:52 – I want to push back on who was left behind. Maybe the protestant conclusion is right. Were those who were left behind actually left behind to experience destruction? 24:01 – Mk. 10 says some will not taste death. Is that Jesus predicting his death in the 1st century and was he wrong? 38:04 – How do I respond to the claim that Mary had more children? 44:20 – How could one be baptized with fire and spirit? Could you elaborate? 46:50 – Have you asked protestants to protect their positions from the historical perspective? 52:03 – In Acts it was said that the gentiles should not eat meat of strangled animals. How does that tie to Jesus’ death on the cross? …
Thanks for joining us for the first week of our new series, Day One. Your first day of something new is often a defining moment. That's true with day one of a new job, day one at a new school, or day one of marriage—and, as we see in the early church, the same is true with day one of following Jesus. In Acts 2, we read about how 3,000 people believed the good news, were baptized and received the promise of the Holy Spirit on day one. While this doesn't always happen in one day, it's a model for what day one of everyday life like Jesus can be like in our own time.AUDIO ISSUES: We apologize that there are a couple of moments in this podcast where our technology failed to record and the sermon cuts out.
Alive and In You! (Acts 1:1-11) When Luke wrote his first letter (Luke), he told us all about the things that “Jesus began to do and teach.” In Luke's second letter (Acts), he tells us about everything Jesus does in and through the Spirit of God, present in His church. Luke calls it “instructions through the Holy Spirit”. It is clear in the Greek, that this was how Jesus taught the church after his ascension. Jesus is still alive and active through the indwelling of the Spirit of God, in you—and He is at work through His Church. The Holy Spirit is God's good gift to us. Jesus taught the disciples about the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-30). The Holy Spirit indwells us and never leaves us (v16). The Holy Spirit leads us to truth (v17), He teaches us and reminds us (v26). He continues his teaching about the Holy Spirit in the “abide” chapter, John 15:26-27. The Holy Spirit teaches us about Jesus. The teaching continues in John 16:5-15. The Holy Spirit convicts of sin. He guides you. He brings glory to Jesus. In Acts, we read that the Holy Spirit empowers the church. Have you believed in Jesus? Are you walking with him? When you believe, the Holy Spirit indwells you. The very waters of baptism are the picture of being wrapped up in the Holy Spirit. Jesus is in you! The Spirit is in you. God calls you to come alive!
“Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty." Yesterday we talked about the “Awesome Voice of God”. Today we want to think about the “Wonderful Voice of Jesus”. In Psalm 29 the Voice of the LORD is magnetified and God is glorified. His voice is powerful and full of majesty! When we come to the New Testament, we find that the Voice of the LORD is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. We read in John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” To have a “word” you need to have a “voice” that speaks that word. In the beginning was the “Voice of God” and His Word spoke the world and everything made into existence. Then John writes in John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John and the disciples and hundreds of others who were alive at that time, saw Jesus and beheld His glory as He lived a sinless life, heal the sick, gave sight to the blind, walked on water, fed the hungry, and raised the dead! The same glory of God that we read about in Psalm 29. When people came to John the Baptist and ask him if he was the Messiah, he replied and said, “No, I am only a voice crying in the wilderness to prepare the way for Him.” And basically, he went on to say that the Voice of Jesus was the greater Voice that would bring transformation to people through His life and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In John 10:3-4, Jesus proclaims that when the True Shepherd comes that the sheep will hear His Voice and that they will know His voice and they will follow Him. Jesus repeats this in John 10:27: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” How do you know if you are genuinely a follower of Jesus? You both hear and know His Voice and will be following Him. The Apostle John would later write in 1 John 1:1-4, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life-- the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us-- that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” Twice in these verses John says, “we heard” Him. John fully recognized Who Jesus was and is! He is the “Word of life”! And John invites us to know and receive Him like he did so that we can also have salvation and fellowship with Him and with His Father! In Acts 9:1-22, Saul was on the road to Damascus to persecute believers and had an experience with the Voice of Jesus that changed everything. He heard a “voice”, and when he asked who the voice was he heard the voice say, “I Am Jesus….”. And Saul's immediate response was, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Today we have the Spoken Voice, the Written Voice, and the Living Voice of God all in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. And He is still saying to all of us today, “Come unto Me all you who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Do you hear and know His Voice? Are you following Him? God bless!
Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. This Psalm was written by David and seems to be a sequel to the preceding one where David expressed his fear that he might perish with the ungodly in some sweeping national disaster. Now he expresses his faith that God will abundantly save His own. This is a very significant Psalm for it mentions the Lord eighteen times. If we add to that the use of pronouns and the mention of God and King we have God mentioned no less than twenty-five times in eleven short verses. David was an outdoorsman who appreciated nature and celebrated the power of Jehovah the Creator. Jewish worshipers today use this Psalm in the synagogue as a part of their celebration of Pentecost. In Acts 2 on the Day of Pentecost when the church was born, we saw the manifestation and promise of the Holy Spirit being given. There was the sound of a rushing mighty wind, tongues of fire, and the "thunder" of God's voice through His Word. Like the Jews on Pentecost the church today can also use Psalm 29 to celebrate Pentecost. Israel's neighbors believed that Baal, the storm god, controlled rain and fertility, but this psalm says otherwise. It magnifies the sovereignty of God and the power of God in His creation, both of which bring glory to God. The word "glory" is used four times in the psalm (vv. 1-3, 9), for David saw in the storm God's glory revealed in three different places. First David saw God's Glory in the Heavenly Temple (vv. 1-2). Heaven is a place of worship (see Rev. 4-5), and here the command is given for the angels ("mighty ones, sons of the Mighty") to ascribe, to attribute to God glory and strength, because these divine attributes magnify His name. Psalm 96:7-9 speaks of how all the earth should do this: “Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Give to the LORD glory and strength. Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.” The Psalm begins and ends mentioning God's "strength" (vv. 1&11). And verses 4-9 demonstrate that strength in the description of the storm. The “mighty ones” are angels are also called "sons of God" in Job 1:6, 2:1 and 38:7; and see Psalm 89:6. The Jewish priests and Levites had to dress properly as they served at the sanctuary (Ex. 28:lff), and even God's angels must come before Him in proper "attire," what is called "holy array" and "the splendor of his holiness". True holiness is a beautiful thing to behold. I can't even image the “beauty of God's holiness” that is displayed in heaven right now! But certainly, the greatest demonstration of holiness was in the life of Jesus Christ when He ministered on earth as He lived a pure and sinless life, without spot or blemish. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, caused the lame to walk and raised the dead to life again! Sin is ugly, no matter what we may call it, but true holiness is beautiful and brings glory to God. We are told to worship the LORD in the beauty of Holiness. This means we are to be a holy people, cleansed by the blood of Jesus and daily washed in His Word! I'm convinced when we worship the LORD in this beautiful holiness that we will clearly hear “the voice of the Lord” in all the storms of life that we will experience in this world! Are you hearing His Voice today? God bless!
Friday, 6 January 2023 “Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to you the word of this salvation has been sent. Acts 13:26 Paul had just spoken of John the Baptist's denial of being the Messiah, instead pointing the people of Israel to the One who was coming after him. Paul now proclaims that this One has come. His words begin with, “Men and brethren, sons of the family of Abraham,” The words are surprisingly widely translated, dividing the three designations into two or three categories. Literally, the words read, “Men, brothers, sons of the stock of Abraham.” This is probably how Paul intended. He is speaking to the men of the synagogue. He refers to them next as brothers. And then, he notes their lineage being traced back to Abraham as a particular point of note because of what he will say in verse 13:32 concerning the promise made to the fathers, a promise that first came to Abraham. He is carefully defining them so that they pay heed to the details of what he will say. The importance of heeding or not heeding will make all the difference in their eternal future. Therefore, he speaks precisely so that they will be without excuse in their decision concerning the matter presented. Next, he adds another category, saying, “and those among you who fear God.” An important question arises here: Is this another descriptor of those he just addressed or is it a separate category altogether? In other words, is this a way of saying, “You sons of Abraham who fear God,” or is it “and anyone who is not a son of Abraham but who fears God” as in verse 13:16? Notice the difference between the two verses: 13:16 – and those fearing God 13:26 – and those among you fearing God The reason this is important is that these are words of warning to his people as much as they are words heralding the good news concerning Jesus. The two are actually inseparable. To reject the good news will lead to being handed the results of that rejection. The confusion continues with the next words to some degree. They say, “to you the word of this salvation has been sent.” In this, the words are directed to whoever is hearing, be it Jew or Gentile. However, some manuscripts say, “to us.” In this, it may or may not change the meaning. It still could mean that God's salvation has been sent to both categories, but it also may be that he is saying that God's salvation was sent to the literal descendants of Abraham who fear God as opposed to Abraham's literal descendants and those Gentiles who fear God as well. In Acts 10:2, the same term is used when referring to Cornelius. He was a man “that feared God.” Because of this, it is hard to be dogmatic, but even if it extends to proselytes of the gate who are in attendance, the result will ultimately remain unchanged. If those proselytes were to reject the message of Paul and continue with observance of Moses, they would – henceforth – be separated from what God is doing in Christ. This is to be seen quite clearly in verses 13:38 & 39 – “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Whether Paul's words include the proselytes of the gate, or whether they are solely directed to the Jews at this point, an absolute distinction is made between “everyone who believes” and “the law of Moses.” To follow the law will mean that you are not included in everyone who believes. That then means no justification and thus eternal separation from God. This is because, as Paul says in Galatians – “...knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.” Galatians 2:16 & “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.' 11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for ‘the just shall live by faith.' 12 Yet the law is not of faith, but ‘the man who does them shall live by them.'” Galatians 3:10-12 Life application: Faith in Jesus Christ saves. Nothing else will do. Heavenly Father, help us to be people of faith, trusting in the merits of Jesus Christ alone for our salvation. And then, Lord, help us to be faithful people, working out our salvation in righteousness and holiness all our days. May our walk be in accord with the honor bestowed upon us when we first believed. To Your glory, we pray. Amen.
Happy New Year!This week...Should we write in and/or highlight our Bibles?Will we have authority over angels in the Millennial Reign and beyond - AND - will we interact with them as we would interact with the saints?Why did the demons in Luke 8 ask to be cast into a herd of swine - AND - Can animals be demon possessed - AND - What appended to the demons when the swine died? In Acts 2:38. why does Peter say to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and not in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?Casey's RandomsThe Crew: Casey Coffman, DeWight Smith & Sr. Pastor Duane HarneyThe Fan Club President and Founder: Dillon KellerThe Fan Club VP: Robb HaydenThe Voice: Julie MillerThe Executive Producer: Allen Miller
In Acts 10 we see that God miraculously prepares the hearts of people from every nation to hear and believe the Gospel. This truth propels us to delight in and have an urgency in evangelism; delight in obedience to Christ and participating in what He is doing to draw people to Himself and urgency for those who are dying without Christ.
We are diving back into the book of Acts! In Acts 13 God sends Saul and Barnabas on a brand new missionary adventure. During a season of worship, prayer, and fasting God speaks to them and sends them out. They boldly traverse land and sea to fulfill the purposes God has for them. God also has new things for you this new year! New assignments, new journeys, fresh encouragement! The same Spirit who equipped Saul and Barnabas, and sent them out, is the same Spirit at work in your life!
Acts 8:26-40 – A Believer’s Baptism answers the question of do you need to be baptized in order to be saved? In Acts 8, Philip experiences a radical encounter with a high-powered Ethiopian on a desert road and leads the man to saving faith in Jesus. Baptism does not lead to salvation or the washing […] The post Acts 8:26-40 – A Believer’s Baptism appeared first on The Mission Church.
In the book of Acts, we see the first chapter of the autobiography of the church. We see the amazing expansion and growth of the kingdom of heaven throughout the whole world. We begin to examine the attributes and identifying marks of the thriving kingdom of God in the original first century church. In Acts, […]
Where are you going? In Acts 16:31 it says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” What does this really mean? Cale unpacks these questions and more in this episode of The Faith Explained.
Christ Jesus is on His way coming!!! You can reach out to us on email@example.com Visit the following links to subscribe and connect with us! Telegram link https://t.me/PastorChris_teachings Google Podcast link https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9yaGFwc29keS5yZWN Apple Podcast link https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/word-of-life-podcast/id1507564447 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:36). Our opening verse is an important food for thought. No man can truly “gain” the world without Jesus because it belongs to Him. He owns the world. You may own a piece of property today, but many years ago, that same property belonged to someone else who must have walked through its length and breadth and boasted “Look what I got!” I ask people, “Where are the Pharaohs of Egypt and the Emperors of Europe? Where are the Caesars?” They're long gone. Though they conquered the world at a point in their lives and thought they'd rule it forever, they had to leave it after a while, and someone else took over. The natural man will give anything to live forever. But no matter how he tries to find a cure for death, he still has to answer the call whether or not he wants to. Jesus taught about a rich man who had such a bountiful harvest that he needed to tear down his storehouses and build new ones to store his crops. He was excited to have laid up so much supplies for himself that could last for years. While he was thinking about this, God came into his room and said, “…You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” (Luke 12:20 NIV). What's the purpose for your life in this world? Why are you here? I'll tell you: It's to make sure the Gospel of Jesus Christ goes to the ends of the earth. In Acts 26:16, the Bible says, “But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee.” This is the reason God left you here and it should be your passion. It should be what excites you. You may not be a pastor, teacher, prophet, an evangelist or an apostle, but you are called to be a soul winner. CONFESSION I'm an ambassador of God and a witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I've been sent from the heavenly Kingdom for the salvation of souls in the earth. My heart is set on my divine purpose and not on the mundanities of life. My daily passion is to establish the Kingdom of God in the earth and in the hearts of men; and I do this by the power of the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! FURTHER STUDY: 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil. Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Revelation 18 & Zechariah 4-6 2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Revelation 19:11-21 & Zechariah 7-8 6 To give towards sponsoring free copies please kindly click the below link https://buy.stripe.com/bIYcOj8vQepC3eM6op
In Acts 10, Peter had a dream. He saw a sheet come down from Heaven with all kinds of unclean animals in it. He heard a voice tell him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!” He refused, but the vision was repeated a total of three times telling him to kill and eat the unclean animals that he had been shown. We are told that Peter was perplexed by the vision. Why didn't Peter immediately understand it? Was he simply too dense to understand the obvious? Wasn't God telling Peter that He was abolishing the dietary laws He gave to His people back in the Torah, and that he wanted them to start ordering in their Honey-Baked-Ham for the holidays? Or was there a different message the Lord wanted Peter to take away from the vision? There is a very important dream in this week's Torah portion. Could understanding its interpretation be the key to unlocking Peter's vision?
Paul and Barnabas were partners. Both loved Jesus. Both were committed to planting churches and spreading the Gospel. In Acts 15, they had a disagreement that caused them to part ways. Learn how God worked through their break-up - using their struggle to do more good than ever before, and to, in time, bring reconciliation.Subscribe to PRESTONCREST - with Gordon Dabbs on Soundwise
In Acts 22:22-24, an angry mob of Jews called for the death of Paul. They are angry and possess a high level of hatred for the apostle. What caused Paul to be on the receiving end of the wrath of this hostile crowd? It is important to note that Paul was back in Jerusalem. He […]
* In our exegetical study of the Acts of the Apostles we have seen that God has been adding to the church - sometimes dramatically and sometimes daily. At the conclusion of Peter's teaching to the crowd which gathered, as a result of the healing of the lame man, we are told that the church to 5,000 men (not counting the women and children)! Remember, in Acts 1 we saw that after the Ascension of Jesus there were 120 believers meeting in the upper room. Now, after this event with the lame man and the subsequent interactions with the Sanhedrin, the church was growing even more! * With growth ... comes growth pains. The early church did not get a "pass." As James would later write, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." (James 1:2-4) * In Acts 6, we are introduced to the first major "internal" test for the church. The great unity that they had was starting to be tested. How would they respond? What would they do? What would be the results? * This message was presented on December 18, 2022 by Bob Corbin.
In Acts chapter eighteen we find the apostle Paul struggling with discouragement. To encourage Paul, the Lord brings him an encouraging word, and stirs him to seek out a friend. Maybe discouragement is dogging you or someone close to you. Let me invite you to join us as we look at how God encourages the discouraged. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1425/29
My first great gift idea is the gift of a listening ear. Do you know how many people there are in this world—in your life—that would love to have a listening ear for Christmas? Someone who simply will give them time and let them talk about whatever is on their heart. I often think of elderly people who we sometimes overlook in our busy lives. Does an elderly person you know come to your mind right now? What about making an opportunity to sit down with them, have a cup of coffee, and just listen. Even if you don't personally know someone like that, you could visit a nursing home and make yourself available to someone there. Often those in nursing homes have few if any people in their lives who visit them. Can you imagine how thrilled they would be for you to simply say, “How're you doing? Tell me about yourself.” It would be the best gift you could give them. And you'd be surprised how interesting and entertaining their stories can be. Maybe there are some children or teenagers in your life that would love to have someone to talk to. Why not give them a listening ear for Christmas? If you know someone who has experienced a significant loss lately, they would usually love a listening ear. You might feel like you don't know what to say to them, but the thing is, you don't have to say much of anything. Just listen. It won't be hard for you to find someone who needs a listening ear; why don't you give it to them? It will make Christmas for them. James 1 tells us we are to be quick to listen and slow to speak. So, great gift idea number 1 is “Give a listening ear.” Here's idea number 2: Give a helping hand. Jesus said that whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant (Mark 10:43). We are called as Christ-followers to serve as he did. So, what acts of service could you do this Christmas for some unexpecting person? Just one intentional act of offering a helping hand could absolutely make someone's Christmas the best ever. It might be something you do for a sick or disabled person you know. It might be doing some shopping for or with a widow or widower you know. Or just someone who is lonely. You could design a card that said something like: “My gift to you this year is to do something that would be helpful to you.” You might even give them a list to choose from, such as cleaning their house, cooking a meal, taking them shopping, washing their car—and any number of other acts of service from which they could choose. In Acts 9:36 we read: “In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.” Always doing good and helping poor people! What a reputation to have! There are lots of ways to help poor people these days. You could serve a meal at a shelter, or volunteer at a charity. How about babysitting for an exhausted single mom so she can have a night or day to herself? Many cannot afford babysitters, and that would be a very helpful gift. There are so many creative ways to give a helping hand, and so many needy people. I have no doubt that you can come up with the perfect gift for someone you know. All it takes is a little time and a caring heart. Here's suggestion number 3: How about giving forgiveness? Are you harboring something in your heart against someone? Have you allowed a root of bitterness to grow in the soil of your soul because someone has hurt you? Don't you think it would be a great Christmas if you decided to give up that resentment and offer forgiveness? Perhaps they have never asked you to forgive them. That does indeed require a very special gift of forgiveness from you. But here's the thing—withholding forgiveness causes you far more harm than it does the other person. It's like taking rat poison and expecting the rat to die. So, in effect, giving forgiveness to someone else is a very wonderful gift that you give yourself. You know, it may just be a very small thing—something your mate or s...
Complacency: A Lethal EnemyThe pounding at the door rattled the entire house just before the foot of an impatient Roman soldier kicked it from its hinges. Peter was still in bed when the guards grabbed him and hauled him into the dusty Jerusalem streets where a prison wagon was waiting. The high priest had exercised his political power and commanded that the disciples of Jesus be rounded up like ordinary criminals to be incarcerated in a common prison. But with the evening would come to an extraordinary miracle. Acts 5:19 says, “But the angel of Lord by night opened the prison doors and brought them forth.” What a glorious deliverance and testimony! God had demonstrated His power once again, and these early followers of Jesus must have felt invincible.I think what happened next is typical of human nature. It would appear that in the midst of great victories, a cloud of complacency had dulled some of the believers' spiritual senses. In Acts 12 we read that the persecution against the church continued. But this time it was Herod who had initiated the arrest and instead of seizing all the apostles at once, he started with James, the brother of John. Everyone assumed that James would be fine. After all, God had delivered the apostles from prison once before, and surely, He would do it again… or would He? We read of no prayer meetings, no vigils, and no intercession. All was well and no one was concerned until the church was devastated by the dreadful news: James was executed at the hands of the wicked ruler. Complacency is among the most dangerous enemies of the believer because it is so easy to fall into and very difficult to detect in our own lives before we are rudely awakened.
In Acts 24, Fr. Mike notes how Felix remained unmoved by Paul's teaching despite being compelled by it initially, showing us that unless we act on what we believe, there is no change. As we begin reading St.Paul's letter to the Galatians today, Fr. Mike highlights Paul's explanation of the role of Jewish law in the Age of the Church, clarifying that through baptism, we are all one in Christ and heirs to the promises of the Father regardless of our backgrounds. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
In Acts 22, Paul's testimony falls on hostile Roman ears, and he narrowly escapes scourging by way of his Roman citizenship. Reflecting on this incident, Fr. Mike reminds us that God uses Paul's past to further his ministry, and that God does the same with each of us, today. Commenting on today's readings from 2 Corinthians, Fr. Mike highlights that we are called to be cheerful givers and disciplined thinkers. He also points out that, as Paul reminds us, the most important ministry credential is to be called by God and equipped by his grace. Today's readings are Acts 22, 2 Corinthians 9-11, and Proverbs 29:5-7. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Hosts: Dan Winkler and Robert Hatfield | Released Tuesday, December 6, 2022 In Acts 12 the first of the Twelve is martyred: James, the son of Zebedee (John’s brother). Peter is imprisoned, presumably to be killed, as well. But outside the prison, in the home of Mary the mother of John Mark, the church is […]
Hosts: Dan Winkler and Robert Hatfield | Released Tuesday, December 6, 2022 In Acts 12 the first of the Twelve is martyred: James, the son of Zebedee (John’s brother). Peter is imprisoned, presumably to be killed, as well. But outside the prison, in the home of Mary the mother of John Mark, the church is […]
In Acts chapter 21 as Paul is arrested, we are presented with the question, am I willing to follow Jesus no matter what - even when the culture is fully against us? When the people of Jesus follow the way of Jesus, their stories will begin to look like His story, which is beautiful, but it also comes with a cost.
To circumcise or not to circumcise? How you understand (or don't understand) circumcision affects how you understand much of the New Testament. In Acts 15, the question is not actually about circumcision. The question is: how can Gentiles join the family of God? The answer is: Through Jesus and as Gentiles. Watch as Matt guides us the the complicated history of circumcision and conversion.Link here: https://subspla.sh/3s8wn3z- More on the Restoration app! -Apple Store: https://rb.gy/kgbnwqGoogle Play: https://rb.gy/wz74bm#restorationseattle #Jewish #messianic #shabbatshalom #jewishinseattle #thehappyrabbi #seattle
The prophetic has taken some big hits in this last season, but the true goal of the prophetic is to restore our hearts to one another, to each other and to the Father. Many in our current Pentecostal and charismatic world see the prophetic as one dimensional - to receive the word of the Lord for revival. I believe it's also for the cultivation of the atmosphere of heaven on earth through Upperoom cultures of worship and prayer that are not afraid of discipleship and the fire of God. It is to build heart culture that is edifying and comforting to even the most traumatised heart. So many leaders have thrown the prophetic out because of the fire it brings. It is true prophets go through many fires but it's so we can come out more in love with Jesus. It's so we can be pure and dedicated to hearing the word of the Lord.In Acts 3 we see a blueprint for an open heaven culture that is established through the culture of repentance, restoration healing, and then times of refreshing will flow. Heart prophets call us to a deeper discipleship and healing, alongside revival prophets. Both type of prophets speak life and freedom. Neither is more important than the other, but the heart prophet is like a divine physician who brings the healing voice of God closer to the heart. God is raising up an army of anointed heart prophets and heart specialists who bring waves of healing upon communities.
On today's Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/30/22), Hank describes the conflict between the materialistic and naturalistic worldviews and the worldview of the Intelligent Design movement.Hank also answers the following questions:What does it mean that Jesus will come back? Will I see Him on the streets? In Acts 21 James and the elders instruct Paul to sacrifice in the Temple. Doesn't this nullify the sacrificial work of Christ?Does anyone actually know who Melchizedek really is?
For additional notes and resources check out Douglas' website.The Day of the LordThey were not prepared to meet their God (4:12)! And yet they longed for the Day of the Lord, which would be their undoing. Amos is correcting a misconception (Day of Lord) probably developed at Bethel (5:5-6, 7:13).“In fleeing from the lion of the present, such persons will bump into the bear of the future” (Craigie 164).As mentioned earlier, lions inhabited Palestine until about 1300 AD.Bears (2 Samuel 17:8, Proverbs 17:12, Hosea 13:8) survived until the beginning of the 20th century.“The desperate, more detailed pictures of the Day in the prophets (e.g. Is. 13:6-16; Joel 2:1-2, 30-31; Zp. 1:7-16) take their dark colours from Amos' palette” (Hubbard 180).Yet why the stern, dark, severe, judgment?The Lord's demand for righteousness“I cannot stand” || Revelation 3:16. God will no longer take any pleasure in aroma of their sacrifices, which is sickening, not pleasing.Sacrifice without obedience is meaningless ritual (1 Samuel 15:22-23, Psalm 51:16-17, Isaiah 1:10-17, Hosea 6:6, Micah 6:6-8, Jeremiah 7:21-26, Malachi 1:6-14).These were not "solemn assemblies," but noisy festivals. Archaeologists have discovered in Egypt evidence of harps (v.23; see Psalm 33:2) of 10+ strings. Some stood 10-12' high!The best-known verse in Amos is v.24.Righteousness mustn't just stop and start like a desert stream (wadi); it must be consistent, continuous.God's people should be righteous all the time, not just on special occasions.Justice is one of the fundamental attributes of God.Exile is certain!Concerning the "good old days," Israel exhibited general devotion, despite periods of complaint, rebellions, especially in contrast to the present corruption, which make the earlier era appear more righteous. Jeremiah 2:2-3 and Hosea 2:14-15 also look back on those days of relative devotion.Israel will be sent into exile, the ultimate punishment for the covenant people of God.Loss of land, loss of sovereignty, state of being cursed.Opposite of Abrahamic promises (Genesis 12): land, statehood, blessing.ApplicationDon't get caught up in end-time speculations. The day of the Lord is doomsday (doom = judgment in older English). For most this will not be a time of rejoicing. We can only be ready by living right (walking justly -- see also Micah 6:8). For more on this, listen to the audio series Revelation and the End of the World, and also hear the podcasts in the Last Things category.We must be careful not to equate noise and exertion with true zeal. Religion can never take the place of righteousness.There are times for self-reflection, and even for corporate reflection. Yet it is much easier to feel safe in the group. That's why the trumpet blast is so vital; that's why the roar of the lion has a chance to shock us, to bring us back to spiritual reality.I should be praying for the Lord to develop in me a strong sense of social justice. For we will be judged on the basis of our faithfulness to our mission, which is two-pronged: help the poor (Matthew 25) and preach the word (Matthew 28). Neither one of them is optional.AdvancedDark / light (v.20) refer to danger/safety; there are no necessary moral overtones.Does 5:25 suggest the possibility that Israel didn't bring sacrifices in the wilderness? (There is little mention of the sacrificial system in the days of the Tabernacle.) In his speech in Acts 7, Stephen embellishes – changing "beyond Damascus" to "beyond Babylon," thus adapting the passage to the reality of Israel's history.In Acts 15, "the remnant of Edom" has been modified to "the rest of mankind" (citing the LXX). This change enhances the theme of the universalization of the church.Two NT citations of Amos 5:25-27 cited quoted in Acts 7:42-43, and 9:11-12 in Acts 15:16-17.The same two passages quoted in the NT (5:25-27 and 9:11-12) are also cited in the DSS: CD 7:14-15 and CD 7:16, 4QFlor 1:12 respectively.In v.26, two Assyrian astral deities are mentioned, Kaiwan and Sakkuth. The Hebrew vowels have been deliberately changed to heighten the seriousness of the charge of idolatry.
What compels Christians to be courageous in the face of life's storms? In Acts 27, were it not for the courage of Paul, all the prisoners and soldiers aboard his ship would have been lost. In this message, we nail down three applications for facing our storms. The One who conquered death is with us in the storm. This month's special offer is available for a donation of any amount. Get yours at offerrtw.com or call us at 1-800-215-5001.
In Acts 3, Peter used God's gift of healing to allow God to restore a lame man. Fr. Mike reminds us that God gives us gifts so he can be known in the world and all great miracles are attributed to the name of Jesus. Fr. Mike also tells us why our suffering matters, and how God wastes nothing. Today's readings are Acts 3, Romans 4-5, and Proverbs 27:1-3. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
[00:30] FTX Fiasco (28 minutes) More condemning details are coming out about the FTX cryptocurrency scam. Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of the shady company, was the second-largest donor to Joe Biden during the 2020 election and to Democrats in this year's midterm elections. He used money invested in the company to fund Democrats, as well as to pay off news sources and cryptocurrency regulators. One $7 million transaction on the company's balance sheet was simply labeled “TRUMPLOSE.” When the company filed for bankruptcy, billions of American investors' dollars disappeared. Trumpet writer Richard Palmer explains this complex scandal in an interview on today's program and in last night's Trumpet Brief, “FTX: Are America's Democrats Behind the Scam of the Century?” [28:50] The Pause in the Trump Presidency (11 minutes) Now that Republicans have won the House, the New York Times reports that Democrats are pouring money into “a multimillion-dollar counteroffensive” in preparation for investigations into the Biden administration. During his announcement on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump talked about the resistance he would face from this “tidal wave of dark money” and stated that the “pause” in his presidency exposes how much damage the Biden administration has done to the country. [40:00] A Man After God's Heart (15 minutes) In Acts 13:22, God calls King David “a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.” David knew his relationship with God was his most important task in life. To develop a heart like God's, we too must put God first in every aspect of our lives.