Year: 2017

The Diaspora: Acts 8

1. “And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. Those who had been scattered pre ...[Read More]

Ananias and Sapphira

Acts 4:32 – 5:11 4:32: All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned l ...[Read More]

Do Not Fear What They Fear: Acts 3-4

There are very few days when I come home and tell Carol that the whole world changed for me. However, there are some when you realize how routine and normal the day began and how a report from a doctor, a decision at work, an accident, news from a child, or any number of things has made this day forever different. That is how I imagine Peter and John sitting in prison and reflecting on the evening ...[Read More]

Pentecost: Acts 2

1.  The lesson for this morning is Acts 2 and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. It’s difficult to understand the meaning of Pentecost (Greek for 50th day) unless we look first at the chapter that precedes it. What is the context of the 50th day? While there were a number of feasts and festivals in the life of Jews, there were three main solemn feasts in Jewish life for which every adult ...[Read More]

The Sabbath: Leviticus 25

1.  Steven Covey coined a phrase, “Begin with the end in mind” and I think that applies to the Sabbath this morning. What was in God’s mind when he spoke to the children of Israel about a day of rest? Was there something more than a day of rest in His mind? I think there was. I think that end is to be found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Ephesians 2:8: “For it is by grace you have been saved t ...[Read More]

Leviticus 10: 8-15

In so many ways, Leviticus is the book of priesthood. We are not all prophets or kings but, according to Peter, we are a kingdom of priests. Israel was declared by God to be a kingdom of priests, a peculiar people, His own possession, a light to the Gentiles, a holy people all throughout the Old Testament. He is not talking about our doctrine of the priesthood of all believers but the role of the ...[Read More]

Leviticus 5

1.  Try to imagine losing the Constitution. Every copy of it disappears along with the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Amendments. There would be some phrases people would remember for a time like “We hold these Truths to be self evident that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, an ...[Read More]

The Tabernacle: Exodus 35-36

This is our final lesson in Exodus and it’s about the building of the tabernacle. I like that it is the account of the people giving to build it. Kings built grand temples but it is people that build the tabernacle. The tabernacle is beautiful but not so much so that it cannot be moved as the people are guided by God through the remainder of their time in the wilderness. It is built with stunning ...[Read More]

Aaron and Moses

1. This morning we are looking at someone who is often overlooked because he falls in the shadow of his brother. We meet Aaron early in the book of Exodus when the Lord speaks to him and tells him to go into the desert to meet Moses. They have not seen each other in 40 years and for both of them this is an extraordinary reunion. From that moment on until he dies 40 years later this is a partnershi ...[Read More]

The Levites

In Exodus 20 and 24 we read about God calling Moses to the top of Mt. Sinai where he is given the tablets of stone with the law and the commandments. During the forty days and nights on the mountain is given not only the tablets but the Lord gives him a tutorial on the commands that are attached to the law. It is not enough to simply have the Ten Commandments but they are also to follow other rule ...[Read More]