Monthly Archives: January 2011

Suffering

Must we have suffering?  If we wish to grow, we must have growing pains.  those who avoid interpersonal and intrapersonal conflict do not grow.  For the church, there will always be conflict as long as people stand up and boldly … Continue reading

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No Lone Rangers

There are few lone rangers in the book of Acts.  When Peter performs a miracle in te temple, it is Peter and John who are working together.  Paul works in teams and the church in jerusalem is obviously a group … Continue reading

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What Makes a Church

The verses that I have read today answer the question, “What makes a church?”  The apostles’ teaching would have been concerning Jesus and the truths about him taught in the scriptures.  This translates to our churches needing to teach about Jesus … Continue reading

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Gospel Message

Peter uses an opportune moment to preach the gospel.  Those who listen to him wonder at the behaviour of the disciples and Peter starts by addressing their inquiry.  The accusations of drunkenness are turned to one side and then Peter tells … Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit

I have grown up with a very distant relationship with the Holy Spirit.  At least it seems that way when I try to think of how much I talk to or of the Holy Spirit.  As far as I understand … Continue reading

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Genesis 25-36

Jacob was a rogue.  A bounder.  A Cad.  I think that is why I like him so much..  The story of his spiritual growth is so encouraging because it doesn’t depend on him as much as upon God.  That much … Continue reading

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Prayer Before Action

Early in the book of Acts the role of prayer is emphasized.  In this passage prayer comes as the disciples wait for a major decision.  Whenever a group or an individual has an important decision to make it is good … Continue reading

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