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Wow, that was a great sermon by Pastrix Oprah this morning. I wasn’t aware that I could be such a great global citizen by changing to the new, energy efficient light bulbs…
Hey Dude, if you think I look weird or if you refuse to allow me to deviate from societal norms or if you have the audacity to expect me to live with the results of my reckless behavior, then you are obviously a narrow-minded, bigoted, hate-monger.
Afterall, I should be able to ruin my life and expect you to take the blame & pay to have the pieces put back in place. It is your fair share…
I read about a bru ha ha recently in the blog world where an official from a religious magazine had chided bloggers and blogging in general for constantly pointing out what they perceive to be error in belief in the Christian community.
About a year ago, I also heard a famous liberal Christian author & speaker saying the same thing during a radio interview. Their points of view were so similar that one must be following the other’s lead or this must be the new plan in the liberal, left-wing religious community. It’s like they are saying, “Hey man, don’t point out my heresy as heresy. That’s mean-spirited and judgemental, dude.”
Like Rodney King (who was recently arrested, again…) said, “Can’t we all just get along?” It would be so much easier to get people to drift from the truth if folks with discernment and Bible knowledge would keep quiet…
If you are wondering whether you should keep quiet or stand for the truth, be reminded of what the Bible teaches concerning truth, error, and the incompatibility of the two. Where can you find this in the Bible? The Old & New Testaments…
Sarcasm aside, look closely at what the Bible teaches about worldliness and whether God wants it incorporated into His church. Every book of the New Testament deals with this in some form except for maybe Philemon.
Read, Pray, Discern, Expose. Afterall, there is no other way to truly love your family and neighbors than to be honest with them.
Notice in verse 19 how believers had scattered to far away places as a result of the persecution that arose concerning Stephen’s ministry. Notice particularly that despite Stephen being killed by the Jewish religious leaders, the spreading of the good news of Jesus continued and increased! The scattering of some resulted in the Gospel being taught in new and different places. The work of God had not been halted, it had increased!
Notice also in verse 20 how it was the Lord Jesus that was being preached to the locals. It was not felt-needs, pop psychology, how to improve your sex life, prosperity now, or any other such madness. They were preaching the Lord Jesus. The result was that the hand of the Lord was with them and a great number believed and turned to the Lord (verse 21).
This is not the first time we have seen this formula (if we can call it that). The disciples of Jesus took His message to people and the Lord’s hand blessed this activity resulting in many believing and being saved. Wow, so simple yet so profound…why is this so hard to understand? Why do so many today put on entertainment extravaganzas each week to entertain men producing little if any lasting changes in their lives and call it ministry?
The book of Acts makes it amazingly simple and easy to understand. Faithful men preach the Lord Jesus to unbelievers. God blesses this activity. Many believe and are changed. Any questions?
After Peter returned to Jerusalem, he was confronted by the other apostles and brothers in Christ. They were probably partially in shock that the Holy Spirit had fallen upon gentiles and that Peter had gone in and stayed with gentiles for fellowship. Traditions and customs run deep. Some of the jewish believers may have understood how a gentile could be saved but equal in Christ with jews…? No way!
The Bible says all men come from Adam. We are all related when to you go back far enough. Still, mankind is ‘determined to segregate based upon myriads of reasons. Peter carefully explained how God had shown him not to call unclean what God had cleansed. Notice verse 18. Once Peter explained what had happened in total, the others said, “Well, OK then” (my paraphrase). Actually scripture says that they glorified God and said He had also granted repentance unto life to the gentiles.
I’m sure they were amazed but notice that they dropped their traditions and prejudice. Peter told them what had happened and they adjusted their course accordingly.
We should be ready to do the same. We carry a toolkit full of traditions and prejudices every day. Reading the Bible will disarm these in our lives. When we read what the Bible says, we should drop our traditions and fall in line with scripture. All men come from Adam. God has considered all men cleansed as far the opportunity to be saved in Christ Jesus. Those whom God will save is not known to us. We must reach out to ALL with the Gospel.
When we (Americans) see TV images of people in Haiti, Africa, American poverty areas, third-world countries, and etc, how do we react? Hopefully with compassion. What did we do to deserve God’s blessing of prosperity? Nothing. God bestowed it. Let’s use what God has given us for His glory. How much do we really need that fancy dinner and movie this weekend? Could we donate the money we would have spent to a worthy cause? You answer this question…
Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 10:24-48
Last time, we saw the messengers of Cornelius arrive in Joppa to find Peter. Cornelius had seen a vision where an angel told him to send for Peter and where to find him. Much is happening here. A Roman Centurion and a gentile is being saved. This is huge! God is saving a man who is functioning inside a corrupt political/military government and a pagan gentile culture. And not only that, God is teaching Jewish Christians an unbelievable truth about God’s plan: Gentiles will be saved and will be equal to Jews in God’s kingdom! Unheard of and unbelievable!
I am using John MacArthur’s commentary on Acts for guidance in this study. MacArthur notes that a milestone in the Church’s history is reached when the two worlds collide. Peter and six of his fellow Jewish believers are going to see the unseeable, learn the unknowable and experience the unbelievable.
Cornelius had not been sitting around buffing his nails while his servants were gone to fetch Peter. He had prepared a gathering of friends and relatives. Why? To hear what Peter would tell them.
Cornelius obviously valued what Peter would tell him and his relatives upon arrival. After all, Peter was the leader of the Church. He was the top guy in God’s blossoming group of believers in Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself had announced to Peter his responsibility for leadership of the group. And this guy was coming to see Cornelius!
This was not a political power display however. Cornelius was not trying to impress his friends. He had called everyone together because he expected Peter to tell them something important from God. Afterall, an angel had told him to send for Peter. Cornelius wanted his family and friends to benefit from knowing God. Anyone who knows God should have the desire for others to know as well. Cornelius was in the process of moving from death to life. His concern for others is a proof of this occurence.
God was doing the work of transformation in Cornelius. This conversion would likely cost Cornelius his life as the Romans were not charitable toward the Jews and certainly not toward the Christians. Roman soldiers were killed if they ever got out of line with the rules and regs of military operation. Cornelius would either have to leave the Roman territory or die. However, this is apparently not a concern for him. It is not even mentioned in the text! The important thing to keep in mind is that God is saving his soul! This is far more important than preserving his temporary condition.
This truth must have entered his mind prior to inviting his friends and relatives over to hear Peter speak. He was caught in a paradox that many would experience and still face today. He chose to expose the others to eternal salvation even though it could cost them their lives. Cornelius had everything in proper perspective.
In Mark 8, Jesus addresses this very issue. He compares to outcomes of preserving one’s life now versus giving one’s life away for the sake of Christ and the Gospel. Cornelius made the correct choice. What choice will you make?