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Who Ya Gonna Listen To? – Acts 4:19-20

Early in the life of the church, Peter and John are brought before the religious leaders of Israel, who also doubled as the political leaders under Roman rule.  The problem is that Peter and John has been teaching the people about Jesus, something that the religious leaders took great offense with.  And during this hearing, Peter and John are forbidden to publicly speak about Jesus.  While the parallels with today and not exact, it is becoming more challenging to freely share about Jesus out in the community and the workplace.  And I believe Peter and John’s response to the religious/civil …

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Jesus, Lord and Christ – Acts 2:36

Who is Jesus?  If you were to ask a sampling of your non-church friends this question you would get a variety of answers, ranging from myth, to good teacher, to God.  But more important, who is he to you?  When Jesus asks his disciples this question, Peter quickly responds with “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  Peter later reaffirms this declaration at Pentecost, when the church explodes with the coming of the Holy Spirit.  During his inaugural sermon Peter declares: “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, …

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Doing Church, an Old Look – Acts 2:42-47

There is a passage in the book of Acts that I have been drawn to recently.  This passage describes the life of the church in the earliest days after Pentecost.  And I am wondering if maybe what worked for them might not also work in the church today, should we be daring enough to break from our traditions and follow what appeared to be a very successful model. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe and many wonders and signs were done …

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