Delivering Difficult Messages (Acts 16:4-5)

The temptation to avoid difficult topics is always there for preachers. As social creatures we are fearful that delivering the whole message of Holy Writ will cause us to be ostracized, excommunicated, ridiculed, reviled, and perhaps even executed. “If I say these things the church will not like me anymore.” But the record of Luke […]

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Missions and Irreconcilable Differences (Acts 15:36-41)

Introduction Some days have passed (Μετὰ δέ τινας ἡμέρας) since the conflict concerning circumcision was resolved with a word from Jerusalem (Acts 15:30-31). The contention was settled with a letter from leadership delivered by four men: Barsabas, Silas, Barnabas, and Paul. The former two, Barsabas and Silas, are leading men from among the disciples of […]

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The Truth, The Whole Truth – Putting Persecution in Perspective (Acts 14:21-22)

21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:21–22, NKJV) It is utter nonsense […]

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