Do the Next Right Thing

Do the Next Right Thing

“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:44-47 The early church was full of God’s fire. So great was the momentum that the believers were coming together regularly to pray and worship. They were selling their possessions and giving to everyone as they had a need. I know I’ve never been part of a church like that. It sounds amazing, but it also sounds scary and foreign to those of us living in the individualistic Western world.  While I don’t necessarily think the Church will

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You Are History

“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” – Isaiah 61:4 We learned yesterday that Queen Mary I, who has been designated “Bloody Mary,” reigned in terror and was determined to “cleanse” her country of the protestant faith that was propagated by her father, Henry VIII. However, in order to continue her conquest, she needed an heir. After a series of miscarriages and stillbirths, she was certain she had become pregnant, but what was actually growing in her stomach was a tumor. Before long, she passed away and her half-sister, Queen Elizabeth I, ascended to the throne. Interestingly, the new monarch was about as different from her predecessor as night and day. She re-established protestantantism in the nation and was tolerant of other faith practices, avoiding the systematic religious persecution propagated by her ancestors.

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Protected By the Cross

“Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.” – Acts 5:1,2 Yesterday, we talked about the early church and the incredible atmosphere of faith that permeated the lives of the believers as the Gospel message was spreading. However, amidst their powerful unity of faith, something unexpected happened and the assembly was rattled. A husband and wife named Ananias and Sapphira joined the ranks of the gathered and began to worship with them. Keeping in step with the others, they sold a piece of property; however, they decided ahead of time to hold back a percentage of the profits. Unfortunately, that decision cost both of them their lives. Upon being called out by Peter, each of them lied

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Do the Next Right Thing

“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”  – Acts 2:44-47 The early church was full of God’s fire. Thousands of people were coming to faith every day and the Holy Spirit was being manifest in signs, wonders, and miracles. So great was the momentum that the believers were coming together day and night to pray and worship. Almost as if living in a commune, they were selling their possessions and giving to everyone as they had a need. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been

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