Romans 2

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Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

– Romans 2:4

The mercy, grace, goodness, and patience of God is rich. This is why the message of salvation is called “Gospel.” It truly is good news. Often we lead with God’s justice, wrath, and judgment. I understand the inclination. We want to give the bad news, before we bring in the good. But make sure you never fail to bring in the good news of the Gospel. It is God’s goodness that leads to repentance.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Romans 1

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For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

– Romans 1:16

It seems obvious that this would be the most logical verse to chose for Romans 1. It’s clearly an important key verse for the Book, and both a reminder and challenge to us, today.

Are you ashamed of the Gospel? Are you afraid or embarrassed to speak up and share it? Does the thought of proclaiming it cause you anxiety? If so, I want to encourage you to pray for boldness. That’s what the early followers of Jesus did. And as they did, God answered by providing supernatural power by His Spirit.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Acts 28

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Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.

– Acts 28:30-31

I’m blessed that the Book of Acts doesn’t really have an “ending.” It doesn’t say, “The End.” It doesn’t have a clear conclusion. The book feels as though it stops mid-thought. Which means, the Acts of the Apostles (or really the “Acts of God, by His Spirit, through His church”) continues today.

If you are a follower of Jesus, then your life is a continuation of the Book of Acts. What does God want to do in and through you this week?

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 27

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But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss.

– Acts 27:21

I think this is one of my favorite pieces of humor from the Scriptures. This is a full on Apostolic “I Told You So!”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Acts 26

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“Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead?

– Acts 26:8

If you are willing to grant that there is a God, and He is the God who created everything that exists, then why should it be thought incredible that He could raise the dead? If God is the God of Genesis (i.e. the Creator) then it is not implausible or impractical that He raises the dead.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Acts 25

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“For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.”

– Acts 25:11

Paul knew his rights under Roman law, and he used them wisely. I think it is right that we do the same, when situations arise that we must. Most specifically I think it is important that we (speaking primarily to American Christians) exercise our right to free speech to boldly proclaim the good news of the Gospel. Do not be ashamed to do so.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Acts 24

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“This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.

– Acts 24:16

Because of Paul’s faith in God, and hope for an ultimate resurrection, he made it his aim to act in a manner consistent with that belief. This is important and instructive.

If we truly believe—as we assert that we do—that God is, and that we will one day stand before Him in His presence, then that faith will drastically transform the way in which we live. But if the way we live is not transformed, it is only right to question whether or not our ‘faith’ is genuine. This is ultimately why James would write, “Faith, if it does not have works, is dead.”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Acts 23

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But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!”

And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided. For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection—and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both. Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes of the Pharisees’ party arose and protested, saying, “We find no evil in this man; but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God.”

– Acts 23:6-9

Sometimes the wisest thing to do is to look for an easy exit. Paul knew full well that there was no hope—in this situation—for a fair, unbiased hearing. So he made the wise decision to find the nearest offramp.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Acts 22

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“Then He said to me, ‘Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.’ ”

And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit to live!”

– Acts 22:21-22

There was an ethnic animosity on the part of the hyper-religious Jews in Paul’s day that hindered them from the purpose for which God had called them. We need to make sure we do not harbor the same hatred toward people or groups in our day. “For God so loved the world…”

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Acts 21

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Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

– Acts 21:13

This is devotion to God at the deepest level. This is not a devotion that is not manufactured at will. This is devotion in response to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. And it is a devotion that is not unique to the Apostle Paul.

The last two thousand years of church history reveal many people who, in response to the redemptive grace of Christ, have devoted themselves to the cause and Kingdom of Christ in the same manner as Paul.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon