Acts 14

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Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.

– Acts 14:19

More than a decade before this, Paul (then Saul) had presided over the stoning death of Stephen. Now he was on the receiving end. It is truly amazing to consider the transformation that took place in his life to bring him to this point. He had been one of the chief persecutors of the church, and now he was one its chief preachers. And now the persecutor, turned preacher, had become the persecuted.

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Acts 13

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But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent to them, saying, “Men and brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.”

Then Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:

– Acts 13:14-16

I can only imagine that the men of the synagogue in Antioch of Pisidia would have been very interested to hear from a Pharisee, a student of Gamaliel, from Jerusalem. And no doubt Paul would love and welcome an invitation such as this.

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Acts 12

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Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

– Acts 12:1-2

It is interesting to me that James was the first of the Apostles to die in service to the Lord, and John (his brother) was the last of the Apostles to die. Perhaps there is no significance to it, but it is interesting. Additionally it is interesting that something (seemingly) as momentous as the martyrdom of one of the Apostles would be worthy of more than a simple statement in one sentence. But then perhaps we make more of a big deal of death than we should.

Don’t misunderstand, I’m not making light of death. But if we believe as we say we believe, then death really is a ‘change of address.’ One second we’re here, and the next we’re in eternity.

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 11

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Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea.

– Acts 11:29

Many times we are compelled by the needs we see to give. At those times we sometimes feel guilty that we cannot or do not give more. But this verse is a simple reminder that we give “each according to ability.” Give what you can give, and rejoice that you have something to offer.

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Acts 10

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But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man.”

– Acts 10:26

The Apostles were a very unique, and in many ways, special group. But they knew full well that they were mere men, and maintained that humble mindset. We too must seek to maintain the same, and must always remember the wise saying, “The best of men are men at best.”

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 9

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And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

– Acts 9:5

Every time I read Acts 9 I find myself stopping at this verse and wondering, “What went through the mind of Saul when he heard the words, “I am Jesus…” I imagine that his heart skipped a beat or two, as he encountered a very real existential crisis.

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 8

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“Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

– Acts 8:22

This is one of the very striking stories of the Book of Acts, and Peter’s swift action to deal with it reveals the way in which we must respond to the prospect of unrighteousness coming in to God’s work, the church. Also in this passage it is very clearly presented that wherever God is working mightily, the enemy is seeking to disrupt and derail His purpose.

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 7

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But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”

– Acts 7:55-56

Though it would not be appropriate to take this to mean that Jesus stands at all times to receive His witnesses (martyrs) into His presence, it certainly is a beautiful picture that Stephen (the first recorded Christian martyr) was welcomed into heaven by our Lord “standing at the right hand of God.”

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Acts 6

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Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

– Acts 6:7

When God’s people do God’s work in God’s way, this is the result. We must always be seeking the Lord for His wisdom to do those things that are (first and foremost) pleasing to Him, and according to His plan.

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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 5

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“Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”

– Acts 5:20

As at the earliest days of the church, what is needed in our day is bold witnesses to stand before the people in the ‘temples’ of our day, to speak “all the words of this life.”

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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