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History--His Story--Our Story

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

“Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran. ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’” Acts 7:2-3 Stephen was...

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Tags: history, salvation story

I Want That Look

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

They produced false witnesses, who testified . . . All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel. Acts 6:13,15 They say there are things a person does when they lie. I don’t know what they are, but one can look...

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Tags: faith, spirituality, truth

Lies Need Help—Truth Stands On Its Own

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

They stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. Acts 6:12 Stephen was arrested because others were jealous of him. The problem is that being good is not a crime. It takes lies to bring down a good person and that...

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Tags: jealousy, lies, truth

Good Conflict?

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. Opposition arose, however . . . Acts 6:8-9a Martin Luther once said that opposition from people was a sign he was on the right path. Stephen was a man “full of God’s grace and...

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Tags: conflict, faithful, spirit

Full Service Church

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:3-4 A complaint is filed about food distribution (playing...

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Tags: body of christ, ministry, servanthood

Uh-Oh, There are Problems

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. Acts 6:1 It is foolish to think the early church had no problems. There are problems in...

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Tags: cliques, division, fear, unity

Honored

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:41-42 I am honored to be...

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Tags: honor, joy, persecution

Watch Your Step

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

They were furious and wanted to put them to death. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin . . . “In the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human...

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Tags: action, faith

It's Not About Me

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Not About Me During the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” Acts 5:19-20 I judge so many things God does according to how they help me...

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Tags: freedom, god's love, serving god

Nice Try!

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. Acts 5:18-19 The apostles were arrested because they proclaimed Jesus and did miracles in His name. Scary, huh? Not really, because God is...

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Tags: confidence, hope, persecution

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