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Thoughts for the Day

Can't Buy a Gift

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Can’t Buy a Gift Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Acts 8:20-21 I don’t blame the magician, Simon, for offering...

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Tags: faith, grace, surrender

Freedom Thought

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” Acts...

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Tags: freedom, gratitude, responsibility

That's Impressive!

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. Acts 8:5-6 We worship a God of action. God is a lot more than talk. So Philip tells people about Jesus, and in...

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Tags: action, jesus, jesús, love, power

What Did We Do Wrong?

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. Acts 8:1-2 We often see problems as punishment. In Acts 8 we see a “great...

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Tags: persecution, testimony

A Greater Reality

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7:59-60 That which we see happening around us is real, but there...

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Tags: blessing, faith, sight

God’s Amazing Salvation Puzzle

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. Acts 7:57-58 The people did not want to hear what Stephen had to...

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Tags: god's plan, history, salvation

peace in hte middle of the storm

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Acts 7:54-55 It did not matter what Stephen said that day, the mob was...

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Tags: faith, mercy, sin

Confronting Evil

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

(Stephen said,) "Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him." Acts 7:52 I just read an op. ed. piece this morning that condones incivility toward members of President...

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Tags: civility, injustice, justice

Who Serves Whom?

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Who Serves Whom “‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things?’ Acts 7:49-50 King David had once asked God for the privilege of building a...

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Tags: god's goodness, service

Easy to Say, "No!"

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us. “But our ancestors refused to obey him." Acts 7:38-39 After God’s people got out of Egypt, God spoke to Moses on Mt...

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Tags: sin, submission, trust

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