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Thoughts for the Day

Waiting for God

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. Acts 7:25 This is the first day of summer. I thought it would never get here. I can be impatient at times. So was Moses. He thought God wanted him to help his people who were slaves in...

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Tags: god's timing, patience

Help is not a long time coming

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Acts 7:34 I praise God as He has provided healing to several for whom we have been praying lately, and yet yesterday we buried a dear sister in Christ whose cancer He did...

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Tags: god's presence, grace, peace

God's Crazy Promises

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

God spoke to him in this way: ‘For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,’ God said, ‘and afterward they will come out of that country and...

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Tags: faith, love, surprises

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

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