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An Encouraging Word

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message. Acts 15:30-31 Antioch was the first church established outside of Jerusalem and the first church to actively engage...

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Tags: encouragement, support, unity

We Apologize

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said. Acts 15:24 Some men from the BIG church had hurt and confused those in the mission congregation in Antioch. This letter was meant to be an apology for what those men had...

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Tags: confession, encouragement, grace

Don’t Make People Jump Through Hoops

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

(James said) “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” Acts 15:19 This leader in the church made a great summary as they considered how to handle a non-Jewish congregation entering the church. It was that they...

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Tags: church, diversity, entry

Remember the Plan

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord. Acts 15:16-17 This verse comes from James defending the ministry to Gentiles in...

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Tags: gospel plan, salvation for all

Good Reminder

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

A Good Reminder We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are. Acts 15:11 When Peter told the church leaders that those who were not Jewish were saved by God’s grace—not by becoming Jewish, he was also reminding them that they too were...

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Tags: grace, jesus, jesús, salvation

Leadership

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. Acts 15:7 Many were hesitant, even suspicious about gentiles in the church. In a religion proud for having...

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Tags: god's church, leadership

What is Needed?

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” Acts 15:1 Interesting, isn’t it? Barnabas and Saul planted a church in Antioch and “certain&rdquo...

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Tags: church, faith, jesus, jesús

Good News & GOOD NEWS!

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Good News & GOOD NEWS We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them. In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He...

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Tags: good news, grace, providence

Fickle Popularity

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. Acts 14:19 In a matter of hours the crowd went from worshipping Paul and Barnabas to stoning them. Why? All because a group of people from the church in...

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Tags: god, people, directoin

Let's Keep it Straight

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Acts 14:11 What they saw was Paul speaking and a man (who had not walked his entire life) was healed. In their minds that made Paul (and Barnabas) gods. They...

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Tags: pastors, power

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