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Praise God, Even When . . .

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison. . . . About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:23, 25 I’m not sure how I would have responded to a “severe flogging.” I...

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Tags: joy, persecution, praise

Could They Charge Me?

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” Acts 16:20-21 Paul and Silas were charged with starting a riot. They didn’t, but they did get...

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Tags: christian witness, faith life

Two Sides—Two Sources of Power

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. . . . Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that...

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Tags: jesus, jesús, spiritual forces, spiritual warfare

Just Say, "Thank You!"

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us. Acts 15:16 They had shown Lydia respect. They had given her their time and...

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Tags: gifts, giving, gratitude

No Pressure

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. Acts 16:14 The team went to Philippi, sat down with the women washing clothes at the river and told them of Jesus. That was on them. It was Jesus who opened the heart of one of those women, Lydia, to believe. That is on God.It has...

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Tags: conversion, faith, gospel

Does God Speak to You?

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Acts 16:9 I have always been warned about messages from God that might not be messages from God. God speaks to us through the Bible, but dreams may just come from...

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Tags: direction, god's voice, prayer

When God Says, "No."

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. Acts 16:6 Paul had his own itinerary. It was to go to certain places and tell people about Jesus. It was a good plan, but God said...

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Tags: plans, providence

Removing Barriers

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who...

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Tags: change, good news, witnessing

God Can Use Conflict

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. Acts 15:39-40 Paul and Barnabas had been partners on the first missionary trip. Barnabas had been...

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Tags: church, division, growth

More Than a Job

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Acts 15:36 I have talked to many people in many places who still hold a special place in my heart. Names like Debbie...

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Tags: faith, family, jesus, jesús

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