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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

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

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