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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

Need Some More Shalom

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

After spending some time there, they were sent off by the believers with the blessing of peace to return to those who had sent them. Acts 15:33 Shalom was the traditional greeting and their way of saying “good-bye” as well for the Jewish people. Yet, it was more than that...

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Tags: peace, unity

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

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