A daily podcast each weekday sharing Biblical truth designed to help listeners find hope, meaning and fulfillment in life. Each weekday we will air a new episode that features a devotional grounded in our 10-10 principles.
Episode 454: What Does This Mean?
Throughout the book of Acts, various questions are asked of or by the apostles. Today we explore several of these questions and reflect on answers – those given in the text and those we might consider giving if these were asked by or of us. Questions are taken from Acts 1:6; Acts 1:10-11; Acts 2:7-8, 12; Acts 2:37; Acts 3:12; Acts 4:7; and Acts 4:15-16. Additional scriptures referenced include Jeremiah 23:1-8; Ezekiel 36:16-30; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Acts 1:7-8; 1 Corinthians 14:2, 13-15, 21-22; and Acts 26:10.
Episode 453: Philip the Evangelist
There are four different men named Philip mentioned in the Bible. Phillip was the name of two of King Herod the Great’s sons by different wives (Luke 3:1 and Matthew 14:3). The other two Philips in the Bible were servants of Christ and instrumental in the early church: Philip the disciple and apostle of Christ, and Philip the evangelist. We explore the life of the evangelist and lessons we can learn from that life.
Additional scriptures referenced include John 1:43-44; John 12:20-22; John 6:7; John 14:8-9; Acts 1:13; Acts 6:5; Acts 8:5-15, 26-40; John 4:1-26; Esther 1:10; Esther 4:4; Daniel 1:9; Isaiah 53:7-8; Romans 10:14; and Acts 21:8-9.
Episode 452: To the Ends of the Earth
In Jesus’ farewell message to his disciples before the Ascension, He says this in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And within days, these disciples began to follow through on this charge.
In today’s top ten list, we identify ten places to which the gospel was taken by the disciples. These include Joppa in Judea, Caesarea in Samaria, and other parts of the Roman Empire from Macedonia to Syria to Asia Minor. Additional scriptures referenced include Acts 9:32-43; Acts 8:1, 40; Acts 6:1-7; Acts 13:14-51; Mark 6:11; Acts 9:1–25; 22:6–21; 26:12–18; 2 Corinthians 11:32, 33; Acts 28:1-10; Acts 20:7-12; Acts 14:1-15; and Acts 17:10-13.
Episode 451: The Cracked Pot
The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:7, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.” He adds in 2 Corinthians 12:9, ”And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’” Throughout the book of Acts, we see God using flawed, fallible human beings to spread the gospel. If He can use them, He can use us.
Additional scriptures referenced include 2 Corinthians 12:7; Acts 3:6; and Acts 4:13
Episode 450: You Will Be My Witnesses
We explore what we know about the name of the book: Acts of the Apostles, its author, and its most important themes. The story of Acts really begins with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Peter’s dramatic sermon; the result is a flame that spreads all across the Roman Empire. After the church is planted in Jerusalem, the believers are spiritually empowered and guided from there into “Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). This, in a nutshell, is the entire theme of Acts.
Additional scriptures referenced include Revelation 21:14; Matthew 10:2; Mark 3:14; Luke 6:13; John 6:71; Acts 6:2; 1 Corinthians 15:5; Ephesians 2:20; Luke 1:1-4; Matthew 28:18-20; and Mark 16:15-18.
Episode 449: Earnest Prayer
The book of Acts is, in many ways, a blueprint of how to “do church.” Prayer is an excellent example. Prayer is mentioned in one form or another 10 times in Matthew, 12 times in Mark, and 5 times in John. But Luke mentions it 19 times in his gospel and 32 times in Acts. God acts in response to His people’s prayers. We explore who prays, for what purpose, and with what result in the book of Acts.