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Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 21

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Years earlier Paul left Jerusalem to persecute Christians, but on the Damascus road he encountered Christ and his life was forever changed. Paul returned to Jerusalem as the great missionary of the early church. In many ways Paul was a controversial figure. Followers of Christ loved him and received him, but those who rejected the Gospel hated Paul. Before going to Jerusalem many Spirit filled believers warned Paul that suffering awaited him, but Paul was determined to go. He said, “I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” At Jerusalem Paul was arrested and nearly beaten to death. The great missionary Paul is an example of how to suffer faithfully. After facing an angry mob and badly beaten, Paul only wanted to speak of Jesus. His resolve was to glorify Jesus Christ. We should never evaluate the success of our ministry by human standards. The great missionary Paul had been faithful but no warm welcome awaited him upon his return to Jerusalem. Homecoming for Paul would be when God called him home to glory.

Prayer: “Dear Jesus, may we care more about our character than our comfort. Give us the resolve to do your will like that of the Apostle Paul, even in the face of danger.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 20

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Several years ago I heard a sermon on Acts 20 entitled, “How to Resign a Church.” The sermon outlined Paul’s ministry at Ephesus. God used it to show me how to minister to His people. When Paul left the church at Ephesus he had given his all for the Lord. Paul’s ministry was marked by humble service. He shed many tears for the people in Ephesus and endured many trials in their behalf. Paul’s ministry was not only marked by humble service, but also by faithful preaching. He preached the whole counsel of God and did not leave anything out. He stood on God’s Word without compromise. Also, Paul was a compassionate soul-winner. He warned lost people and wept over them. Paul was relentless when it came to sharing the Gospel. He was willing to go anywhere, preach to anyone, and stay as long as needed. When Paul left the Ephesians they wept most of all for the words which he had spoken. The truth we stand for is far more important than the positions we hold. May we be missed most of all for the truth of God that is lived in us and through us!

Prayer: “Dear Father, May we live like Paul, love the lost like Paul, and may we leave like Paul. Help us to finish well. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 19

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Leonard Ravenhill once preached a sermon entitled, “Known in Hell.” He used Acts 19:15 as his text, “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Ravenhill presented an interesting challenge. Is there anything about my life that threatens hell? Am I a threat to the devil. Do demons even know who I am? Adrian Rogers once explained that when we see the devil attacking it is an occasion to rejoice because we must be doing something right. Paul was a threat to the devil because everywhere he went he spoke about the Gospel. Paul was a man who had experienced God’s grace and who loved Jesus. Paul was a man of faith and a man of prayer. He depended on the Holy Spirit and wherever he witnessed and spoke about God’s Word people were saved! Hell hated the Apostle Paul. If the devil doesn’t know you or isn’t bothering you, it may be that you aren’t doing anything rouse the hatred of hell.

Prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, may I live my life in such a way that I become a threat to the devil. Make us known in hell. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 16

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

A line in the hymn, “Send The Light” says,

“We have heard the Macedonian call today,
“Send the light! Send the light!”

What does it mean to have a Macedonian call? First, it means to be led by God’s Spirit. Paul and his companions were stopped by the Holy Spirit from going in the wrong direction. We are not told how God stopped them but only that the Spirit closed the door. Second, it means to go where God sends. Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia saying, “Come to Macedonia and help us.” The mission team understood that this meant they had been called to Macedonia, and the Bible says they “endeavored to go.” Third, it means to preach what God says. The mission team claimed that the Lord had called them to preach the Gospel to the Macedonians (verse 10). Fourth, the Macedonian call also means to reap what God gives. Whoever God saves and how many God saves is up to the Lord, not us. The Lord opened the heart of a wealthy woman named Lydia and she was saved and baptized. Next God delivered a slave girl, and then He saved a Philippian jailer. God did a great work! Fifth, we must suffer for the sake of the Gospel. Paul and Silas were mistreated and thrown in jail. At the darkest hour they prayed and sang praises to God. Revival broke out in the jail and God was glorified! Doors opened once again for them to heed the Macedonian call. Every believer has been given a Macedonian call. Have you heard the Macedonian call today?

Prayer: “Dear Lord, may we hear the Macedonian call and send the light. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Send The Light
There’s a call comes ringing o’er the restless wave,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save,
Send the light! Send the light!

Refrain:
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
Let it shine from shore to shore!
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
Let it shine forevermore!

We have heard the Macedonian call today,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
And a golden off’ring at the cross we lay,
Send the light! Send the light!

Let us pray that grace may everywhere abound,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
And a Christlike spirit everywhere be found,
Send the light! Send the light!

Let us not grow weary in the work of love,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
Let us gather jewels for a crown above,
Send the light! Send the light!

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Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 15

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

“Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solo Christo” Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone! As the Gospel first began to spread there was an attempt by the Enemy to distort the message. The Apostles and early church believers were defenders of the faith. They prevented the Gospel from being watered down by a works religion. Paul and Barnabas were among those who placed their own lives in danger to preach salvation by grace. Throughout history there have been many who have fought for the Gospel. Martin Luther struggled under the bondage of religion until God enlightened him with the truth, “the just shall live by faith.” Luther came to realize that all of His human effort was futile and that the only way to be saved was by God’s grace. Luther became a champion for the Gospel. On October 31, 1517 Luther nailed the ninety-five theses to the wall and risked his life for the sake of the Gospel. Luther’s passion for the Gospel of grace helped spark the Reformation. The Apostle Peter boldly stood on the Gospel of grace at a time when the church was tested. Peter said, “We believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved.” (Acts 15:11). Jesus is not a good way to heaven, He is the One and only Way to heaven.

Prayer: “Lord, give us courage to proclaim the Gospel of grace. Lead us to someone today that we may share Christ. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 13

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

A missionary is someone who goes somewhere to tell somebody about Jesus Christ. Every believer has been called to be a witness. Someone said, “There are only two kinds of people in the world; missionaries, or those who need one.” The early church accepted its mission of sharing Christ and making disciples. In essence every believer was a missionary. Through fasting and prayer the church at Antioch was led by the Holy Spirit and enabled to advance the Gospel. From Antioch God called Barnabas and Saul to a special work. They were set apart by the Holy Spirit and sent out by the church. It is interesting to note that this came about during an intense time of prayer and fasting. Acts 13:2-3 says, “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” It is very clear that the early church had a Gospel focus and that this is God’s pattern for His people. Our praying, giving, and going should reflect that we are a missional people. A church should never cut missions because missions is at the heart of God.

Prayer: “Dear Father, how exciting and thrilling it is for us to follow Christ and tell others about Your amazing plan of redemption. Give us a heart to reach the nations. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 12

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Intense pressure came to the early church during the height of their growth and missionary expansion. Some believers were put to death for the faith and others arrested or persecuted. It has been my observation that spiritual assaults usually come to those who are being used by God to advance the Gospel. The devil usually doesn’t bother those who are no threat to him. The early church was piercing the darkness with a powerful Gospel witness. They responded to spiritual attacks by turning to God in prayer. Acts 12:5 says, “prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God…” The church needed a miracle. They were in a very difficult situation. The Apostle James had been martyred and Peter had beed arrested and was awaiting the sentence of death. It is good to know that prayer knows no boundaries except that which lies outside of the will of God. Prison bars, Roman soldiers, and the king’s palace could not prevail against a praying church! No matter how difficult or dark your circumstances become, never underestimate the power of prayer. The spiritual battles of the early church were fought and won through prevailing prayer. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” What a great promise and assurance to God’s people today. He hears us when we pray.

Prayer: “Dear Lord, may we have confidence in prayer and may we boldly come before Your throne. May we be dedicated to prayer ministry, and also may we be united in prayer with our fellow believers. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 11

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Jesus is building a church. He said, “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Jesus not only formed the church but He fills it. He promised His followers that after His ascension He would send another Comforter. At Pentecost Jesus fulfilled that promise and the Holy Spirit came. The Spirit of God is advancing the Gospel and the church that Jesus formed and filled is now flourishing! The church at Jerusalem spread the Gospel to Antioch and there the grace of God fell upon them and many people were saved. Missions is at the heart of God and heaven is happy when people get saved! There is rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents. Whatever rejoices the heart of God should also thrill the hearts of God’s people. Our greatest joy should be to witness to others about our Savior Jesus Christ. Non believers mocked the new converts in Antioch by calling them Christians. Originally the title “Christian” was a term of criticism. God’s church was known to the world as “Jesus people”. May we preach so much Gospel and live such Gospel that the world will know us Jesus people!

Prayer: “Father, give us hearts that burn to share the Gospel, may our greatest joy be to see others come to faith in Jesus. Lead us to someone today that we can witness of Your saving power. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 10

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Cornelius was a Gentile who came to know the Lord as the Spirit brought a Gospel witness into his home. In Acts 1:8 Jesus told His disciples that they would receive the Holy Spirit and they would be witnesses unto Him. In Acts 10:39 Peter said, “And we are witnesses of all things which He did…” and in Acts 10:42 he said, “And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of the living and the dead.” The disciples became witnesses just like Jesus said. Basically, Peter witnessed about Jesus to Cornelius and the Spirit of God fell on them as He did the believers at Pentecost. Non Jews are accepted into the family of God the same as Jews. God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation anyone who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to Him. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone! Rejoice in the Gospel of grace today that is going out to every nation and the forgiveness of sin that is available to all who call upon the name of Jesus Christ!

Prayer: “Lord, we rejoice in Your grace that You forgive sin and give Your Spirit to those who place their trust in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 9

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

The Apostle Paul is arguably the greatest missionary the world has ever known. On his way from Jerusalem to Damascus he met the Lord. Paul’s experience of salvation is recorded three times in the book of Acts. When Paul met the Lord he saw a light. Formerly he had been living in spiritual darkness. God’s light revealed to Paul the truth about his sin and the truth about who Jesus is. In the light Paul was changed. He experienced a change of mind, which led to change of heart, which led to a change in his behavior. Paul not only saw a light but he also heard a voice. Paul was like a wild, angry animal kicking against the conviction of his sin. Paul asked two very important questions; who are you Lord, and what would you have me to do? God’s reply was, “I am Jesus.” Paul met Jesus. The name “Jesus” appears over 900 times in the New Testament. Every book in the New Testament except 3 John mentions the name “Jesus.” The first verse and the last verse in the New Testament mentions the name “Jesus.” Jesus is the sweetest name I know. There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father! When Paul met Jesus he would never be the same again. Paul became a chosen vessel to bear witness to others of the name of Jesus.

Prayer: “Dear God, thank You for Jesus! Give us a heart like Paul for sharing Christ with others. May we stand up and speak up for the name of Jesus. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron