The Divine Defense

This is now Paul's Fifth Defense to the masses and Seventh Overall, if You are Keeping Score. Acts 26:1-23 And Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense: “In regard to all the things of which I am accused by … Continue reading The Divine Defense

The Retelling of Much Ado About Nothing Doing: According to Festus

Acts 25:13-27 Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, and paid their respects to Festus. And while they were spending many days there, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix; and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief … Continue reading The Retelling of Much Ado About Nothing Doing: According to Festus

The Appeal to the Emperor​

Acts 24:24-25:12 But some days later, Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find … Continue reading The Appeal to the Emperor​

The Absurd Accusations and the Cheerful Defense

Acts 24:1-23 And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders, with a certain attorney named Tertullus; and they brought charges to the governor against Paul. And after Paul had been summoned, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying to the governor, “Since we have through you attained much peace, and since … Continue reading The Absurd Accusations and the Cheerful Defense

The Covenant of Conspiracy

Acts 23:12-22 And when it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. And there were more than forty who formed this plot. And they came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, “We have … Continue reading The Covenant of Conspiracy

The Sarcastic Citizen of Citizens, Tried by Brethren, Rescued by Romans

Acts 23:1-11 And Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.” And the high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you … Continue reading The Sarcastic Citizen of Citizens, Tried by Brethren, Rescued by Romans

The Speech on the Steps Stymied By Broken off Branches

Acts 22:3-22 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated under Gamaliel, strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God, just as you all are today. And I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons, … Continue reading The Speech on the Steps Stymied By Broken off Branches

The Pilgrim Paul’s Progression Through Patra and Phoencia to Philip

Acts 21:1-14 And when it came about that we had parted from them and had set sail, we ran a straight course to Cos and the next day to Rhodes and from there to Patara; and having found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail. And when we had come … Continue reading The Pilgrim Paul’s Progression Through Patra and Phoencia to Philip

The Fruitful Farewell

Acts 20:13-38 But we, going ahead to the ship, set sail for Assos, intending from there to take Paul on board; for thus he had arranged it, intending himself to go by land. And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene. And sailing from there, we arrived … Continue reading The Fruitful Farewell

The Symbolic Cessation of Significant Signs

Acts 20:1-12 And after the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples and when he had exhorted them and taken his leave of them, he departed to go to Macedonia. And when he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece. And there he spent three months, … Continue reading The Symbolic Cessation of Significant Signs

The Departure and The Dwelling

Acts 18:1-11 After these things he left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them, and because he was of the same trade, … Continue reading The Departure and The Dwelling

The Letter Alleviating Levitical Laws

Acts 15:1-29 And some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up … Continue reading The Letter Alleviating Levitical Laws

The Persecution Prescription

Acts 14:1-7 And it came about that in Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a great multitude believed, both of Jews and of Greeks. But the Jews who disbelieved stirred up the minds of the Gentiles, and embittered them against the brethren. Therefore they spent … Continue reading The Persecution Prescription

The Devastating Blow

Acts 13:13-40 (Yes, it's long, I will let Paul and the prophets do most of the talking) Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John left them and returned to Jerusalem. But going on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the … Continue reading The Devastating Blow

The Reckoning; With Reason and Recapitulation

Acts 11:1-18 Now the apostles and the brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. Let me stop here for dramatic effect. Don't you think that John, James, Andrew--maybe not Thomas because he is a doubter--would all be thrilled that the gentiles were receiving Christ? We will … Continue reading The Reckoning; With Reason and Recapitulation

The Path of Peter to all Peoples; Part 2, The Prayer of Cornelius

Acts 10:1-23 Now there was a certain man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, a devout man, and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people, and prayed to God continually. About the ninth hour of the day he clearly … Continue reading The Path of Peter to all Peoples; Part 2, The Prayer of Cornelius

The Path of Peter to all Peoples; Part 1

Acts 9:32-43 Now it came about that as Peter was traveling through all those parts, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; … Continue reading The Path of Peter to all Peoples; Part 1

The Persecution Primer

Acts 8:1-3 And Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul … Continue reading The Persecution Primer

The Scripture Summation of Stephan, Part One; Abraham to Egypt

Acts 7:1-20 And the high priest said, “Are these things so?” And he said, “Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, and said to him, ‘DEPART FROM YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR RELATIVES, AND COME INTO THE LAND THAT … Continue reading The Scripture Summation of Stephan, Part One; Abraham to Egypt

The Stirring Up of the Scribes

Acts 6:7-15 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen. And yet they were unable to cope with … Continue reading The Stirring Up of the Scribes

The Great Escape and Another Stabbing Sermon

Acts 5:17-32 But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy; and they laid hands on the apostles, and put them in a public jail. But an angel of the Lord during the night opened the gates of the prison, … Continue reading The Great Escape and Another Stabbing Sermon

The CONGREGATION

Acts 4:32-37 And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own; but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant … Continue reading The CONGREGATION

The Day After the Day of Days

Matthew 27:57-66 Jesus has just died a horrible death And when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given over to him. And … Continue reading The Day After the Day of Days

Consider Christ on the Cross, Not Current Culture; Part 2

Continuing in the Context of the Cross Matthew 27:45-56, with the right to double back to see more prophecy we missed in my last missive. Yes, there is more and we can't come close to covering it all. Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon all the land until the ninth hour. And about the … Continue reading Consider Christ on the Cross, Not Current Culture; Part 2