Just before Pentecost, the 11 apostles of Jesus decided that they needed to replace the position that Judas left with another apostle. They chose Matthias by casting lots (similar to rolling dice). Should they have done that? Is it possible that they moved ahead of the Holy Spirit on that one? How does a person discover God’s will?
In the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles and 3,000 people were added to their number in a single day. What happened next? Did they return to life as usual? Nope. They devoted their lives to four things.
The Bible says that God will give us the desires of our heart. But Jesus said that in this world you will have trouble. Trouble certainly is not the desires of our hearts. What is going on? This three-part story of Elijah the prophet will take you on a journey of mountain top experiences to valleys of crisis.
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Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me is patently false. And the Bible has some straight words for Christians who do not control their tongues.
Ever wonder why Jesus told his disciples to “take nothing with you on the journey” and then later retracted that and told them not only to take money but also a sword?
Sermon by Pastor Jeff Scoggins