Peter’s Speech: This Man Jesus

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22 All of you Israelites, listen to my message: it’s about Jesus of Nazareth, a man whom God authenticated for you by performing in your presence powerful deeds, wonders, and signs through Him, just as you yourselves know.

23 This man, Jesus, who came into your hands by God’s sure plan and advanced knowledge, you nailed to a cross and killed in collaboration with lawless outsiders.

24 But God raised Jesus and unleashed Him from the agonizing birth pangs of death, for death could not possibly keep Jesus in its power… (See Psalm 16:8-11)

29 My fellow Israelites, I can say without question that David our ancestor died and was buried, and his tomb is with us today.

30 David wasn’t speaking of himself; he was speaking as a prophet. He saw with prophetic insight that God had made a solemn promise to him: God would put one of his descendants on His throne.

31 Here’s what David was seeing in advance; here’s what David was talking about—the Anointed One would be resurrected.

Think of David’s words about Him not being abandoned to the place of the dead nor being left to decay in the grave. 32 He was talking about Jesus, the One God has raised, whom all of us have seen with our own eyes and announce to you today.

33 Since Jesus has been lifted to the right hand of God—the highest place of authority and power—and since Jesus has received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, He has now poured out what you have seen and heard here today.

34 Remember: David couldn’t have been speaking of himself rising to the heavens when he said, The Master said to my master “Sit here at My right hand, in the place of honor and power,35 And I will gather Your enemies together, lead them in on hands and knees, and You will rest Your feet on their backs” (Psalm 110:1)

36 Everyone in Israel should now realize with certainty what God has done: God has made Jesus both Lord and Anointed King—this same Jesus whom you crucified (Acts 2:22-36, The Voice Bible).

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Love Notes Series: Who is my neighbor?

Love Notes Series: Who is my neighbor?

Pure Disciple wrote: “Back then, the popular opinion among the Pharisees was that the word “neighbor”, as it appeared in scriptural commandments, only referred to those righteous believers of Israel who followed all the rules, went to temple, and always did the “right thing”. Neither the hated tax collectors, prostitutes, nor any other non-Jewish person counted as a neighbor to them, effectively cutting the “wicked” right out of God’s loving Will for the people he created.”

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In today’s reading, Jesus gets a big question from a man in the crowd: “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”(Luke 10:25)

The man is actually a scribe of the Pharisees, who was supposedly an expert in the law of God. The NASB version calls him a lawyer. So shouldn’t this obviously very educated man be well acquainted with the laws spelled out in scripture? Jesus turns the question back on him. “What does the Law say you must do?” The man answers correctly, quoting both Leviticus 18:18 & Deuteronomy 6:5 respectively: “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” and “love your neighbor as yourself”.

He wasn’t asking to genuinely find out the answer, he was asking to put Jesus on the spot and perhaps trap Jesus in his own words. Pretty sneaky, lawyer dude. The man…

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TRAIN YOUR CHILDREN WELL

A Time To Share wrote: …”Moms and dads of today’s generation should be applauded for what they give to their children spiritually. The world moves so fast and there often isn’t time to plant these seeds. Through that planting, they’re preparing them for life situations; giving them tools which will help them face adversity, pain, loss and also hope and joy; they’re shielding them from the stabs of bullying, immorality and false teachings; and they’re giving them the best gift they can as parents.”

The Isaiah 53:5 Project

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The older I get, the faster the world seems to be moving and the less time there is for the important things. Is it because I’m getting older and I’m beginning to slow down so much?

I remember raising a family and we were often stretched in 3 different directions. We didn’t always have time for family devotions. Most of our discussions about God were held while driving from one place to another and at church.

Moms and dads of today’s generation should be applauded for what they give to their children spiritually. The world moves so fast and there often isn’t time to plant these seeds.  Through that planting, they’re preparing them for life situations; giving them tools which will help them face adversity, pain, loss and also hope and joy; they’re shielding them from the stabs of bullying, immorality and false teachings; and they’re giving them…

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