From the monthly archives:

March 2009

Wounds…

by Lon on March 24, 2009

I know time’s hard to come by, but if you have half an hour, watch and reflect on this in preparation for Sunday

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Acts 3

by Lon on March 23, 2009

v2 – who are these kind people unnamed people to the crippled beggar – “People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple”

… on second thought, I wonder if they were using him to beg for money, or take a cut, after all, what could he do with the money he collected anyways?

Peter asked the beggar to look at him – how often do we do everything we can to avoid eye contact with those less fortunate than us?

“You killed the Author of life” – how ironic and tragic.

“Jesus, who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets”

- two thoughts on this – If I was Jesus, no one would be telling me where I must remain
- secondly – could universal restoration actually include – everything – human, creature, object, etc?

Your thoughts?

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Acts 2

by Lon on March 16, 2009

The day of pentecost…

What would it look like for the world to look upon us, as the church, possibly be confused for a moment, yet hear us speaking to them in the language in their heart of hearts, and be astonished?

Was Peter still speaking in tongues when he addresses the crowd?

“I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh”… sons, daughters, slaves, young, old, men, women – no one seems to be left out… nor does it seem equated to belief in certain doctrinal statements.

the part of the darkness, and the blood, and the moon, i have no idea.

Jesus “It was impossible for him to be held in its (deaths) power.  Awesome.

v37 “Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart” – when this happens its responded by “What should we do?” desire for action, change, transformation

How might we preach, proclaim, act with such power?

v44 All who believed were together and had all things in common

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Acts 1

by Lon on March 9, 2009

Theophilus from what I understand was the person, likely with power and authority, to commission Luke to investigate and record his findings in Luke’s gospel as well as Acts.  What would it look like for us to be engaged with outsiders who also eagerly seek the truth like this?

Jesus spent 3 years with the disciples, and then 40 straight days speaking of ‘the kingdom of God”, and they still didn’t’ quite get it… I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that we’re all still grappling with what he meant.

What do you think of casting lots?  At first read it seems completely random, but the disciples still needed to choose two people themselves.  How might this impact the way we work, and allow God to work?

We’re living in a post-Jesus-on-earth era, just as the apostles did.  How would you have responded back then?  What might that translate to today?

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The Book of Acts

by Lon on March 4, 2009

Heads up.  Each Monday I hope to be going through the Book of Acts on this blog.

Feel free to also blog through it at your own pace, or join the conversation via the comments.

The book’s original title is, “The Acts of the Apostles”, the book of Acts for short.  I find it fascintating it wasn’t called the book of ‘truths’.

How does that shake up all the ‘truths’ locked inside your head?

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