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The Power of the Collective Prayer of the Church in the Face of Impossible Situations, Part 2 (Praying Through the Bible #221)

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TEXT: Acts 12:1-5

As we return to this passage, we find the church at a critical moment. They are facing the specter of a new wave of persecution that has become all too real. James, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, has been killed. Herod the king has found that this pleases one of his major constituencies, the Jews, so he has decided to make it a new policy of his administration. He has followed through by arresting Peter, who was at this time the most high profile of Jesus’ disciples. But Herod wanted to make a spectacle of Peter’s death, so he decided to wait until after the Passover to have him crucified. Herod delivered Peter into the hands of 16 Roman soldiers who took turns watching over him in prison in a rotation of four-man squads. Herod thought he had the situation under control. He had Peter on lockdown; he had these Jesus-followers going underground. But that was Herod’s big mistake. His delay, if you will, gave God’s people room to work in prayer to God for him.

The Power of the Collective Prayer of the Church in the Face of Impossible Situations, Part 1 (Praying Through the Bible #220)

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TEXT: Acts 12:1-5

In this passage, we find the early church at a time when it is being persecuted by Herod. Christianity, being a new way of life, was highly suspect by nearly everyone. Jews though it blasphemous. And the Greeks and Romans were wary of anything that took worship away from their own gods. Christianity was already seen as a threat to the religious establishment and eventually would be seen as a threat to the political establishment as well. While the early church had some great successes up to this point, they also faced persecution. And that persecution was only about to get worse. There are three things that we see in this passage that put the church in a seemingly impossible situation.

God Honors Consistent Prayer and Faithful Living, Part 7 (Praying Through the Bible #219)

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TEXT: Acts 10:42-48

In our last message, we saw how Peter was obedient to the vision and the command that God had given him. Even though he did not understand what God was asking him to do, he went along with a group of Gentile men who had been sent to his house. Only when Peter got to Cornelius’ house did he understand why God had told him to go there.

On the other hand, Cornelius had been having a similar experience. He had been faithfully praying to God and obeying God as best he knew how. When an angel came to him and told him that his prayers and his alms had been received as a memorial before God, he, too, was hesitant. But, he obeyed the command to send for a man he had never heard of. And, now, we see that when Peter arrives at his house, he realizes the purpose for which God had asked him to send for Peter. He tells his Jewish visitor that after the angel spoke to him, “Immediately, I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.”

God Honors Consistent Prayer and Faithful Living, Part 6 (Praying Through the Bible #218)

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TEXT: Acts 10:24-29

In this passage, we begin to see the culmination of the prayers of two faithful men and their obedience to God’s instructions to them. Cornelius, the Roman Centurion, prayed every day and he was told to send for Peter. Peter also was a man of prayer whom God told to go with the Gentile messengers who had come to Joppa asking for him. Neither of these men knew each other. Neither knew what God was doing. But because they were both faithful and obedient, God brought them together so that He could open the door of the Gospel to the Gentiles.

It is human nature to want to have things explained to us before we act. However, sometimes, the only way we can understand the “why” of God’s commands is to obey first. When Peter received the vision of the great sheet with clean and unclean beasts, he didn’t know what to think. When the voice told him, ‘Rise, Peter, kill and eat,’ he was bewildered. When a group of strange Gentile men showed up on his doorstep, he went with them only because God had told him to.

Praying for the Preachers, Part 4 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #118)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.” Continue Reading…

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