LIFe with God: August 11

Posted on August 11, 2010

Scripture

Acts 11

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Observation

How did Peter respond to the accusation by the Jewish Christians that he had been fraternizing with “uncircumcised men”? Why would Luke (the author of the book of Acts) take the time and space to record the events of the last chapter again here? Why was Peter so careful to include the giving of the Holy Spirit in his explanation, and what was the response of the Jewish Christians? How did Barnabas respond to seeing that Gentiles in Antioch had become Christians?

Application

What people can I reach with the good news that perhaps a pastor or church could not? How would I respond upon hearing that my former enemies had accepted Christ? Am I ever “selfish” with the Gospel? If so, why–and what do I need to do to correct that?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father in Heaven, Once again I see Your great grace exhibited to those who were far away from You. I thank You and praise You for that, for without it I never could have come to You, been washed in the blood of Jesus and redeemed as Your child. Help me to reach out with Your love and grace and truth even to those that some other believers may negatively criticize. And when I hear that someone I don’t like or who has been an enemy comes to You, may I respond with great rejoicing and awe and wonder of Your grace. If at some point You call me to a distant land through whatever means You see fit–whether a missionary calling, a vacation trip, or something in between–may I take Your Gospel with me and be looking for opportunities to share it. I ask that Your hand will be with me wherever I go and whatever I do, and that as a result a great number of people will believe and turn to You. Finally, Lord, I ask that You would motivate me and the people in my church, each according to our ability, to provide for brothers and sisters in need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Scott & Kristi Guinn
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Patrick Hall
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for the elderly…

  • That they will be treated respectfully
  • That they will not dwell on mistakes and regret
  • That God will provide for their health and finances
  • That God will protect them from those who would try to harm them
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Any broken family relationships restored before they pass on

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit – Titus 3:5

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