Archive for the ‘Acts’ Category

Dear America, God is not far away

November 7th, 2012 by Maureen

His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. Acts 17:27

Even those believers who may be disappointed with the direction the nation is taking can take heart that God is not far from those we elected. In a free country where so many disagree about what is good and right it may be that, as a nation, we must feel our way toward him, sometimes in fits and spurts.

Lord, be with this nation and help those that lead it to move closer to You.

Scary! (not so much)

October 31st, 2012 by Maureen

But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.  Acts 2:24

Life can get scary. The monster problems shrink, the fears and memories that haunt our dreams dissipate, even the reaper is less grim in the light of the resurrected Christ. “Fear not!” is both His battle cry and His lullaby to us. Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave; nothing we might face is going to scare Him.

Lord, Your encouragement and comfort are enough to help me overcome my fears and keep moving forward.

See you at the pole

September 26th, 2012 by Maureen

I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. Acts 2:17

All over the world young people gathered around flagpoles to pray today. These young men and women offered up prayers for revival and unity, for grace and truth, for Spiritual inspiration and opportunities to show Christ’s love, for countries and troops, for cities and schools, for families and friends. Their prayers are not borne of naivety but of hope and vision.

Lord, restore the joy and hope of fresh faith in all of us.

Dusting for God’s fingerprints

August 10th, 2012 by Maureen

In the past he permitted all the nations to go their own ways, but He never left them without evidence of Himself and His goodness. Acts 14:16-17a.

Even individuals and cultures that don’t recognize God for Who He is have evidence of His presence, though they may attribute it to other causes or ignore it. Admittedly we see Him in the evidence because we are looking for Him there. Yet the more familiar we become with the evidence and with God, the better we get at recognizing the  places where He’s left fingerprints.

Lord,  help me see You everywhere I go.

Red letter Wednesday

May 30th, 2012 by Maureen

He is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist.  Acts. 17:27b-28a

Within one week’s time our family will have observed a graduation, a birthday, and a funeral. Next  week, a wedding and an anniversary. Somehow God seems bigger and nearer on days that we mark significant life events. But whether this is a red letter day or an average Wednesday, whatever happens matters because we each matter to Him. All our living and moving and being is happening in Him.
Lord, I am so grateful that you are never far away.

Don’t analyze it, just do it

April 13th, 2012 by Maureen

Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering! Acts 10:4b

A sovereign God doesn’t need our prayers or our gifts to do His work in the world; yet He tells us they matter. Like any loving Father He responds to our prayers and gifts. What we offer Him affects outcomes. He doesn’t explain why. Trying to figure out the mechanics of reciprocity doesn’t respect the relationship and since God is, after all, Almighty, it’s just silly.

Lord, keep teaching me to pray and give.

Self-made Christian is an oxymoron

April 4th, 2012 by Maureen

let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. Acts 4:10

Nobody is a self-made Christian. Every believer stands, stumbles, or falls upon the grace of Christ. Every believer is wholly forgiven and restored to a state of grace because of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. How we choose to live and how we grow in grace is our response to the wholeness His act of grace offers each of us.

Jesus, Your acts of redemption that have made me whole. Thank you.

Don’t just walk, leap and praise too!

March 4th, 2012 by Maureen

He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them. Acts 3:8

What if we entered our places of worship with unrestrained celebration over the miracles Christ has done and is doing  in each our lives? Rejoice over every redemption story because every one is an absolute miracle. So don’t just stroll into His sanctuary, come jumping up and down happy because Christ forgives, restores, and heals us.

Lord, forgive me for taking Your gift of transformation for granted.

Forty days

February 22nd, 2012 by Maureen

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. Matt. 4:1-2

  • Noah spent forty days in the ark before the rainbow appeared. Gen. 7:12
  • Moses spent forty days on the mountain with God before delivering God’s message. Ex. 24:18
  • Goliath mocked the Israelites for forty days before God used David to turn the tables. I Sam. 17:16
  • Elijah spent forty days on the road looking for direction from God and God provided it. Deut. 9:9
  • Jonah issued God’s forty-day challenge to repent and Ninevah and they came through. Jon. 3:4
  • After His crucifixion Jesus spent forty days with the disciples getting them ready to advance His kingdom without His physical presence. Acts. 1:3

Lord, I don’t want Lent to be a religious observance but a time to seek, repent, sacrifice and prepare for whatever You want to do next.

Vital and urgent information

August 14th, 2011 by Maureen

But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:21 & Joel 2:28-30

The prophet Joel said it before Christ was even born. Peter quoted it after the Holy Spirit empowered him in the Upper Room. Jesus made it clear through his life, death, and resurrection. He went to great lengths to make sure the invitation was issued. Salvation is the ultimate mission of Christ and His followers. We should treat it as if it were vital and urgent.

Lord, show me how to best communicate Your message.

The Great Commissioning

July 28th, 2011 by Maureen

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NLT

Jesus gave the Great Commission. He didn’t ask any of us to do anything without equipping us with the tools to do it. The Holy Spirit provided the commissioning experience needed to fulfill the Commission.

Lord, keep me full of Your Spirit.

More Christian than some Christians

July 17th, 2011 by Maureen

This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about. Acts 17:23a

Many people are drawn to the nature of Christ before they actually know Him personally. Desire to display kindness and generosity, unselfish love and concern for others sometimes inspires these folks to behave more like Christians than some who profess salvation. Christ followers who love His nature and display it in word and action help move those who love the character of Christ toward loving Christ Himself.

Lord, help me to recognize those who are worshiping you without knowing it.

Whole lotta shakin’

June 3rd, 2011 by Maureen

I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope. Acts 2:25b-26

The dreaded phone call, the pink slip, news headlines, kids, cars, bank statements, test results…stuff happens every day that  shakes us up. We can experience calm and even joy in the midst of  present shake ups by responding to who God is instead of focusing on the crisis du jour. The peace of Christ really is enough to calm a shaking heart.
Lord, because You are who You are…I’m shouting Your praise!

Please and thank you

April 12th, 2011 by Maureen

…and human hands can’t serve his needs — for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. Acts 17:25

No matter how wealthy, smart, talented or powerful we may be, none of us is in a trade relationship with God. Our prayers are requests not negotiations. His response to our needs are gifts given out of His immense love and concern for us and there is nothing we can offer in return but humble thanks.

Lord, all I can say is please and thank you.