Some Thoughts From Anonymous About Doubt

“Never put a question mark where God has put a period.”

Some folks demand the benefit of the doubt where there isn’t any.”

“Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.”

“No one can live in doubt when he has prayed in faith.”

“Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier.”

Some Thoughts About Behavior From Anonymous

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“Every Christian occupies some kind of pulpit and preaches some kind of a sermon every day.”

“A person’s faith is not judged by what he says about it, but by what he does about it.”

“No one will ever know of your honesty unless you give out some samples.”

“The surest way to gain respect is to earn it by conduct.”

“When you make a mountain out of a molehill, don’t expect anyone to climb up to see the view.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:31-34

Chapter 13:31 and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people.

Chapter 13:32 And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers,

Chapter 13:33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son; today I have begotten You.’

Chapter 13:34 As for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no more to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’

From Acts 1:3 we see that Jesus was seen for forty days and in I Corinthians 15:5-8 Paul tells us that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at one time. We also see in verse 31 that He was seen by the apostles and Paul speaks of the apostles being specifically chosen for this purpose. They were to be witnesses to the resurrection in order to talk with Him and also fellowship with Him, but most importantly, to be witnesses to the people. After this experience, is it any wonder, that the apostles went out to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus and put their lives on the line for this purpose? Then we see in verses 32-34, Paul and Barnabas speaking of the Good News of salvation through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. To a Jew, nothing could be greater than the assurance that the Messiah had come and to a sinner, who recognizes his sin and sinfulness and who realizes the wages of sin is death, nothing could bring greater joy than the fantastic news of salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus!!!

Some Thoughts From Anonymous About Heaven

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“When the church ceases to be in touch with another world, it is no longer in touch with this world.

“God promises a safe landing but not a calm voyage.”

“God has two dwelling places; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.”

“People are guided to heaven more by footprints than by guideposts.”

“The main object of religion should be not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:27-30

Chapter 13:27 “For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, recognizing neither Him nor the uttterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him.

Chapter 13:28 And though they found no ground for putting Him to death they asked Pilate that He be executed.

Chapter 13:29 When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb.

Chapter 13:30 But God raised Him from the dead;

Paul states here that the nation of Israel is guilty of the death of Jesus by stating the fact that the Messiah came and offered himself to Israel, but that they rejected and crucified Him but that God raised Him from the dead. Peter had given the same message at Pentecost and the people were pricked in their hearts. See Acts 2: 22-37. The people in verse 27 recognized Jesus physically, but they did not recognize Him as their Messiah. In the scriptures, that the people read every Sabbath, there is not a clearer picture of our Savior than in Isaiah chapter 53 and yet the Jewish people were ignorant of the true meaning of the scriptures. They were expecting a powerful Prince and God delivered them a Lamb, who was meek, despised, and rejected. The Jews were so prideful of their heritage and history that they could not see clearly. In verse 29, Paul shows the Jews that they had done everything the prophets had said they would do to Jesus and then in verse 30, we see that God raised Jesus from the dead, showing us that He laid down His life but that it was not possible for death to hold Him. What does that mean for you today? Eternal life when you repent of your sins and turn you life over completely to Him!!!

Some Thoughts About Conceit From Anonymous

“Some church members are like a tire with a slow leak—it takes a lot of pumping to keep them inflated.”

“Conceit is generally thought of as God’s gift to little people.”

“When a person starts to rest on his laurels, he discovers they are poison ivy.”

“The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.”

“It’s difficult, if not impossible, to have faith in God if a man has too much faith in himself.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 13:23-26

Chapter 13:23 “From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus.

Chapter 13:24 after John had proclaimed before His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

Chapter 13:25 And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am? He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

Chapter 13:26 “Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent.

Paul, thus far has traced the history of the people of Israel from their time in Egyptian bondage until the time of King David. He left out their history from Solomon to Malachi but with the word, God, he brought together the name of Jesus together with the covenant that God made with David in II Samuel 7:8-17. Paul was using this history lesson to convince the Jews to let them know the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth, in that He was the seed of David. In verses 24 and 25, we see the first messenger of the Covenant, John the Baptist preach the gospel of repentance as the forerunner of Jesus Christ. And also in verse 25, we see, John the Baptist, let them know that Jesus was coming and in the next verse that Jesus was coming with the message of salvation. See in verse 26 also, that Paul calls the people brethren to identify himself with the people of Israel. He is ready to preach the gospel to all including Gentiles, proselytes and everyone who could hear his voice.