Some Thoughts On Repentance From Anonymous

“It takes more courage to repent than to keep on sinning.”

“To grieve over sin is one thing; to repent is another.”

“You can’t repent too soon, because you don’t know how soon it may be too late.”

“True repentance has a double aspect. It looks upon things past with a weeping eye, and upon the future with a watchful eye.”

“It seems that more people repent of their sins from fear of punishment than from a change of heart.”

 

Some Thoughts On Examples From Anonymous

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“Christians are the light of the world, but the switch must be turned on.”

“A Christian shows what he is by what he does with what he has.”

“Christianity is a way of walking as well as a way of talking.”

“The greatest gift we can bestow on others is a good example.”

“Example is a language all men can read.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 15:1-5

Chapter 15:1 Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved,”

Chapter 15:2 And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue.

Chapter 15:3 Therefore being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren.

Chapter 15:4 When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them.

Chapter 15:5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”

The presence of the Gentiles in the church brings specific problems that now need to be addressed. In Acts 10:34, We see that Peter had learned that no man should be deemed unclean even a Gentile and that the Jerusalem church had accepted the Gentiles on an equal basis with the Jewish converts. We see in verse 5, that some believing Pharisees stood firm and insisted that the Gentile converts be circumcised and bend to observe the Law of Moses. Interjection here: Everytime that I see the Law written in the Bible, I write beside it Need For Salvation. This particular belief was hindering the believing Pharisees. Something else that was being bantered around as a side issue was should there be unrestricted social contact, in other words, the dietary laws,(another hindrance) between Jewish and Gentile Christians? Chapter 15 is concerned with these two issues: circumcision and foods(socializing). Just think if there would have been division over these two issues, the church would have been severely hampered from the beginning.

Some Thoughts About Behavior From Anonymous

“The better we understand Christianity, the less satisfied we are with our practice of it.”

“Judging from the way most people behave these days, they must think that hell is air-conditioned!”

“What a scarcity of news there would be if everybody obeyed the Ten Commandments!”

“We try to see some good in everybody we meet, but occasionally there are some folks who make us realize our eyesight isn’t as good as it once was.”

“Blowing out the other fellow’s candle won’t make yours shine any brighter.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 14:23-28

Chapter 14:23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Chapter 14:24 They passed through Pisidia and came into Pamphylia,

Chapter 14:25 When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.

Chapter 14:26 From there they sailed to Antioch, from which they had bee commended to the grace of God for the work that had been accomplished.

Chapter 14:27 When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.

Chapter 14:28 And they spent a long time with the disciples.

The word here in verse 23 has been interpreted as ordained in some versions of the Bible, but the word appointed here simply means that the church elected, appointed or designated those who were to be elders in each individual church. Each of these elders had a tremendous responsibility in decision-making for these churches. It is no wonder that these men were required to be men of strong character, high morals and spiritual wisdom. Paul and Barnabas may have thought that this may be the last time that they may see these new Christians. They left each church in the hands of God and led by Spirit-filled men.

We see in verse 27 that Paul and Barnabas had begun this missionary journey in Antioch and now they were returning and we have seen that it had been fruitful but yet hazardous. The question that each of us as Christians must answer is that have we let God down in evangelizing to the heathens and are people in hell because we have failed to respond to Christ’s commission. Notice in verse 28, Paul and Barnabas do not just share about the number of souls that were saved, but also the trials, tribulations and persecutions. I am sure there was much rejoicing in the church at Antioch that day due to the fervent prayers and the laying on of hands on Paul and Barnabas.

In verse 28, we are not sure how long they stayed but most Bible scholars believed that these events occurred in approximately 45 or 46 A.D. and the council in Jerusalem met in 51 or 53 A.D., then there would have been an interval of five to eight years. In finishing this chapter, most Christians that read this will have no concept of the persecution that these men went through. I pray that each one of us will go out today and be bold for the cause of Christ.

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 14:21-22

Chapter 14:21 After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.

Chapter 14:22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

Notice in Derbe that they had taught many and had a successful ministry in terms of converts. We have no other recorded details of the work at Derbe, it must have been quiet and fruitful. Later in verse 21, we now see where Paul and Barnabas had finished the first missionary journey. I believe this to be one of the most powerful verses in this chapter, as it shows that Paul did not lead men to the knowledge of salvation and then leave them to fight their own battles and become discouraged and defeated Christians. Despite the threats against their lives, such as scourgings, stonings or imprisonment, Paul and Barnabas would not be deterred from God’s calling.

In verse 22, we see the Gospel being used for encouragement and strengthening the minds and hearts of the new believers. Paul was instructing these believers to walk and be loyal to their faith. There is some misunderstanding that through many tribulations that we are redeemed. There could be nothing further from the truth. The kingdom of God is within the hearts of believers and there is a day coming when Christ will actually reign here on earth, and this is where the tribulation (over 2000 years) thus far, comes into play and one more thing, that the body of believers, not individuals but the entire bod y of the New Testament Church will enter the kingdom of heaven. Praise God!!!

Some Thoughts About Love From Anonymous

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“Love is more easily demonstrated than defined.”

“Kindness is the insignia of a loving heart.”

“The Bible admonishes us to love our neighbors and also to love our enemies—probably because they are generally the same people.”

“Kindness is the ability to love people more than they really deserve.”

“To love others makes us happy; to love ourselves makes us lonely.”