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But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Acts 9:27 The experience of feeling spiritually alone is very real. There is the reality of how great your sins are that they can rise up against you and paralyze your soul. On the other hand, there is the suffering and pain of disease, tragedy, and loss that can make you feel shattered into a thousand pieces....

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Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. II Timothy 4:11 The year was AD 50. The first missionary journey was complete. The early church judged it a success, for faithful missionaries were used to plant new churches. Then, through conflict with certain Jews, the celebration continued as the church rejoiced in the Spirit’s development of truth through the significant decision of the Jerusalem Council: Do not require laws to burden the Gentiles (Acts 15:19). The gospel of pure grace was preserved as the church understood more...

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I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also. Romans 16:1-2 Lists of names in Scripture have great value and importance. We often have the tendency to view these lists as laborious and insignificant, but the opposite is true. Examples include the lengthy lists recorded in Ezra and Nehemiah, where names of returning captives point us...

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And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. Acts 16:14 Several of Paul’s teachings are not popular in the church world today, particularly regarding women and church office (I Cor. 14:34; I Tim. 2:11-12). Any issues one may have with Paul’s instruction regarding the role of women in the church simply reveals a lack of understanding of the inspiration of holy Scripture. As an apostle, Paul’s message was the Holy Spirit’s message;...

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Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you. Colossians 4:10 It would be an obvious truism to say that someone who is described as fearless is said to lack fear. There must be more—for why are they described this way? Implied is that they lack fear because they trust in something, or someone else. For the child of God, fear is a very real emotion. Paul, a great man, was transparent about his own fear when writing to the Corinthians (I Cor. 2:3). The city, overtaken with idolatry and sensual living, made him afraid to carry out God’s calling for him there. Yet...

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Mr. Kyle Bruinooge teaches New Testament history at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a member of Faith PRC “And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.” Acts 15:40 In the nearly 100 years of the Protestant Reformed Churches, missions have been a part of her history. Soon after the development of this new denomination through the faithful defense of sovereign, particular grace, early ecclesiastical meetings recognized the need to develop a system and structure for mission work. In 1928, a Mission Committee was officially formed and the question...

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I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. I Corinthians 3:6 The diversity that is found in the church of Jesus Christ is an amazing wonder. Many different spiritual gifts are represented in each congregation, and God uses each one to refresh and strengthen the other members. In this way, Christ, the Head of the church, is glorified. In a more specific sense, the office of the ministry provides diversity. Men with different strengths and weaknesses sound forth a common gospel message each week. God overrules their sin and weakness and uses the “foolishness” of preaching to save...

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And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. Acts 18:2 Vocation—resurrected and restored during the time of the Protestant Reformation—was long ago used in the spread of the gospel. A simple trade—tent making— brought together a devout Jewish couple with the apostle Paul. Their names were Aquila and Priscilla—used by God to encourage Paul and assist in the work of the missionary program. Aquila was originally from Pontus, a Roman province east of northern Galatia,...

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Only Luke is with me. II Timothy 4:11 A previous article on Onesiphorus (April 1, 2021) laid out the dire circumstances that accompanied the apostle Paul during his final days. These circumstances were the backdrop of his final epistle, a second letter to Timothy who was laboring in Ephesus. Before Paul was to leave this life and join the throng of just men made perfect, he delivered some final requests and greetings to those who were near and dear to his heart. Onesiphorus often refreshed Paul toward the end of his life (II Tim. 1:16), but as Paul faced the...

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The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: but, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. II Timothy 1:16-17 A plunge into the clear water of Lake Michigan on a hot, summer day. A cold glass of lemonade after working in the garden. A long, hot shower after a grueling day of work. Refreshment. You may relate to these illustrations, or ones similar, when you think of what brings you refreshment. We experience this in many different ways, but spiritual...

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