In our Bible reading for today, Acts 23:1-11, we read that Jesus stands by the side of the apostle Paul in his prison cell and says, “Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.” Wow! Jesus is the great ENCOURAGER. Steven Cole, in … More The great ENCOURAGER
Pastor Steven Cole of Flagstaff, AZ preached a sermon on our Bible reading passage for today. Here is an excerpt from “God’s Mighty Power to Save” If I had just gotten beaten up by an angry mob that was trying to kill me, but I got rescued, I don’t think that the first thought on … More Addressing the mob that tried to kill him
When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” And since he … More How do we discern God’s will?
Steven Cole, in a sermon from Acts 20:1-16, “HOW ONE MAN CHANGED THE WORLD” The apostle Paul changed the world as few other men have ever done. He lived in a day before jet airplanes or cars and paved highways. He had to go everywhere by foot, on donkeys, or by sailing vessel, none of … More Paul: How did he do it?
And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship.”—Acts 19:27 ESV Steven Cole comments on Acts … More Ask the eternal question
Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began … More God’s work and God’s workers in process
Pastor Steven Cole of Flagstaff, AZ concludes a sermon on our passage from Acts 15:22-41 with these comments. You may click this link to read the entire sermon. During 1977, millions of people lined up at museums across the United States to view the treasures from the tomb of King Tutankhamen of Egypt. It is … More We need God’s wisdom and discernment to know essential truth where we must never concede, and to know areas where it is right to concede out of love so as not to offend others.
Pastor Steven J. Cole concludes a sermon on 1 John 5:1-5 with this: The very first test given to a newborn in the delivery room is called the Apgar score. The test was designed to quickly evaluate a newborn’s physical condition after delivery and to determine any immediate need for extra medical or emergency care. … More If you claim to be born again, you may want to check your spiritual Apgar score.
John tells us (1 John 4:1), “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” Paul said something like that, too. After saying that we should “not despise prophetic utterances,” he added, “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:20-21). Steven J.Cole … More The content of our theology matters greatly
Steven Cole on 1 John 3:11-18- If we get weary of hearing over and over about the need to love one another, we should remember that John wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, who knows our hearts. We need to examine ourselves constantly because our default mode is to revert to selfishness, not … More Who would you rather snuggle?