January 9 Acts 5:17-42 (ESV) The Apostles Arrested and Freed 17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and … More January 9 Acts 5:17-42
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13:2-3 ESV) For the work to which I have called them…. … More A Call to Ministry and Suffering
John 16:1-4 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor … More Grace is never really popular.
In the introduction to his sermon, “The Holy Spirit Will Help You Die,” John Piper gives two examples of martyrs and then says: I think it is very important for every one of you to think hard about what you would do if cultic terrorists hijacked your plane and before they blew it up offered … More Do You Have the Strength to Die for Christ?
Coty Pinckney, in a message “Train Through Pain Yet with Joy for the Race of Faith”: As we noted, Paul tells Timothy: “Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” [2 Timothy 2:3) All of you who have run regularly know there is some degree of pain involved. Certainly all of you who … More Spiritual Interval Training
As someone passionately active in missions (vvmi.org), I am still NOT on the frontlines. I experience the joys of being involved and seeing God at work, but I do not yet personally suffer any of the costs of frontier missions. John Piper explains the COSTS and the BLESSINGS of frontier missions, in his sermon, “I … More The Costs and Blessings of Frontier Missons…John Piper on Matthew 10
In a sermon on Acts 12, “Execution, Escape and Eaten by Worms,” John Piper states: This chapter is about God and Herod. This Herod is Herod Agrippa I, the grandson of Herod the Great who was king when Jesus was born and ordered the infants killed in Bethlehem. He was brought up in Rome and … More If You Oppose Jesus, You Lose-John Piper on Acts 12 (Part 1)
In a sermon titled, “Execution, Escape and Eaten by Worms,” John Piper states: God can release and God can sustain and empower in martyrdom. That is the point of releasing Peter and not James. God is in control over this little Herod in both cases. In fact there is an extraordinary power in martyrdom. … More God Never Fumbles- John Piper on Acts 12 (Part 2)
In Acts 8, we see God using suffering and persecution for the advancement of the Gospel…….look at verse 4, “Therefore”—that is, because of the persecution, “those who had been scattered went about preaching the Word.” Bible commentators point out that there are different words for “scattered” in Greek. One means dispersed so that the item is … More Parallels Between the Acts 8 Church and Today’s Persecuted Church
John MacArthur on The Stoning of Stephen (Acts 7), from Stephen: A Profile in Courage Acts 7:55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man … More John MacArthur on The Stoning of Stephen (Acts 7)