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The Book of Acts

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Acts 25:1-12

Audio • June 21, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

Welcome to Calvary Syracuse. Our vision is to "Know Christ and Make Him Known".

Acts 24:1

Audio • May 24, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

Are you listening? Why don't people listen? So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. -Romans 10:17

Acts 23:12

Audio • May 17, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God (Psalm 42:2) When I was younger, I naively thought that if I married the right person, had the right job, and enough money, I would be content and fulfilled. Well, I did marry the right person, I have a great job, and enough resources, but I still have a empty places in my heart. The thirst in my soul can only be satisfied by Christ. C.S. Lewis said "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."

Acts 22:30

Audio • May 10, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

Where do you turn when you're afraid? " Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Acts 22:22

Audio • May 3, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

We look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Cor. 4:18 I think our biggest hindrance to following Christ sometimes is that the material world seems “more” real to us than the "spiritual.”

Acts 22:1

Audio • April 19, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

Can we proclaim Christ in difficult times? Absolutely! It's time to humble ourselves, pray, repent, and seek God. 2 Chron. 7:14. He promises to answer and heal us!

Acts 21:17

Audio • March 29, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 We don't have to live in fear of C19 - respect and precaution of course, but fear, never! God is for us and will sustain us. Please pray for our nation and all affected.

Acts 21:1-16

Audio • March 15, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

We all will be confronted with difficult decisions. Sometimes the right choice seems a lot more difficult than the wrong one. Hoping to avoid pain and hardship, we can be tempted to make a wrong choice. It's been said, "God wouldn't have allowed it if he didn't have a purpose. Don't just go through it - grow through it!" Pastor Ken

Acts 20:17-38

Audio • March 8, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

In our text today, Paul gives some last words of encouragement to the Ephesian Elders before departing for Jerusalem. On the contrary here are some famous last words of people about to do something foolish: I can beat the light!!! I wonder if it's loaded???? The firecracker must have gone out; I will light it again! What will your last words be? What will you be remembered for most? Let's work on influencing others by words and deeds. Pastor Ken

Acts 20:1-16

Audio • March 1, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

Sleeping can be hazardous to your health - medically and financially. Advances in phone security can leave us vulnerable. There was a six-year old little girl one Christmas season who used her mother's phone while she was sleeping. The little girl pressed her mom's thumb on her phone, unlocked it, and ordered over $300 of toys on Amazon. Obviously, natural sleep is not as hazardous as being asleep spiritually. It's time to wake up! "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." (Ephesians 5:14) Pastor Ken

Acts 19: 11-40

Audio • February 23, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

Have you noticed how pervasive the "organic" movement has become? No artificial anything - no hormones, no antibiotics, or chemicals. 100% organic. It speaks to the desire that we all have to have the real thing - no imitations. People want to see some "organic" Christianity as well - nothing artificial. Bill Hybels said, "Authentic Christianity is a supernatural walk with a living, dynamic, communicating God." That kind of Christianity will change our world! Pastor Ken

Acts 19:1-12

Audio • February 16, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

What is essential to you? When I think of what’s essential for Thanksgiving - I think of turkey. For Christmas, I think of a Christmas tree and presents. When I think of what is essential for following Christ - 2 things emerge in my thoughts; the word of God and the Spirit of God. Did you receive the Spirit of God when you believed? (Acts 19:2). Seeking to obey God apart from the power of the Spirit is like trying to sail without wind or drive a car without gas. He is essential to a Christ glorifying life. Pastor Ken

Acts 18:24-28

Audio • February 9, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

When Billy Sunday was converted and joined the church, a Christian man put his arm on the young man’s shoulder and said, “William, there are three simple rules I can give to you, and if you will hold to them you will never write “backslider” after your name. “Take 15 minutes each day to listen to God talking to you; take 15 minutes each day to talk to God; take 15 minutes each day to talk to others about God.” What was true for Billy Sunday is true for us today. Pastor Ken

Acts 18:18-23

Audio • February 2, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

Paul was the apostle of grace who took a vow - an apparent contradiction. But, Paul would say, "To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law." (1 Corinthians 9:20). He would contextualize his life so that he might share the gospel with others. How might you do that this week? Pastor Ken

Acts 18:1-17

Audio • January 26, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

We all have dreams and goals that we want to realize and accomplish. But, we have a tendency to give up when things begin to turn or we encounter difficulty. Thomas Edison said, "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." Paul the Apostle told us to "Press towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ." Press on, don't give up and you will succeed. Pastor Ken

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