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The Book of Acts

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Acts 17:15-34

Audio • January 19, 2020 • Dr. Ken Lang

Paul the Apostle was grieved by all that he saw in Athens, but his grief did not lead him to curse the darkness. He was prompted to connect with the people and share the gospel with them. He even quoted their own poets to make his point and call them to repentance saying, "He (God) has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man (Jesus) who he has appointed." (Acts 17:31) Let's allow our disappointments with our world prompt us to share the gospel with others. Pastor Ken

Acts 17:10-15

Audio • December 29, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

Peter tells us to be ready to give anyone an answer for the reason of hope that we have within us. (1 Peter 3:15). Beloved, I believe that our faith can stand up to scrutiny. Many have sought to disprove the gospels only to come to the conclusion that they are true and Christ is the Savior. I am convinced that honest doubts will always be answered and like Thomas, they will bow to the Savior and say, "My Lord and My God!" (John 20:28) Pastor Ken

Acts 17:1-9

Audio • December 15, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

Paul the Apostle spent just a few weeks with the believers in Thessalonica, but made a huge impact. Read the first letter to the church there! You will see a depth of commitment both theologically and practically. Paul commended their "work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 1:3) Would to God that we all impacted others with the gospel as the Apostle Paul did! Let's try this week to affect others with the love of Christ so they have faith, hope, and love too. Pastor Ken

Acts 16:16-40

Audio • December 8, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

Remember the old adage that says, "No good deed goes unpunished!" We say that when we do something good or nice for someone and we receive the opposite in return. Our frustration begs the question, "Then, why did we do it in the first place?" Was it to get some applause? Incur an obligation in someone? Let's do the right thing regardless of the response because it's the right thing to do and it will glorifies God. (See 1 Peter 3:13-17) Pastor Ken

Acts 16:6-15

Audio • November 17, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

The Psalmist said, "My times are in your hand" (Psalm 31:15) In addition, Paul said, "In him, we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28) God directs our paths and brings people into our lives that are ready to hear his voice like he did with Lydia. Who is God preparing to hear his gospel from you in your life? - Pastor Ken

Acts 16:1-5

Audio • Dr. Ken Lang

What would you give up to see a loved one come to Christ? Would your preference or comfort be so important that you would be willing to risk someone's eternal destiny? Paul didn't want anything not even food to get in the way of reaching someone with the gospel. He said, "Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble." (1 Corinthians 8:13) Let's be ready to adjust our lifestyles to impact others with the love of Christ. - Pastor Ken

Acts 15:36-41

Audio • November 3, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

Conflict is normal within human experience. Every relationship is going to experience conflict. How do we handle it when it comes is the issue. Are you a porcupine? Howard Hendricks said, "Many of us in the church are like porcupines trying to huddle together on a bitter cold night to keep each other warm, but we continually poke and hurt each other the closer we get." We need each other to grow and share the gospel - don't be a porcupine! Pastor Ken

Acts 15:1-35

Audio • October 27, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

From time to time, we will be confronted with choices that will determine our future. The key is to think through the issues honestly and evaluate the options in front of you. Then, ask yourself, "What would God want me to do in this situation?" Finally, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you move forward so you can say, "It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and me to decide to . . ." Pastor Ken

Acts 14:21-28

Audio • October 20, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

Testimonies are a powerful tool in communicating the gospel. We see the power of this in commercial advertising. Jesus told the demoniac at Gadara, "Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." (Mark 5:19) He went back to his family and told everyone what God did for him. We can do the same - share your story of all that God has done for you! Pastor Ken

Acts 14:1-28

Audio • October 13, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

Miracles (signs and wonders) - we would all like to see them and maybe, be encouraged by them. They don't seem to happen that often anymore or at least, not as much as in the Bible. C.S. Lewis said, "Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see." I guess they're there – we’ve just got to look for them! Pastor Ken

Acts 13:13-53

Audio • September 29, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

Just like the Apostles, we are going to face opposition to the gospel and our personal relationship with Christ. We might be tempted to give up thinking that it's not worth it. However, God sometimes uses opposition to redirect us in his will. Don't view opposition as an obstacle; see it as an opportunity! Paul was hindered from preaching the gospel in Asia, but God redirected him to preaching the gospel in Europe. (Acts 16:6-10) Pastor Ken

Acts 13:1-13

Audio • September 15, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

Remember Jake and Elwood from the "Blues Brothers?" They said they were on a "mission from God!" It's comical because we don't normally meet people who are on a direct "mission from God." Yet Barnabas and Saul were and believe it or not, so are we! We are his ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) and we are commissioned to bring the good news of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20). We are on a mission from God! Pastor Ken

Acts 12:20-25

Audio • September 8, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

Pride - a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements. –It gets in our way and often sends us down the wrong path. C.S. Lewis said, “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man." Remember, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6. Pastor Ken

Acts 12:1-19

Audio • September 1, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

The ways of God are inscrutable sometimes - impossible to determine or understand. One person is healed another isn't. One person keeps his job while another is laid off and both are Christians. On the surface it seems to be inequitable especially by the person who loses their job. As it's been said, "When someone else gets laid off - it's a recession; when I get laid off - it's a depression!" This is where trust in God's plan for us is vital - we don't know always know why but we can know that he loves us (Romans 8:28) Pastor Ken

Acts 11:19-30

Audio • August 25, 2019 • Dr. Ken Lang

Names are important - they can have power over us. “The Governor Dummer Academy” was named after the governor of the Massachusetts Territory in 1720. The name has since been the source of mockery, such as, “Students who come in, come out ‘Dummer.”They did change the name to Governor's Academy. "And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians." (Acts 11:26) What a great thing to be called - "a little Christ" because they reminded others of Jesus. What would people call you based on how you act? Pastor Ken

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