Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Today I visited the PalermoBibleFamilyChurch where Pastor
Michael Jacobsen gave the Sunday Sermon taken from Acts 5:17-33
And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were
done among the people, and the Priests and church leaders were moved with anger
and shut them up in the prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and
brought them out, and said, “Go, stand in
the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”
The next morning the officers reported; “Indeed we
found the prison shut securely, and the guards standing outside before the
doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside!” One came and told them, saying, “Look, the men whom you put
in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”
Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without
violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. And the high priest asked them, saying, “Did we not
strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you
have filled Jerusalem
with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!”
But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to
obey God rather than men.”
The apostles were bold in
their defiance to preach and teach about Christ Jesus.
Here in America we have
freedom to carry our Bible and speak about our faith.In other lands over 160,000 Christians and many
Preachers have been murdered for their faith in Jesus.
“You can count on me” said
Peter to Jesus, but shortly afterwards he denied Christ three times. After Jesus was crucified the
disciples were humiliated and hiding in fear.
After Pentecost they became
BOLD in defiance, BOLD in their verbal witness, and BOLD in their lives in a
new way of living.
Question:Would you go
to jail for your faith?Think about it
and be honest.
Here in America, slowly
our freedom is being taken from us.We
are being stripped of our Christian heritage.No longer is the Bible and prayer in our schools.Yet other religions are being taught there.
Pastor gave an illustration
of a teacher wearing a shirt with Christian words.The principal told him to remove his shirt
and never wear it again at school.The
teacher said, there are others who wear shirts with profanity and dirty words
propagating evil.Until you tell them to
remove their shirts, I will continue to wear mine.
Jesus told us to Love God
with all our hearts and to love people.We must not shut up our bowels of compassion.This is what I believe and thus is what I
share your faith in Christ?
God arranges for us Devine
appointments for us to witness.God will
take situations and turn them into opportunities.Everything that happens is God ordained.
There was a man called by God
to preach.He hesitated.God said, you were not my first choice.God continued, you were not my second or third
choice.The man said, I may not be your
first, second or third choice, but I will go and preach.
May we all be as these
disciples; an Unstoppable and Bold believer.