Jealousy and Truth

The high priest rose up and all his companions, that is, the part of the Sadducees, and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail. Acts 5: 17 But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in[read more]

Holding All In Common

The community of believers was of one  heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.  With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.  There was no needy person among[read more]

Speaking Boldly

“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness, as you stretch forth your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4: 29-30 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter[read more]

None Dared Ask Him

Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.”  And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are  you?” because they realized it was the Lord.  Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish.  This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his[read more]

Deepening Discipleship

Mary, thinking that he is the gardener, says to him, “My lord, if you have carried him off, tell me where you put him, and I will take him away.”  Jesus says to her, “Mary.”  Turning, she says to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni” (which means “Teacher”).  Jesus says to her, “Do not cling to me,[read more]

Fear and New Life

“God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses.  Exalted at the right hand of God, he poured forth the promise of the Holy Spirit that he received from the Father, as you both see and hear.” Acts 2:32-33 And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.  They approached, embraced his[read more]

Where Is God Now?

The Judaeans answered Pilate, “We have a Law, and according to the Law he ought to die because he has made himself out to be God’s Son.”  When, therefore, Pilate heard this statement he was more afraid, and again went into the Praetorium and says to Jesus, “Where are you from?”  But Jesus did not[read more]

Do As I Have Done

So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?  You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am.  If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,[read more]

Friendship and Betrayal

The Lord God is my help, / therefore I am not disgraced; / I have set my face like flint, / knowing that I shall not be put to shame. / He is near who upholds my right; / if anyone wishes to oppose me, / let us appear together. / Who disputes my right?[read more]