Acts 11

Dedicated To Jun

 

Verses 19 – 21

 

19 Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews. 20 However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to the Gentiles about the Lord Jesus. 21 The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord.

 

 

the first thing that came to my mind was:

The Few.

The power of the Lord was with them.

who?

some of the believers.

 

i was wondering about this.

why the special emphasis on:

1. the believers preached, BUT ONLY TO THE JEWS.

2. SOME believers who preached to Gentiles.

3. the POWER of God was with them.

4. and the LARGE number of those Gentiles that turned to God.

 

i think its because of God’s movement. 

its quite obvious from the previous chapters that God wants to involve all the people in His saving Grace and Mercy.

Not just for the Jews.

these few believers were moving in God’s will.

the POWER of the Lord would have been with WHOEVER who moved with God.

 

again (as we see throughout the bible and as we see in life now) it’s the few,

The Willing.

God uses the few who are willing to move according to His will.

God uses the few who are willing to move out of their comfort zone.

God uses the few who are willing to give their time and energy.

 

don’t worry that you seem like you’re alone in ministry.

(it can be so discouraging that its the 20% of the church that does 80% of the work)

don’t worry that it seems like no one is willing.

God will still use you mightily.

you were willing.

God loves that and He empowers those who walk in His ways and purposes.

He blesses them and there will be great achievements not because we are good at what we do,

but because God is good at what He does, but he does it through the willing.

 

 

continue to be willing and trust God.

 

 

 

Romans 12:11-12

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

 

 

 

Response Or Choice

Hi Emmeline

 

i dedicate this song to you

 

 

 

 

What Is This Love?

 

i have a theory that any relationship requires two parties to be involved.

whether its siblings, parents, friends, best friends, acquaintances, or spouse.

you need two to call it a relationship.

but love, is a one person involvement.

i can love you without your permission.

i can love you without you knowing.

i can love you even if you downright don’t want it.

imagine if we needed permission to love our babies.

how long do we have to wait for them to learn to respond?

and they probably wont live that long if we didnt love them.

 

which is why love is a choice.

NOT a response.

 

but here i am feeling in my heart different from what i believe.

why is it so easy to love and care for strangers without them acknowledging or needing them to show gratitude?

but its so hard to love and care for close friends and family without expecting them to show acknowledgement and gratitude?

its like. i want them to love me back.

sure its a natural response,

we were created to give love and receive love.

but i think its not good to EXPECT it too much.

it only allows room for hurt and disappointment.

 

 

Dedicated To

here are some songs that i’d like to dedicate to some people i love =)

Justin

Jesus Freak by dc Talk – Cover by 4th Avenue Jones

Message: no message. just music. =)

Jeremy

Jesus Freak by dc Talk – Cover by Chasing Victory

Message: thought you might appreciate this. hahaha. its the same some as justin’s if u didnt¬†realize.

Daniel

What If I Stumble by dc Talk – Concert Cover by Sarah Kelly

 

Message: this is cool hehe