Welcome to the ACTS Podcast!

In the shipwreck, you may feel like you lost it all. Everything is in pieces.  But in the fragments, there are planks that remain-- pieces of desire, of dreams, of hope, of imagination, of longing, that rise to the top of you even now.  They are no longer attached neatly together, but they are still afloat in the swirling chaos of you. You may not need all of them. But almost certainly need one of them. (Martin, Jonathan--2016)

Direct download: Sermon_6-9-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
Comments[0]

James concerns his discourse with the outward fruits of faith as a man sees them.  God knows whether or not I am a true believer on the basis of my faith apart from any works, but men can only know whether or not I am a true believer as they observe my life outwardly. Jesus said we can distinguish between the true and the false only by man's fruits (Matthew 7:16, 21). (Leman Strauss, 1956, 1989)

Direct download: Sermon_6-2-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
Comments[0]

After appealing for qualities such as courage, willingness to suffer, and faithfulness in the life of a minister, (all Christians are ministers, servants) Paul borrowed images from daily life to illustrate the traits necessary for effective service. He pictures the effective minister in terms of a teacher (2:1-2), a soldier (2:3-4), an athlete (2:5), and a farmer (2:6).  He concluded with an appeal for Timothy to consider carefully the application of these images (2:7). Lea, Thomas D., Griffin, Hayne P. Jr., 1992, P.200)

Direct download: Sermon_5-26-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
Comments[0]

Sandra D. Wilson, PH.D., write in her book, "Hurt People Hurt People":Most of our adult life problems are the result of childhood solutions. In other words, something happened a long time ago that hurt us. We protected ourselves the only way we knew how.  But somewhere along the way to adulthood, our method stopped working. (1938; 2001, P. 85)

Direct download: Sermon_5-19-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
Comments[0]

The Apostle Paul often talked about the itinerant missionaries who were recognized by churches as constituting a distinct group among participants in the work of spreading the gospel (cf., e.g., Acts 14:4, 14; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11; 1 Th. 2:7).

Direct download: Sermon_5-12-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
Comments[0]

The storms that come will test us all, and it is entirely possible one comes to you that will in failure before the wind and waves recede.  But the Spirit in the wind whispers the words of Jesus again, inserting your own name for Simon's: I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail-- and even when you do.. that your faith may even grow stronger through your failure. (Martin, Jonathan; How to Survive a Shipwreck--Help is on the Way and Love is Already Here, Zondervan, (2016, P. 33))

Direct download: Sermon_4-28-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
Comments[0]

The first ambassadors of the resurrection message were the devoted women who were faithful to Jesus.  They gave the message to the eleven apostles who did not believe it! Did the apostles think that the women were deceived or delirious? Peter and John ran to examine the evidence (v. 12; John 20:1-18), but this left them bewildered.  What a difference it would have made had the believers only remembered and believed His promises! (Wiersbe, W. W. (1992). Wiersbes expository outlines on the New Testament (p. 204).Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.)

Direct download: Sermon_4-21-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
Comments[0]

Jesus taught the the key to surviving suffering was to remain connected to God. If we allow God to remain with us in our suffering, no matter how bad it feels, we can mature through the difficult times.  The intolerable becomes tolerable if we do not have to endure it alone. (Baker, Mark W. Ph. D. Jesus the Greatest Therapist Who Ever Lived.  Harper One, New York, NY 2007, P. 174)

Direct download: Sermon_4-14-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
Comments[0]

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

Direct download: Sermon_4-7-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
Comments[0]

Betrayal is treachery, deception, and violated trust. It can appear as a broken promise, duplicity, lies, sexual affairs, and even affairs of the heart.  The injury is so great some people seen to never recover.

Direct download: Sermon_3-24-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT
Comments[0]