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“Better for us to obey God than men!” Acts 5:29

Obedience brings blessing. There are many absurd stories of men in the Bible who obeyed strange things that God told them to do. I can imagine how difficult that was! How Noah had to suspend his rational thinking when he obeyed God and built an ark. How Abraham had to leave all that was familiar for the unfamiliar. And how about Moses?!!!
When I was young, I went on a month long trip to Europe with my mom. I enjoyed it so much I vowed I would go back as soon as I saved enough money. Ten years after, on January 1, during my prayer time, when I had the money, I asked God permission to go back. I felt God say, "Go to Jerusalem." I was supremely disappointed. For a young girl, Jerusalem meant serious praying, not fun. I countered, "You have to confirm that, God!" The next day, I was back at prayer and asked God again. I opened the Bible, and out jumped at me the words, "Go to Jerusalem. That is where you will see my face." Sighing, I set out to obey. But every trip to Jerusalem I joined, did not push through. Even when I gave money, the tour operator would refund the money. I got very frustrated!

Then I was invited to the Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon (The Joy of the Lord) Covenant Community. The first time I attended a gathering as a member, the leader said, "In our district, we have a yearly theme. Our theme this year is "Holiness: Following Jesus to Jerusalem. To be led where we would rather not go. (John 21:18)" I thought the theme was very strange! Who makes a theme like that? But I had a feeling that Ligaya was my Jerusalem. When we were singing our hearts out to God, the head knowledge that Ligaya was my Jerusalem travelled down to my heart. It was like something concrete going down from my head to my heart and I could follow its path. When it reached my heart, God spoke and said, "Yes, this is your Jerusalem."

Yes, obedience brings blessing. In my community, I see the face of God through my wonderful brothers and sisters. I see the generosity of God, His goodness, forgiveness, His compassion. I met my husband in community. Today is our 21st wedding anniversary! We had a double wedding with my sister who also met her husband in community. How wonderful to be surrounded by God's love and blessing!

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"Go out now..and preach..all about this new life." Acts 5:20

After Jesus died, the apostles saw Him several times. He told them that they would receive power, and that they were to proclaim the good news to all the ends of the earth.  From timid, scared men who were hiding, they became bold and fervent, and witnessed every where. They preached and performed many miraculous signs. Some people would get healed just from being under Peter's shadow.  So you can imagine the crowds and commotion that followed them!

The High Priest and the Sadducees were not happy about this! They were jealous and threw the apostles in jail.  But an angel came in the night and set them free. "Go out now ...and preach to the people about this new life!"  And so Peter and the apostles went back to the Temple at dawn and started preaching!

Do we realize that we too have been set free?  It may not be from an actual jail cell, but sin and death can be as real and confining as a jail cell.  If we have no addiction to sexual sin, if we have no need of inner healing, if we are free from depression, if we are not bound by a desire for alcohol, that is by the grace of God! We live in a broken society where so many are in need of freedom.  If we are free, let us help others who are not free by giving them the message of life like the apostles were driven to do.  If we have need of healing, let us go to Jesus and say, "Lord, I want to be free! Pour down Your grace upon me! I need You! Forgive me and heal my brokenness!"  Truly God's lavish and extravagant grace, His unmerited favor,  is available to all! 

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"There was a certain Levite from Cyprus named Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (meaning 'son of encouragement')."  Acts 4:36

What's in a name?  This man Joseph must have been a real encourager to merit a change of name from the apostles! Sometimes God changes names in the Bible, but it's because of a future mission, like Simon to Peter (the Rock), or Abram to Abraham (father of many nations), Sarai to Sarah (Mother of many nations), Jacob to Israel (having power with God), etc.  The name change had something to do with what God would make of that person.  But in the case of Barnabas, the apostles called him Barnabas because of what Barnabas already was.  He embodied the spirit of encouragement.  

After Saul was converted to the Christian way, and others were still skeptical about him, and avoided him, it was Barnabas who befriended and defended him. (Luke 9:26-27) He really gave Paul a chance to grow in leadership as he asked Paul to co-pastor with him in Antioch.  (Acts 11:25-26)  Paul and Barnabas undertook many missionary journeys.  Barnabas also sold his land and gave the money to the apostles to distribute to those in need.  Barnabas also liked giving people another chance, he didn't give up on them.  Although Paul did not want to work with John Mark again as he had deserted them in a missionary journey, Barnabas insisted he would go with John Mark  to Cyprus after a sharp disagreement with Paul.  This only shows  saints aren't perfect! These are real people who get disappointed, who need to work through disagreements, and fail in some way or another.  And that's why we need encouragers like Barnabas!

Let's work towards a Barnabas spirit of encouragement! The Church needs more people to build others up, and bring out the best in others! 

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"There was a certain Levite from Cyprus named Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (meaning 'son of encouragement')."  Acts 4:36

What's in a name?  This man Joseph must have been a real encourager to merit a change of name from the apostles! Sometimes God changes names in the Bible, but it's because of a future mission, like Simon to Peter (the Rock), or Abram to Abraham (father of many nations), Sarai to Sarah (Mother of many nations), Jacob to Israel (having power with God), etc.  The name change had something to do with what God would make of that person.  But in the case of Barnabas, the apostles called him Barnabas because of what Barnabas already was.  He embodied the spirit of encouragement.  

After Saul was converted to the Christian way, and others were still skeptical about him, and avoided him, it was Barnabas who befriended and defended him. (Luke 9:26-27) He really gave Paul a chance to grow in leadership as he asked Paul to co-pastor with him in Antioch.  (Acts 11:25-26)  Paul and Barnabas undertook many missionary journeys.  Barnabas also sold his land and gave the money to the apostles to distribute to those in need.  Barnabas also liked giving people another chance, he didn't give up on them.  Although Paul did not want to work with John Mark again as he had deserted them in a missionary journey, Barnabas insisted he would go with John Mark  to Cyprus after a sharp disagreement with Paul.  This only shows  saints aren't perfect! These are real people who get disappointed, who need to work through disagreements, and fail in some way or another.  And that's why we need encouragers like Barnabas!

Let's work towards a Barnabas spirit of encouragement! The Church needs more people to build others up, and bring out the best in others! 

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"The place where they gathered shook as they prayed." Acts 4:31

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I did not realize that what occurred in Acts 2 was repeated in Acts chapter 4.  Believers who were gathered in one place were filled with the Holy Spirit.  This means that "Pentecost", a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ did not happen just once, but probably several times.  

In Wikipedia, I learned that Pentecost is the old Greek and Latin name for the Jewish harvest festival, or Festival of Weeks which can be found in the Hebrew Bible. It is also called the Day of the First Fruits. As Pentecost is also known as the birthday of the Church, it is really the day of the first fruits of the Church. In 2 Timothy 1 verse 6, Saint Paul urges Timothy to "kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands."  "To stir into flame" is another translation of this verse.  I remember the first time I was laid hands on. Nothing happened.  I was too interested in the noise and activity that was happening around me.  People were speaking in tongues, and falling over chairs, and wailing.  I went to several Life in the Spirit seminars after that. It is all right for us to keep wanting to get an infilling of the Spirit. It is all right for us to ask to be laid hands on, prayed over. Just as God breathed on Adam, that "dead" body into life, and the Holy Spirit breathed into the "dead" body of the Church in Acts, so we too can keep asking Jesus to breathe His Spirit into us, that we may not be ineffective in our work as His people.  There is not a single person that God can't use if we have His Spirit in us! 

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"...the power that has conquered the world is this faith of ours." 1 John 5:5

In the 20th chapter of John, there is the famous story of doubting Thomas, the one disciple who refused to believe the others when they said they had seen Jesus.  He said, "I'll never believe it without probing the nail-prints in His hands, without putting my finger in the nail-marks and my hand into His side."  And so he went a week being skeptical.  Perhaps the disciples kept convincing him, and he would question them, and scoff, and say, "Psshaw! What a big fish story!" for fishermen are peerless when it comes to exaggeration!  

Then after a week of this, Jesus comes again and shows Himself to Thomas and the other disciples. He invites Thomas to do what he needs to believe.  Finally Thomas comes to this realization: "My Lord and my God!"  Then Jesus gives this promise which we can can claim: "You, Thomas, became a believer because you saw Me.  Blessed are they who have not seen and have believed." (John 20:29)

That's you and me. Believers who have not seen.  There's a special blessing for you and me.  We believe even though we have not put our fingers into the marks of the nails.  We believe even if we did not follow Jesus around for 3 years, and watch Him make the blind see and witness Lazarus coming back to life.  Just as Jesus did what Thomas needed for him to believe, I do believe Jesus will do what is necessary for our faith to grow.  He wants us to conquer the world, and we can only do that through faith!

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"...they refused to believe it." Mark 16:11

The writer of the Gospel of Mark is John Mark, who traveled with the apostle Paul. When he settled in Rome, he wrote down Peter's recollections of Jesus' life. The last chapter of his writings are a short summary of what happens after Jesus' death, 
starting from when the women discover the empty tomb.  
The disciples did not believe Mary Magdalene when she delivered the news that Jesus was alive. Neither did they believe Cleopas and his companion when they reported seeing Jesus
on the way to Emmaus.

Jesus then appeared to them and rebuked them for their disbelief- 
"their stubborn refusal to believe".  Do you think Jesus is frustrated with the disciples here? Disappointed?  Is He thinking they are hopeless? He can't depend on them? That they can't be trusted with the mission He wants to give them?

On the contrary, right after rebuking them, He says,
"Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to everyone, everywhere." I can imagine Jesus being frustrated with a lot of us!
We are being given so much! We are entrusted with so much treasure in His Word. What do we do with it?  But then I know, because I see it in my own life, that no matter how much I fail, Jesus never gives up on me. He still gives and gives and gives!  Every day, He opens up His treasure chest.
And every day, I just want to shout, "Yes, God is good!"

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"There was a certain Levite from Cyprus named Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (meaning 'son of encouragement')."  Acts 4:36

What's in a name?  This man Joseph must have been a real encourager to merit a change of name from the apostles! Sometimes God changes names in the Bible, but it's because of a future mission, like Simon to Peter (the Rock), or Abram to Abraham (father of many nations), Sarai to Sarah (Mother of many nations), Jacob to Israel (having power with God), etc.  The name change had something to do with what God would make of that person.  But in the case of Barnabas, the apostles called him Barnabas because of what Barnabas already was.  He embodied the spirit of encouragement.  

After Saul was converted to the Christian way, and others were still skeptical about him, and avoided him, it was Barnabas who befriended and defended him. (Luke 9:26-27) He really gave Paul a chance to grow in leadership as he asked Paul to co-pastor with him in Antioch.  (Acts 11:25-26)  Paul and Barnabas undertook many missionary journeys.  Barnabas also sold his land and gave the money to the apostles to distribute to those in need.  Barnabas also liked giving people another chance, he didn't give up on them.  Although Paul did not want to work with John Mark again as he had deserted them in a missionary journey, Barnabas insisted he would go with John Mark  to Cyprus after a sharp disagreement with Paul.  This only shows  saints aren't perfect! These are real people who get disappointed, who need to work through disagreements, and fail in some way or another.  And that's why we need encouragers like Barnabas!

Let's work towards a Barnabas spirit of encouragement! The Church needs more people to build others up, and bring out the best in others! 

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"There was a certain Levite from Cyprus named Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (meaning 'son of encouragement')."  Acts 4:36

What's in a name?  This man Joseph must have been a real encourager to merit a change of name from the apostles! Sometimes God changes names in the Bible, but it's because of a future mission, like Simon to Peter (the Rock), or Abram to Abraham (father of many nations), Sarai to Sarah (Mother of many nations), Jacob to Israel (having power with God), etc.  The name change had something to do with what God would make of that person.  But in the case of Barnabas, the apostles called him Barnabas because of what Barnabas already was.  He embodied the spirit of encouragement.  

After Saul was converted to the Christian way, and others were still skeptical about him, and avoided him, it was Barnabas who befriended and defended him. (Luke 9:26-27) He really gave Paul a chance to grow in leadership as he asked Paul to co-pastor with him in Antioch.  (Acts 11:25-26)  Paul and Barnabas undertook many missionary journeys.  Barnabas also sold his land and gave the money to the apostles to distribute to those in need.  Barnabas also liked giving people another chance, he didn't give up on them.  Although Paul did not want to work with John Mark again as he had deserted them in a missionary journey, Barnabas insisted he would go with John Mark  to Cyprus after a sharp disagreement with Paul.  This only shows  saints aren't perfect! These are real people who get disappointed, who need to work through disagreements, and fail in some way or another.  And that's why we need encouragers like Barnabas!

Let's work towards a Barnabas spirit of encouragement! The Church needs more people to build others up, and bring out the best in others! 

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"The place where they gathered shook as they prayed." Acts 4:31

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I did not realize that what occurred in Acts 2 was repeated in Acts chapter 4.  Believers who were gathered in one place were filled with the Holy Spirit.  This means that "Pentecost", a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ did not happen just once, but probably several times.  

In Wikipedia, I learned that Pentecost is the old Greek and Latin name for the Jewish harvest festival, or Festival of Weeks which can be found in the Hebrew Bible. It is also called the Day of the First Fruits. As Pentecost is also known as the birthday of the Church, it is really the day of the first fruits of the Church. In 2 Timothy 1 verse 6, Saint Paul urges Timothy to "kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands."  "To stir into flame" is another translation of this verse.  I remember the first time I was laid hands on. Nothing happened.  I was too interested in the noise and activity that was happening around me.  People were speaking in tongues, and falling over chairs, and wailing.  I went to several Life in the Spirit seminars after that. It is all right for us to keep wanting to get an infilling of the Spirit. It is all right for us to ask to be laid hands on, prayed over. Just as God breathed on Adam, that "dead" body into life, and the Holy Spirit breathed into the "dead" body of the Church in Acts, so we too can keep asking Jesus to breathe His Spirit into us, that we may not be ineffective in our work as His people.  There is not a single person that God can't use if we have His Spirit in us! 

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"...the power that has conquered the world is this faith of ours." 1 John 5:5

In the 20th chapter of John, there is the famous story of doubting Thomas, the one disciple who refused to believe the others when they said they had seen Jesus.  He said, "I'll never believe it without probing the nail-prints in His hands, without putting my finger in the nail-marks and my hand into His side."  And so he went a week being skeptical.  Perhaps the disciples kept convincing him, and he would question them, and scoff, and say, "Psshaw! What a big fish story!" for fishermen are peerless when it comes to exaggeration!  

Then after a week of this, Jesus comes again and shows Himself to Thomas and the other disciples. He invites Thomas to do what he needs to believe.  Finally Thomas comes to this realization: "My Lord and my God!"  Then Jesus gives this promise which we can can claim: "You, Thomas, became a believer because you saw Me.  Blessed are they who have not seen and have believed." (John 20:29)

That's you and me. Believers who have not seen.  There's a special blessing for you and me.  We believe even though we have not put our fingers into the marks of the nails.  We believe even if we did not follow Jesus around for 3 years, and watch Him make the blind see and witness Lazarus coming back to life.  Just as Jesus did what Thomas needed for him to believe, I do believe Jesus will do what is necessary for our faith to grow.  He wants us to conquer the world, and we can only do that through faith!

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"...the power that has conquered the world is this faith of ours." 1 John 5:5

In the 20th chapter of John, there is the famous story of doubting Thomas, the one disciple who refused to believe the others when they said they had seen Jesus.  He said, "I'll never believe it without probing the nail-prints in His hands, without putting my finger in the nail-marks and my hand into His side."  And so he went a week being skeptical.  Perhaps the disciples kept convincing him, and he would question them, and scoff, and say, "Psshaw! What a big fish story!" for fishermen are peerless when it comes to exaggeration!  

Then after a week of this, Jesus comes again and shows Himself to Thomas and the other disciples. He invites Thomas to do what he needs to believe.  Finally Thomas comes to this realization: "My Lord and my God!"  Then Jesus gives this promise which we can can claim: "You, Thomas, became a believer because you saw Me.  Blessed are they who have not seen and have believed." (John 20:29)

That's you and me. Believers who have not seen.  There's a special blessing for you and me.  We believe even though we have not put our fingers into the marks of the nails.  We believe even if we did not follow Jesus around for 3 years, and watch Him make the blind see and witness Lazarus coming back to life.  Just as Jesus did what Thomas needed for him to believe, I do believe Jesus will do what is necessary for our faith to grow.  He wants us to conquer the world, and we can only do that through faith!

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Welcome to my blog HeARTworks! Greetings from the Philippines! My name is Patsy and I've been married for 19 years to a man with a good heart. We have one son who is as funny as his dad. I have been working in our family business, papemelroti, since I was 11. When I get home from work, I stay in my craft room and make collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and think of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. I would be happy for you to use anything on my blog, but please link to me and leave me a comment. I want to be passionate about God's passions so I also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about our service in the QC Jail.
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