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“So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name” (Acts 5:41 NKJV).

From: June 7, 2020


Peter and some of the apostles were put in the common prison by the high priest for continuing to preach in the name of Jesus. That night, an angel set them free from the prison and instructed them to go and preach in the Temple courts. When the high priest brought the council together that morning, he sent to the prison for the apostles. But the officers returned with word that the prison doors were locked and the guards still in place, but the apostles were gone. Then, another came exclaiming, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!”
So they arrested them again and brought them before the council to command them to stop preaching in the name of Jesus. When Peter again insisted that they “ought to obey God rather than men,” they plotted to kill the apostles. However, the highly respected Rabbi Gamaliel intervened, convincing the council that if these apostles were of men, the movement would soon die out. And if it were of God, they could not stop it anyway. So, the council again warned the disciples and after beating them, they were released.
After being arrested, imprisoned, beaten and then released, the apostles rejoiced. Why? Was it because they were freed. No. It was because they had been counted worthy of suffering shame for the Name. They rejoiced because they were counted worthy of being inducted into the fellowship of suffering with Christ Jesus.
PRAYER: Dear Father, we would not choose suffering, but Lord help us not to turn from it when the name of Jesus is on the line. For we will speak and teach in the Name. We will say the Name over all things and declare the only Name by which people may be saved. We are determined to live and die with Jesus in our hearts and on our lips. In His name we pray, amen.

‘Now the days of David drew near that he should die, and he charged Solomon his son, saying: “I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man.”‘ (1 Kings 2:1-2 NKJV).

From: June 7, 2017

David’s last words to his son, Solomon, sound somewhat generic: “Be strong and prove yourself a man.” Yet, the verses that follow show that what he meant was that Solomon should “be strong” in the Lord and in His promises. And what he meant by “prove yourself a man,” was not about being macho, but about keeping the charge of the Lord and always walking in His ways.
David understood strength and manhood differently than the world. He wanted his son, Solomon, to be strong in the Lord and to walk as God’s man in all His ways. Yet, Solomon would not prove to be the man that David had hoped for, turning away to worship false gods as he grew older.
But God did not forget His promise that David would not “lack a man on Israel’s throne.” He sent His only Son, Jesus, to be born into the line of David, and to establish His eternal kingdom. Jesus was strong in the Lord and proved Himself the Son of Man, who takes away the sins of the world.
As Pilate said, “Behold the man!” (John 19:5).

‘But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29 ESV)

From: June 7, 2016

When the Jewish council again brought the apostles before them for preaching in Jesus’ name, ordering them to stop, Peter replied that their ultimate obedience was to God. In other words, the ruling that the council gave went contrary to the command of Christ, therefore the apostles had chosen to obey Him. In all other regards, the apostles and the early Christians were taught to be model citizens, obeying the human authorities over them. But when man’s law went against God’s, they chose to obey God.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 16:25 NKJV)

From: June 7, 2015

There are those who say that there are many ways to God. They say that all religions are essentially the same, so it doesn’t really matter what you believe as long as you have faith. Yet, God’s Word says otherwise. Jesus talked about this. He warned, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matt. 7:13-14). So, what is the right way, where is this narrow gate? Jesus answered this question. He said, “I am the gate” (John 10:9). He also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). What you believe matters. There is only one right way: Jesus.

From: June 7, 2014

014 – Uganda mission trip. June 7th through 22nd. Unable to post during the trip.

“And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: ‘Jesus is the Messiah.'” (Acts 5:42)

From: June 7, 2012

When? Daily. Where? Large gatherings in the Temple and small groups in homes. What message? Jesus is the Christ!

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 5:42)

From: June 7, 2011

Where: Temple and house. How: Preaching and teaching. When: Daily. Commitment: Never stopped. Message: Jesus is the Christ. What’s your strategy?