Beaten and Rejoicing :: Quietly Through Thursday (Plus Link-up)

…and when (the council) had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (Acts 5:40-42) Beaten and rejoicing. Those don’t sound like two words that complement each other. Or how about worth and shame? Again, words that I wouldn’t […]

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What Has He Given to You?

“‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29 NKJV Did anyone attend IF:Gathering or an IF:Local this weekend? The conference ended with a plea for us to make just one disciple. The message was loud and clear: there is no denying that Jesus has called us and given us His authority to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). And then I come to this passage this morning: the one about the parable of the […]

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