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Three guys were tried for crimes against humanity.

Two guys committed crimes.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were given government trials.
Two guys had fair trials.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were whipped and beaten.
Two guys had it coming.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were given crosses to carry.
Two guys earned their crosses.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were mocked and spit at along the way.
Two guys cursed and spit back.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were nailed to crosses.
Two guys deserved it.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys agonized over their abandonment.
Two guys had reason to be abandoned.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys talked while hanging on their crosses.
Two guys argued.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys knew death was coming.
Two guys resisted.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys died on three crosses.

Three days later.
Two guys remained in their graves.
One guy didn’t.

~ Author Unknown


Bill here

Praise the Lord that one guy didn't  stay in the grave. He Is Risen!

BillGlenney Apr 9 '17 · Comments: 2
“Easter comes but once a year,”

So many people say,
But, to a person saved from sin,
It’s Easter every day!

A man, when saved or “born again”
His life, to Christ, will give,
And, as a new-born babe in Christ,
He’s just begun to live.

“I am the resurrection, life,”
The Savior, one day, said;
‘And he, believing in my word,
Shall live, though he be dead.”

And that well known Apostle,
Paul, in Philippi made plain;
“For me to live is Jesus Christ,
For me to die is gain.”

So when the Blood of Christ,
our Lord, Redeems a soul from sin;
Every day is Easter,
For Jesus lives within!


~ Author Unknown

BillGlenney Apr 9 '17

United States (and in most Western countries), on food-related diseases and a major cause of death for a long representation. Contemporary western people this epidemic diseases (50% or more than half of the population), but it is rarely limited to the Western people. Now, I'm the oldest of your life, do not recommend living in modern society give. On the contrary. You will lose weight and be healthy, and to avoid the modern diet and "Cave food" or diet to eat more if the Palio, but are certainly a step in the right direction. Do not want to lose weight. Currently, there is no one on the left is not interested in losing weight. To treat or prevent obesity and other weight-related diseases, or to look good, and the fact that more and more people have diets that are designed for weight loss.

When you're on a diet, you usually have a strict diet and stick to a single food will go to only one kind or type. The usual practice in these days of low-carbohydrate diet or a low-protein diet often simply never follow both. Pure low-protein diet low CARB or when working for others, it may cause the body to digestive problems only if all body types are the same. That promote weight loss, and for most people when it comes to foods that are willing to believe anything. Culture that is prevalent in our society embraces with her beauty and love. Moreover, the concept of beauty that Americans - people around the world - thin arms, small waist, including the slim legs. To achieve the desired weight loss is that more and more people are stupid and curious and eager to experiment with other modern trends in diet is easy to see why. Secret follower, however, society is making waves in the diet. 

sagasan Apr 4 '17
Philip: Consistency

Can we say what we study last week a bad thing?

Like why does bad things happen to good people.  We all know Steven life cut short.

Why would you think it wasnt a bad thing?
- Steven saw Jesus
- Steven was ready
- What happened to the Church from that day and on?

What do you think of happen to Steven had started?
the Gospel started  to Spread out side of Jerusalem,Israel. many who heard or saw Steven Bold Stand had left the areaBUT as they did they shared the Gospel

Imagine  someone eagerly volunteered to join the group his church was sending on a mission trip to a foreign country. He long had wanted to see this country. Now, with the church underwriting part of the expenses, he could afford to go. He was minimally involved in the group's work but returned with glowing accounts of what he had seen.

Later, when he was asked to participate in his church's outreach ministry, he said he was too busy. He lamely added he would take part when his pace slowed.  

Sadly, many believers do little to spread the gospel. To be sure, they attend church; but they do not think about spreading the gospel at work, at parties, or over a meal with friends. They would never think spreading the gospel is appropriate in community meetings; in conversations with neighbors; or on trips to a grocery store, a gas station, or a barber/beauty shop. That God might direct them to speak to a specific person on one of these occasions is foreign to them.

Others want to spread the gospel and even go on mission trips, but many, like the story above, some do so more for the sites than for the missions. They may keep records for VBS or register people for a medical clinic but never realize they have other opportunities there to spread the gospel. God wants all Christians to spread the gospel everywhere they go.

This lesson will challenge believers who confine their Christianity to what they do at church and rarely if ever witness verbally. It also will challenge Christians who are not sure the Spirit would ever direct them to a specific person in need of the gospel.

Acts 8:1-3 Summery
The Pharisees instigated persecution against the Jerusalem church (Acts 8:1).

The apostles remained in Jerusalem, but other believers scattered into Judea and Samaria. Saul, a Pharisee, hunted down believers and imprisoned them (vv. 2-3)

New Circumstances
(Acts 8:4-8)

read verse
4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.
5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there.
6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said.
7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
8 So there was great joy in that city.

in Verse 4, The Pharisees' persecution of believers, spearheaded by Saul, was designed to stamp out the church. They thought it would be an easy job because of Steven's dead would make the believer to reject Jesus.  Instead, believers who were scattered went on their way proclaiming the . . . good news. Wherever they went , the believer Shared the Gospel, remember the prayer for boldness, the prayer continued to hold true to these believers.

How can we view new circumstances into which we are thrust?
(as unwanted changes, as challenges, as opportunities, as threats)

How can we respond to new circumstances?
(uncertainty, anxiety, fear, optimism, excitement)

Philip was one of the seven men the church selected to help in the daily distribution to needy believers (see Acts 6:5). Philip preached the Messiah to its people. He proclaimed Jesus as God's promised Anointed One, the long-awaited Deliverer. Though Philip was in new circumstances as a result of the Pharisees' persecution, he continued to spread the good news.

In verse 6 & 7 is more EVIDENCE of holy spirits at work. Philip's words were accompanied by signs-miraculous deeds that pointed beyond themselves to Jesus' presence and power. These signs confirmed Philip's message. Philip's powerful words and acts were riveting.  Through Philip, Christ's power (Holy Spirits was making people whole. With loud cries, unclean spirits . . . came out of individuals who had been possessed. In addition many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.  

Verse 8. Understandably the Samaritans were elated that people were healed, but they also rejoiced that God's grace in Christ included them.

History Alert for Verse 8

That Philip preached the gospel in Samaria is significant. Jews and Samaritans shared a mutual enmity. Jews viewed Samaritans as half-breeds and shunned contact with them. When the Assyrians conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C., they had deported the cream of Israelite society and imported non-Jews. Jews and non-Jews intermarried and produced a new race of people. Later, Jews returning from Babylonian exile refused the Samaritans' help in rebuilding Jerusalem's temple and walls (see Ezra 4:1-3; Neh. 4:7)

And Today. Believers are to spread the gospel even when we are in new circumstances we did not choose. New circumstances present new opportunities. We can spread the gospel in ways other than a verbal witness. Leaving gospel tracts or Christian magazines, giving away Bibles, performing caring acts, and inviting others to church are just a few possibilities.


Challenging Conditions
(Acts 8:9-13)

Read Verse
9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great,
10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.”
11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery.
12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

Simon amazed people with his tricks and claimed to be somebody great. His boast of greatness may have been a claim to be a messianic figure. At any rate, he claimed to be extraordinary; and people bought into his deception. People from all levels of the Samaritan city's society paid attention to Simon (v. 10). They said, "This man is called the Great Power of God!" The title the Great Power of God expressed the people's belief that Simon embodied and channeled God's power or that he was one who revealed God. Clearly, Simon represented a false spiritualism. The people listened to him because his magic tricks had amazed them for a long time.

In Verse 12. The situation in the Samaritan city changed when Philip preached and restored people to wholeness through Christ's power. Both men and women were baptized is evidence that, in response to Philip's ministry, people placed their faith in Christ.

What could Simon be feeling when Philip came in to "town"?
could be the same way the Jewish Leaders felt, their ego, power or position threatening

In Verse 13. Somewhat surprisingly, even Simon . . . believed and was baptized. Then, Simon stuck to Philip like glue. The signs and great miracles . . . performed by Philip amazed Simon.

You have questioned the motivation, sincerity and genuineness of Simon's conversion experience. Verses 18-24 apparently show His belief was not genuine saving faith. At best, His commitment was surface.

Was his motivation to discover Philip's secret? Later evidence seems to call for a yes answer.

What evidences in a person's life point to genuine commitment to Christ?

Why Do you think Sorcery is forbidden in the Jewish life?
It is a way to imitate God's power without crediting Him as the Source

And Today. Some situations present challenges to spreading the gospel. Instead of being intimidated, we are to be faithful in telling the good news.

Acts 8:26-28 Summery

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” and on his way, he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet.


Special Situations
(Acts 8:29-31,35-38)

Read Verse
29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”

37 Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.

What can we learn from Philip's approach to the eunuch?
(obey God's leading, approach people, ask questions, present the gospel)

In Verse 35. The eunuch was reading Isaiah 53:7-8, part of the Suffering Servant Songs in Isaiah. The eunuch asked the identity of the Person described in the passage. In response Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus. If we are not careful, we miss something significant at this point. Jesus saw Himself in terms of the Suffering Servant of Isaiah. He did not fit the model of a military/political Messiah who would free the Jews from Roman rule and restore Israel to the glory the nation had enjoyed under David.

Instead, Jesus would offer Himself vicariously for people's sins. He would suffer and die so people could experience salvation and life with God now and forever. Jesus was the first to merge the concepts of Suffering Servant and Messiah. The early Christian witnesses grasped this connection between Isaiah's Suffering Servant and Jesus. They interpreted the Suffering Servant Songs in light of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. Jesus fulfilled those prophecies.

In Verse 36. As the chariot continued down the road, at some point the eunuch responded positively to Philip's presentation of the gospel. When they came to some water, the eunuch asked whether anything prevented him from being baptized.

What was the necessary requirement for baptism?

In Verse 37. In some Greek manuscripts omit this verse. However, the verse reflects an early Christian baptismal confession and is treated here as genuine. Philip answered, If you believe with all your heart you may. Faith in Christ precedes baptism. The word believe means "to trust," and "to commit oneself." The eunuch was not merely to accept mentally what Philip presented; he was to commit his life wholeheartedly to Christ.
In Verse 38. The eunuch and Philip went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. At this time all baptism was by immersion, evidenced by the actions of going down into the water and coming up out again.

A miracle  exist in Verse 39
39  And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

The Ethiopian eunuch's conversion represents another barrier the gospel overcame on its way to including all people.

First, some Jews in Jerusalem heard the good news of Christ and responded positively.

Then Philip preached to Samaritans, who were people of a mixed race.

In Acts 8:26-40, an Ethiopian eunuch-a foreigner and a God-fearer- received the gospel.

The gospel was spreading geographically, but it also was smashing through the barriers of racial pride and prejudice, religion, and narrow nationalism to include all people.

Believers are also to spread the gospel in special God-given situations. Sometimes the Lord puts people in our paths who need to hear the good news.

Although we are not to wait for "divine appointments" to proclaim the good news, God does provide special situations as opportunities to witness. He sometimes leads us to people who need to know about His love and grace in Christ.   

BillGlenney Feb 4 '17
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