The Class of Antioch – Good News for April 27

27 04 2010

John 10:22-30

The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

Act of the Apostles 11:19-26

Those who had been scattered by the persecution that arose because of Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but Jews. There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however, who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well, proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number who believed turned to the Lord.

The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. And a large number of people was added to the Lord.

Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the Church and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.

The Daily Path: Large numbers were added to the Lord from across a wide spectrum of people. Give me all people. No quotas. All are invited. Mass immigration to the Christ.





I’m Not Dead Yet! – Good News for May 13

13 05 2009

Acts 14:19-28

In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered around him,
he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the Kingdom of God.”

They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith. Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. And when they arrived, they called the Church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. Then they spent no little time with the disciples.

The Daily Path: Can you believe this one? First Paul is stoned by a crowd and believed dead. So the Jews drag his body out of the city. Then Paul comes back to life as if nothing has happened and takes off on a tour of Asia Minor! Tell me this passage didn’t inspire a Monty Python sketch. 

“I’m not dead yet!”

“You’re not fooling anybody.”

“I feel happy!”

“You’ll be stone dead in a moment.”

“Let’s go on a little trip.”

Sorry, I couldn’t help but share this. 

Room to Chat: Have a good joyful laugh today. I’ll bet the devil hates that.





Double Feature – Good News for May 5

5 05 2009

John 10:22-30

The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 

Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

Acts 11:19-26

Those who had been scattered by the persecution that arose because of Stephen went as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but Jews. There were some Cypriots and Cyrenians among them, however, who came to Antioch and began to speak to the Greeks as well,
proclaiming the Lord Jesus. The hand of the Lord was with them and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. 

The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. And a large number of people was added to the Lord. 

Then he went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the Church and taught a large number of people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.

The Daily Path: When I went to the movies this past weekend I was shocked to find the matinee price for a single film was $10.25. When I was a kid in the 1960’s it was fifty cents. For that we got to watch a double feature with cartoons in between. For another dime I got popcorn and for a quarter a Coca-Cola. So for under a buck my mom could get me out of her hair for an entire afternoon! 

Well friends, today you get double the good news for the price of one, and, as always, that one is free. Roll’em, Stan…

“The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe…” This passage struck me as I look at the “news” that we are pounded with every day. News of murder, child abductions, rampant corruption, piracy, starvation… the list goes on and on. Yet, we are also surrounded by good (God) works. Where are they in the media storm?

The second feature in today’s GNTG describes when the name Christians first came into use. This I did not know. Who says that you can’t learn something by going to the movies?! 

Room to Chat: Look for the good (God) today.