James Martyred and Peter Jailed 12 1About that time King Herod cruelly attacked some who belonged to the church, 2and he killed James, John’s brother, with the sword. 3When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter too, during the days of Unleavened Bread. 4After the arrest, he put him in prison and assigned four squads of four soldiers each to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover. 5So Peter was kept in prison, but prayer was being made earnestly to God for him by the church.   Peter Rescued   6On the night before Herod was to bring him out for execution, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while the sentries in front of the door guarded the prison. 7Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell. Striking Peter on the side, he woke him up and said, “Quick, get up!” Then the chains fell off his wrists. 8“Get dressed,” the angel told him, “and put on your sandals.” And he did so. “Wrap your cloak around you,” he told him, “and follow me.” 9So he went out and followed, and he did not know that what took place through the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10After they passed the first and second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened to them by itself. They went outside and passed one street, and immediately the angel left him. 11Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel and rescued me from Herod’s grasp and from all that the Jewish people expected.” 12When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark,[I] where many had assembled and were praying. 13He knocked at the door in the gateway, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer. 14She recognized Peter’s voice, and because of her joy, she did not open the gate but ran in and announced that Peter was standing at the gateway. 15“You’re crazy!” they told her. But she kept insisting that it was true. Then they said, “It’s his angel!” 16Peter, however, kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astounded. 17Motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he explained to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. “Report these things to James[J] and the brothers,” he said. Then he departed and went to a different place. 18At daylight, there was a great commotion[K] among the soldiers as to what could have become of Peter. 19After Herod had searched and did not find him, he interrogated the guards and ordered their execution. Then Herod went down from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there.   Herod’s Death   20He had been very angry with the Tyrians and Sidonians.[L] Together they presented themselves before him. They won over Blastus, who was in charge of the king’s bedroom, and through him they asked for peace, because their country was supplied with food from the king’s country. 21So on an appointed day, dressed in royal robes and seated on the throne, Herod delivered a public address to them. 22The assembled people began to shout, “It’s the voice of a god and not of a man!” 23At once an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give the glory to God, and he became infected with worms and died. 24Then God’s message flourished and multiplied. 25After they had completed their relief mission, Barnabas and Saul returned to[M] Jerusalem, taking along John who is called Mark.
Zoe Schoppa
 Looking Unto Our Deliverer - Part 3 | Seeking the Face of God This tr... Read More
 Looking Unto Our Deliverer - Part 3 | Seeking the Face of God This trouble did not come on the heels of rebellion but while being obedient.  This text shows us how we should seek God in troubles.  1. Corporate prayer in the appointed place  (verse 5)     A. They assembled together - why?  (II Chronicles 6:18-21)     B.  They met in the appointed place - why?  (II Chronicles 7:12-16) 2. It was intelligent, earnest, biblical prayer (verses 6-11)     A.  A remembrance and reiteration of the character of God         1.  A God of covenant grace and faithfulness         2.  A God of unrivaled supremacy         3.  A God of absolute sovereignty in the affairs of men         4.  A God of absolute omnipotence     B.  a remembrance and reiteration of the deeds of God         1.  His mighty work in past conquest         2.  His gracious work in granting His peculiar presence 3. This was a believing and expectant prayer (verses 12-13)     A.  A certainty that God is     B.  a confidence that God is able Matthew is talking about church discipline.  Acts 1:14 Acts 2:41-42 Acts 12:1-5, 10-16 Deuteronomy 4:39 Daniel 11:32 Jehoshaphat was praying with an active mind and an engaged heart. 
Zoe Schoppa
The Early Church Disciples 1.  Expanding church across the world Acts 1:8 filled&nbs... Read More
The Early Church Disciples 1.  Expanding church across the world Acts 1:8 filled with the Holy Spirit and going out with power. We see the disciples full of power.   The disciples have watched Jesus: -feed the 5000 -calm the sea -another group of 4000 gather around Jesus Each time the disciples question and wonder how....and fear....until everything changed and they become ferocious after they receive the Holy Spirit. The Greek word for witness is The root word for martyr.  To be a witness for Christ is to be a martyr! Acts 1:1-7 spread throughout Jerusalem Acts 6:8-12:24 spread throughout Judea and Samaria Acts 12:25-28:31 spread to the ends of the earth 2.   Acts 2:44-45 They were in favor with the people and God added to their number everyday.  They were willing to lay down their lives for others...they were not thinking in a worldly way (how can I do the least in order to get the most back). How can I die to myself? How can I live for God and others? We come to church not as consumers but to worship God. Acts 4:32-35 They had a joyful and humble attitude and they praised God John 17:21 3.  Is there something wrong or broken in our relationship with Christ that we don't see this happening today? All believers are filled with the Holy Spirit.  Am I a believer?  Do I have a changed heart, mind, soul?   Do you want to be a part of the kind of church described in Acts?  It is available to all who believe in Christ. We only know about each other those things we are willing to let others know.   If we as a church body are going to be this type of church we need to stop playing the church game but be real with ourselves, with others, and most importantly with God. The church is the people of God (not a building or tradition) and it cannot be filled primarily with students.  It needs to be filled with disciple makers (teachers).  We need more teachers.  We are called to be life long students but we must raise up other teachers. You and I will experience tremendous spiritual growth if we get real to the people around us.  Be held accountable.  Drop the fake Christian demeanor that everything is perfect.  The early church was humble. Worship has nothing to do with music.  Worship can have music but worship is all the things that we do. Worship is (1) falling down at your feet before God and (2) serving God. By your service to God does it look like you worship God? The "worship wars" that have hit in recent years are one of the greatest blights upon this nation.   Worship wars is an oxymoron. Hymn is defined as a song with deep theological content and at least 2 or more verses.   Most of the songs we sing are hymns.  The discontent all comes down to style. If we want to see the church of God grow (worldwide, not just ours) then we must get serious about obedience to the ....
Acts 12 Edit Christmas...Christian church 10:44 10:57 - wrong verse start End: 11:33 "am... Read More
Acts 12 Edit Christmas...Christian church 10:44 10:57 - wrong verse start End: 11:33 "amen"
Has anyone actually picked up the bible in the last 400 years and read ... Read More
Has anyone actually picked up the bible in the last 400 years and read it? Is anyone out there willing to use their God given brain and stop and think for a moment? Where in God's word does it say that we are to celebrate the sacrifice and resurrection of God's only begotten son with EASTER? Let's start with the ONE and ONLY time the word Easter appears in the bible. ACTS:12 (3) And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)   The days of unleavened bread mentioned here are referring to the week following the day of passover. (4) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. The word "Easter" above is translated from the greek word "pascha." The word is used 29 times in the New Testament. 28 times it is properly translated as Passover. For whatever reason, here in Acts chapter 12, it has been translated Easter. There is no way on earth any translator should see the word pascha written in the Greek, and translate it "Easter." Had we as Christians, been taught the significance and meaning of Passover, and how Christ became our passover, we would know that something was wrong. Furthermore, the subject of Acts chapter 12 has nothing at all to do with the resurrection. So even if "Easter" was the correct word here, how this tells us to turn Passover into Easter is beyond me. Now that we've anylized the one time in the entire word of God that the word Easter appears, let's ask some questions: So if Easter isn't part of God's word, why are we associating the highest day of Christianity with Easter? Good question. But I'm not going answer it. You can do the research if you like. There are many theories out there - but every answer you find, will not lead to God's word as support for an Easter celebration. And after all, that is my entire point - if it's not in God's word - BEWARE. So if Easter is not what should be celebrated to commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ, what should? Let's see what God actually has to say, through Paul, the writer of over half of the New Testament. 1 CORINTHIANS 5: (7) Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Physically sacrificing a lamb for passover ended with the death and resurrection of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ himself has become our Passover. This is why he is referred to as the lamb slain.  (8) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. And there it is. Therefore let us keep the feast - the feast of what? The feast or celebration of PASSOVER. Again to make it clear, we're not sacrificing animals, but Paul says to keep the feast. He didn't say let us replace passover with Easter. Just because the masses do something, it doesn't make it correct. In fact, if I read my bible right, it tells me the masses will be deceived by the great dragon, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, when he and his angels are cast out from heaven onto this earth. ( Revelation 12:9 ) How? Deceived in what way? Well, the "how" should be quite obvious at this point - the majority of people have no knowledge concerning the TRUE word of God. And since this majority have not studied God's word themselves, they have no idea that God is warning us in just about every book of the bible, to listen to and follow HIM and no one else — or suffer the consequences. And because people are so eager to blindly follow anyone who looks and sounds religious, God himself shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: ( 2 Thessalonians 2:11 ) Strong delusion? A lie? Yep, that's right. It's pop up test time. A FALSE Jesus is coming to town. The entire Christian world, expecting the return of Christ at the 2nd advent, will have zero clue that the supernatural being standing before them is not the Son of God, but is the son of perdition ( 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ) - none other than Satan himself disguised as an angel of light. ( 2 Corinthians 11:14 ) And yes, Christ does return at the second advent, but not until AFTER the entire planet whores around chasing and worshiping the Antichrist. This just can't be true - Is it? It's true alright. Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 and 2 Thessalonians 2, will give you more details on what to be watching out for and when this will occur. So in conclusion, if people want to continue to celebrate Easter, and associate it with the day that Christ defeated death – suit yourself – but know that it's heathen, it's a lie, and God is NOT happy about it. -------------------///--- If anyone has any questions, comments or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me... speiro37@gmail.com
tom tillotson
3/11/12 AHBC Acts 12:1-19
3/11/12 AHBC Acts 12:1-19
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