Pastor Reid Olson of Crossroads Church of Greeley teaches Acts 3. The healing of the lame beggar man takes precedent in the narrative, but what happens around the event is astounding. The healing took place “outside” the temple gate. The impact of this means that God’s Kingdom work is beginning to move outside the temple walls. God’s Kingdom is on the move, like lava moving down a mountain; no one can contain it’s flow. We learn through Acts 3 that God’s Spirit is on the move and He brings healing, wholeness and joy as a result. Acts 3:19 says when we repent of our sin, times of refreshing will come from God. I hope you find your times of refreshing when you walk away from your sin-filled life.
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As we look through the Book of Acts, we pay attention to the true character of God. We look to the character of God so that we have a firm foundation to stand on when all around us is crumbling. Join us each week as we walk through the Book of Acts together.
Comparison is a killer. It kills your joy, it kills relationships, it kills marriages, it kills your purposes in the world. Why? Comparison is an open admission to God that you’re not happy with who He made you to be, and you wish you were like someone else. There may be something called healthy competition, or challenge to grow stronger, but the negative side of challenge is comparison. Don’t compare yourself to others, it leads only to pride, or to resentment.
When it comes to admitting our sin, we shy away. Most often we come up with excuses about sin, and say things like, “I”m not really a bad person”, or “If no one knows, I can get away with it”, or even “I’ve already sinned, I might as well continue”. When we “excuse” our way out of sin, we end up never needing the Savior to forgive us. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Don’t be deceived, sin is an all-consuming toxic sickness in our lives, and God has given us the remedy through salvation in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit of God is the only one who can purify you from unrighteousness. The process of this is through our repentance of sins.
Samson came on the scene around 1300 BC, when Israel was being oppressed by the Philistines. Samson’s life is not one to emulate today. In fact, we can learn a few things about how to walk with God through Samson’s emotionally driven mistakes. Take this journey with us into the better issues of character as we discuss how emotions can run your life, if you are not led by the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit of God gives us gifts, like salvation, His presence in trouble, the ability to escape the enemy, walk in God’s will, and have true peace in life. Join us as we talk about the gift of the Holy Spirit for God’s people today.
We have important work to do, and sometimes we think we’re not good enough, or we’re not worthy, or we have messed up too far, so God would dare think me useful. Join us for a conversation on God’s intent with you, and become pleasantly surprised that He has grand plans for your life, and for HIs Kingdom, which includes your life.