A Church for All Nations (Acts 11:1-18)

A Church for All Nations (Acts 11:1-18)

Perhaps, like Peter, we need to learn that the church of God is a church of all nations and races. Perhaps, like Peter, we need to see again how the Spirit of God is both powerful enough to brings those we deem “outsiders” in and powerful enough to convince “insiders” that we are to cross the boundaries and divisions that separate us.

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Life in the Valley of Death (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

Life in the Valley of Death (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

Not only does the Spirit/Breath enter and enliven the bones littered on that valley floor when Ezekiel, at the Lord's invitation, invites Him to do so. The Spirit of the Lord puts Ezekiel on that valley floor to begin with. The Spirit, you see, is in the business of taking what should not be able to live and to cause it to thrive. 

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Changed for the Better (Acts 10:34-48)

Changed for the Better (Acts 10:34-48)

We can only imagine the suspicions, fears, and prejudices that would have kept Romans and the local folks of the country they occupied apart. But the Gospel of Christ changed both [Peter and Cornelius]...for the better. First, through Peter, drawn by God to bring a message of life to Cornelius, this foreigner receives the Life-giving Spirit of God and is washed in the water of new birth. But the risen Jesus, Lord of the nations, changes Peter too. Before the encounter is complete, Peter sees the bond between all people that the Gospel of life makes possible: "I understand now that God shows no partiality" he confesses (10:34). All people are to be changed by the One who was crucified, but now lives! All are to know and to live in His love...and be changed for the better in the process. 

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