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September 26 – The Challenges of Starting Something New

Acts 6: 1 – 7  NLT “Seven Men Chosen to Serve 6 But as the believers rapidly multiplied, there were rumblings of discontent. The Greek-speaking believers complained about the Hebrew-speaking believers, saying that their widows were being discriminated against in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve called a meeting of all the believers. They said,...

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September 23 – Ready to Share Your Faith?

Acts 5: 12 – 42  NLT In the following verses more miracles are confirming God’s presence, and the word is spreading far and wide. The Temple leaders are furious. In fact, it says, “The high priest and his officials, who were Sadducees, were filled with jealousy”. (v. 17)   As you read the rest of...

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September 22

Acts 5: 1 – 11  NLT “But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. 2 He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest. 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let...

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September 21 –  “They Shared Everything They Had”

Acts 4: 23 – 37  NLT The Believers Pray for Courage 23 As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said.24 When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign...

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September 20 – Here Comes the Opposition

Acts 4: 1 – 22  (NLT) “Peter and John before the Council 4 While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. 2 These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through...

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September 19 – The News Begins to Spread

Acts 3     (NLT) “Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. 2 As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate,...

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September 16 – Community

Acts 2: 42 – 47  NLT “The Believers Form a Community 42All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44And all...

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September 15 – Peter’s First Sermon

Acts 2: 14 – 41  NLT “Peter Preaches to the Crowdleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. 15These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for...

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September 14 – The Holy Spirit Arrives

Acts 2   (NLT) “The Holy Spirit Comes On the day of Pentecost (the day of Pentecost came 50 days after Passover – when Jesus was crucified) all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house...

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September 13 – We Can Believe It

Acts 1: 12 – 26  NLT “Matthias Replaces Judas 12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, a distance of half a mile. (a Sabbath’s day journey) 13 When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying. Here are the names of those who...

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September 12 – A New Start

September begins a new school year. I’m definitely praying that this year will be an uninterrupted year for the students, that school will be much more “normal” that the previous 2 years. Because I was a teacher over my life, I tend to think of September as more of a New Year than January. And,...

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September 9 – A Fortress

This week has actually been a big week. Many of you said good-bye to your little JK child, the first time they went to school. Some of you saw your child head off to high school or college/university for the first time. You’re hoping they will be successful, and that they keep out of trouble...

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September 8 – Can I “Friend You”? 

Proverbs 17: 17   (NLT) “ A friend is always loyal  and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Last Sunday was our last summer holiday weekend, even though it is called Labour Day. I guess the name comes as we stop vacationing and start working through Canada’s cooler/colder weather. This week...

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September 7 – Forgive or Carry a Grudge?

Proverbs 17: 9   (NLT) “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,    but dwelling on it separates close friends.” The past two years have been challenging for many people. I think we could all agree that there seem to be more arguments among our families, friends, and even in our countries than ever before. The isolation...

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September 6 – A Verse to Pin Where You See It

Proverbs 16:  20    (NLT) “Those who listen to instruction will prosper;    those who trust the Lord will be joyful.” I like this verse.  It is so positive.  It’s the kind of verse I’d put on my mirror to lift my spirits when I was feeling frustrated.   First of all, it tells me to listen...

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September 5 – Getting Along

Proverbs 16: 7    (NLT) “When people’s lives please the Lord,    even their enemies are at peace with them.” I found this verse intriguing.  When I please the Lord, my life will reflect His values.  So how does that keep peace in my life with the folks around me who might see me as competition, or...

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September 2 – Mine or Yours?

Proverbs 16: 1, 3, and 9    (NLT) “We can make our own plans,    but the Lord gives the right answer. 3 Commit your actions to the Lord,    and your plans will succeed. 9 We can make our plans,     but the Lord determines our steps.” These verses can be comforting and challenging at the same time.  It’s comforting to know that God is in...

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September 1 – I Can Do It Myself  

Proverbs 15: 22, 31 – 32  (NLT) 22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice;    many advisers bring success. 31 If you listen to constructive criticism,    you will be at home among the wise. 32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;    but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding. Do you have a child who doesn’t like...

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August 31 – A Little or a Lot?  

Proverbs 15: 16, 17    (NLT) “ Better to have little, with fear for the Lord,    than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. A bowl of vegetables with someone you love    is better than steak with someone you hate.” These verses really bug me because I know they are true, but I often don’t act like I believe...

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August  30 – A Wise Person

Proverbs 15: 7   (NLT) “The lips of the wise give good advice;    the heart of a fool has none to give.” Sometimes I need advice – yes, even now in my old age, I need advice.  So where do I go for advice?  I want good advice, so I need to find a wise person. ...