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The Church at One Year (And a Hard Question)

This blog entry is the sixth in a seven day series counting down the days until York Springs Foursquare has its grand opening. You are invited, 10:30 AM Sept. 21!

When you read Acts 12, you may not notice it, but you are reading about the one-year anniversary of the first church in the world.

It is right there in 12:3-4, which say that Herod arrested Peter during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and planned to have his trial after Passover.

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Forgiveness, the Mark of a Believer

Countdown to Launch. Sept. 14 – 7 days until launch.

This blog entry is the first in a seven day series counting down the days until York Springs Foursquare has its grand opening. You are invited, 10:30 AM Sept. 21!

In studying Acts 7 you immediately focus on the ending, when Stephen is suddenly stoned to death by an angry mob, and his last words jump off the page at you. Today we will look at the way Stephen died because the way he died should show us something about how we should live.

Stephen’s last words in this world were “Father do not count this sin against them.” It is an echo of Jesus on the cross, saying “Father forgive them.” It is what all of us should be known for saying as well.

The mark of Christian, if you can only find one, should be Continue reading Forgiveness, the Mark of a Believer

When Men Say All Kinds of Evil Against You Because of Me

In Acts chapter 6, the spotlight focuses on a man named Stephen. Stephen is new to the scene in Acts. We don’t see anything about him in the gospels, or in the first five chapters of Acts. But now, from chapters 6-7, he becomes the main character.

The book of Acts is filled with heroes of faith being persecuted falsely, giving long sermons, and giving the glory to God. Stephen is among them, and the first of them to be martyred, but sadly not the last. Continue reading When Men Say All Kinds of Evil Against You Because of Me