Scripture Reading for Today: Acts 6:8-15 (read it here) Reflect Stephen was a leader of the young Christian community in Jerusalem and was the first of the seven chosen to manage the daily distribution to the poor.   The Acts of Apostles introduces him as a man filled with faith,Continue Reading

To this Seeds of Hope, I have attached Mission Prayerline, a short mission story and prayer intention. Please page down to see it. Scripture Reading for Today: Luke 24:35-48 (read it here) Reflect As far as the shattered disciples were concerned, Jesus was dead, dead and gone, finished; and theyContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Acts 6:1-7 (read it here) Reflect Luke reports about the days that followed the trial of the apostles and their concerted effort to preach and teach the gospel throughout Jerusalem. The result of this intensive activity is that the membership of the church increases by leapsContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Acts 5:34-42 (read it here) Reflect The Acts of the Apostles mentions how the hearing before the High Council has not gone well for the apostles.  Peter plainly asserts that the message of the gospel is nothing they should fear.  Instead, it is God’s invitation toContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Acts 5:27-33 (read it here) Reflect After the apostles are arrested for a second time following their miraculous release from custody, they are brought again before the Sanhedrin—the supreme Jewish Council.  Again, Peter and the other apostles are reprimanded for their teaching in the name ofContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Acts 5:17-26 (read it here) Reflect Before the Ascension, Jesus tells his disciples that they will be his witnesses, beginning in Jerusalem; and now we see that the apostolic witness in Jerusalem that began at Pentecost continues. The apostles are warned by Jewish officials to ceaseContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Acts 4:32-37 (read it here) Reflect The Acts of the Apostles gives us a snap­shot of “the way we were.” First, Luke presents the role of the apostles as the new leaders in the early Christian community, replacing the authority of the chief priests and Sanhedrin.Continue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Acts 4:23-31 (read it here) Reflect Here we have the reaction of the Christian Church in the hour of danger. We remember how not long after the followers of Jesus had received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Peter and John went to the temple one dayContinue Reading

To this Seeds of Hope, I have attached Mission Prayerline, a short mission story and prayer intention. Please page down to see it. Scripture Reading for Today: John 20:19-31 (read it here) Reflect How Jesus’ disciples responded to the devastating experience of Jesus’ death was not an inspiring picture ofContinue Reading

Scripture Reading for Today: Acts 4:13-21 (read it here) Reflect The Sanhedrin, or the High Council, was the Jewish supreme religious tri­bunal of 71 members drawn from the elders, priests, and scribes in Judea.  As respected leaders, they had the responsibility of responding to any teaching that threatened the purityContinue Reading