Hello! Welcome back to the Book of Acts. Today features John and Peter performing miracles, preaching powerfully and ruffling some feathers with those that would not want anything to do with them.
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this teach me about the early church?
What is inspiring? What is difficult?
What specifically speaks to me? Why?
So, the arrival of the Holy Spirit completes the "Trinity" in our relationship with God. While there are problems with the old adage of understanding the Trinity as "Creator (Father), Redeemer (Son), and now sustainer (spirit) it is probably the best way to think of it, in my opinion. As we work through acts you will see many examples where the apostles are flogged, jailed, threatened and otherwise persecuted and yet they continue to pursue their mission because the Holy Spirit is "sustaining" them. What does it mean for you to know that the spirit sustains you during troubling times? For some more info on the spirit I invite you to listen to Bible Project's video and enjoy the pure art of their creation.
Praying the Hymns
Ah, I absolutely adore this hymn today - All Glory, Laud, and Honor. There is nothing better than this song on a pipe organ at full go. I invite you to listen and be inspired by this as much as it does for me.
Refrain: All glory, laud, and honor, to thee, Redeemer, King, to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.
1. Thou art the King of Israel, thou David's royal Son, who in the Lord's name comest, the King and Blessed One. [Refrain]
2. The company of angels are praising thee on high, and we with all creation in chorus make reply. [Refrain]
3. The people of the Hebrews with palms before thee went; our prayer and praise and anthems before thee we present. [Refrain]
4. To thee, before thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise; to thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise. [Refrain]
5. Thou didst accept their praises; accept the prayers we bring, who in all good delightest, thou good and gracious King. [Refrain]