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Acts 8:1-3 Saul Persecutes the Church

Led by Saul or Tarsus, outside the walls of Jerusalem members of the Sanhedrin executed Stephen, a disciple of Yeshua, the resurrected Christ. “1 Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea […]

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Acts 7:44-50 Stephen’s Address: God’s True Tabernacle

Stephen continues his address to the Sanhedrin, the JEwish governing body who accused the disciple of blasphemy. Stephen’s ministry had led him to this moment, when he now exhorts his audience about God’s true tabernacle. “44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according […]

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Acts 7:37-43 Stephen’s Address: Israel Rebels Against God

Stephen, a servant of the Lord and anointed minister to the poor in Jerusalem was standing before the Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish court who accused the disciple of blasphemy. In his defense, Stephen addressed the Jewish rulers via a recapitulation of scripture, in tune with the teachings of the Torah and old testament. First, Stephen […]

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Acts 7:9-16 Stephen’s Address: The Patriarchs in Egypt

Steven, a disciple and servant of Jesus the Christ and church delegate was being accused of blasphemy by the Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish court in Jerusalem. In his defense, Stephen quotes scripture and delivers an exhortation to those he considers guilty of crucifying the Messiah. “9 And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. […]

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Acts 7:1-8 Stephen’s Address: The Call of Abraham

Steven’s mission in Jerusalem encompassed both the management food distribution to the poor as well as preaching the truth about the resurrected Christ. As part of God’s perfect plan, the disciple’s preaching led him to stand before the Sanhedrin, accused of blasphemy by the Jewish high court. “1 Then the high priest said, “Are these […]

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Acts 6:8-15 Stephen Accused of Blasphemy

In spite of persecution and against the law laid down by the Jewish Sanhedrin, the apostles continued to preach the gospel and share the truth about the resurrected Christ, converting seekers as the fulfillment of the great commission. Along side the apostles were countless priests and ministers who answered the call to advance the gospel […]

2 John 1-6 Walk in Christ’s Commandments

John was the only remaining apostle of Jesus Christ, and desired to write a congratulatory letter aimed at encouraging believers to pouring out God’s love as each one among us keeps fighting the good fight. “1 The Elder, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but […]

1 John 5:18-21 Knowing the True, Rejecting the False

John’s letter was coming to its conclusion, but not without the apostle first reminding us of the nature of Christ, and the benefit of walking in His footsteps. Addressing wickedness among the people, John warns us of the temptation and persecution that await believers, as each one works out his or her salvation, rooted in […]