SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 30: Acts 2:5-8

Now there were Jews staying in Jerusalem, devout people from every nation under heaven. When this sound occurred, a crowd came together and was confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded and amazed, saying, “Look, aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? How is it that each of us can hear them in our own native language?” _____________________________________________________________________________________ This miracle was just as much a miracle of hearing and understanding as it was a miracle of speaking other languages. What was spoken was understood. Highlands is currently offering translations of our sermons in … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 29: Acts 2:1-4

When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated and rested on each one of them. Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Wow, I wish I could hear that sound like a mighty wind rushing down from heaven (v.2)! That it came from heaven is important. This … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 28: Acts 1:21-26

“Therefore, from among the men who have accompanied us during the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us— beginning from the baptism of John until the day he was taken up from us—from among these, it is necessary that one become a witness with us of his resurrection.” So they proposed two: Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, Lord, know everyone’s hearts; show which of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry that Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 27: Acts 1:15-20

27. Acts 1:15-20 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers and sisters —the number of people who were together was about a hundred and twenty—and said: “Brothers and sisters, it was necessary that the Scripture be fulfilled that the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David foretold about Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.” Now this man acquired a field with his unrighteous wages. He fell headfirst, his body burst open and his intestines spilled out. This became known to all the … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 26: Acts 1:12-14

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they arrived, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. They all were continually united in prayer, along with the women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. _____________________________________________________________________________________ The resurrected Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:8 that they would receive power and be His witnesses, telling His story, right there in Jerusalem where … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 25: Acts 1:9-11

After he had said this, he was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  While he was going, they were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen him going into heaven.” _____________________________________________________________________________________ Man, it’s a good thing I’m not an angel because I would prank the snot out of people if I … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 24: Acts 1:7-8

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” _____________________________________________________________________________________ The disciples’ narrow question in yesterday’s text is answered with an eternity-wide response from Jesus in today’s text. “It is not for you to know,” is humbling to read, isn’t it? The disciples asked about the immediate political needs of Israel, but Jesus’ … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 23: Acts 1:6

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” _____________________________________________________________________________________ This is the classic metaphysical error of the Jews regarding the Messiah; they hold an entirely too narrow view of the scope of the Messiah’s work, relegating Him merely to a political work in the interests of the historically and seemingly perpetually oppressed Israel as a singular nation. The disciples committed this error with their question in today’s text and modern day orthodox Jews commit the same error. Otherwise, they would be Christians, or perhaps Messianic Jews – holding … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 22: Acts 1:4-5

While he was with them, he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise. “Which,” he said, “you have heard me speak about; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days.” _____________________________________________________________________________________ It’s true, of course. Jesus had prepped the disciples for the Spirit’s coming. We see the Holy Spirit at various points in the Old Testament, but His outpouring upon the infant New Testament church in Acts was unprecedented. In John 14:15-17, He told them, “If you love me, you will keep my commands. … Read More

SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 21: Acts 1:1-3

I wrote the first narrative, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up, after he had given instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After he had suffered, he also presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. _____________________________________________________________________________________ The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all tell the story of Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection. The Book of Acts tells what happened next. It was originally a … Read More