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Persecution and Godliness
Written by Conrade Yap   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:07

“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.”  (Acts 8:4)

Subject: Where Persecution Fuels the Spread of the Gospel

Last Sunday, I preached about persecution and the Church. I contrasted between the faith of the Early Church and the Modern Church; the Third World Church and the First World Church. In countless stories from brothers and sisters throughout the world, there seems to be a trend that persecution does not necessarily impede the gospel. In fact, it fuels it. In Acts 8, we read about the “great persecution” which is a systematic program of harassment and oppression upon the early believers in first century Jerusalem. Many were forced to leave their comfortable homes. Many had to leave behind their possessions. Many became strangers in another land. By persecuting the disciples, the Jewish religious leaders thought that they could break down the band of believers. They thought that by stopping them from gathering, they could limit their growth. They were wrong. Instead, they had unwittingly scattered the disciples who themselves “preached the word wherever they went.”


Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:12
Happy Thanksgiving!
Written by Conrade Yap   
Monday, 14 October 2013 08:58

A friend of mine used to remind me that there is a difference between American version of Thanksgiving and the Canadian version. Firstly, the former is usually celebrated in November, while Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in the middle of October. Secondly, for Americans, Thanksgiving has relatively greater religious significance, in connection with the early religious background of pilgrims from Europe. In contrast, for Canadians, it is being grateful for the bountiful harvest and plentiful resources in the country. While there is a difference in terms of history, dates, and religious significance, many families and friends from both countries have one thing in common: Gratefulness. Whether it is being thankful to Someone or ‘something,’ thankfulness is one of the most profound things that we can do for one another. In North America, it is an acceptable term to say “Thank you” at the end of being served, when making a request, or when acknowledging the presence of people. When driving, when someone lets us pass, we wave our hand as a symbol of gratitude. For Christians, thanksgiving is not just an event. It is our language.

Wisdom from Above
Written by Conrade Yap   
Monday, 07 October 2013 00:00

Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”  (Acts 5:38-39)

Subject: Wisdom from Above will Last

As we journey through the Book of Acts, one of the remarkable things we discover is that the Holy Spirit works not only in the lives of believers but also non-believers. We see how the Holy Spirit came upon the people at Pentecost (Acts 2). We see how the Holy Spirit gathered the Early Church as a caring and sharing community (Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:32-37). We see how the gospel was preached by the disciples. We even read about the judgment by the Holy Spirit on the deception of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11). Today, we read about the way the Spirit moved a Pharisee to rescue Peter and the apostles.

When God moves, God can use anyone, even non-Christians. Gamaliel is a well respected Pharisee in the first century. Known for his moderation and careful words, even the influential group of Sadducees at the Sanhedrin will listen to his counsel. Note that the Pharisees and the Sadducees cannot get along theologically. Yet, for this one instance, Gamaliel’s wise words reminded all of them that wisdom that originates from humans will not last. Wisdom that is from God will last. How true that is.

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