When the Spirit Manifested

Today’s Bible reading from Acts 19 begins with an encounter with the disciples of John the Baptizer (Acts 19:1-7). Paul asked if they had received the Holy Spirit when they believed. They said they had not; they only knew about John’s baptism and hadn’t heard of the Holy Spirit. So like Apollos in yesterday’s reading,…

Apollos Learns the Rest of the Story

In today’s Bible reading, from Acts 18, we read about an eloquent man named Apollos; he was very familiar with the Scriptures and was very passionate. (Acts 18:24-25) The problem was, Apollos didn’t know the whole story. What he knew, he knew very well. But he didn’t know what he didn’t know. So Priscilla and…

Jesus Will Meet You

One thing that jumped out at me from today’s Bible reading in Mark 16 is “But go, tell his disciples and Peter, β€˜He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see him there just as he told you.’” Mark 16:7 (CSB) After the disastrous events of Judas’ betrayal and Jesus’ Crucifixion, the Disciples…

A Mob Mentality

Today’s Bible reading is Mark 15. It’s good to read chapters like this and compare what we read with what we believe. If you’ve been around church very long, you may have seen a Passion play that chronicles the last week of Jesus’ life. Normally the play portrays the masses of people welcoming Jesus on…

Keep Your Heart as Fertile Soil

In today’s Bible reading, we came across Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seeds (Mark 4:3-9). It’s a familiar story for those of us who grew up going to church. We’ve heard it at least a million times, right? According to the parable, as the sower scattered the seed, some of the seed fell…