Author Archives: Bryan Richardson

About Bryan Richardson

Associate Pastor, Singles, Small Groups, & Pastoral Ministries

Become

Re:Verse reading–Acts 23:11, 25:12, 28:16-31 (day three) “For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him.”  This situation looks like an old man who’s finally settled down after his … Continue reading

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Step

Re:Verse reading–Acts 20:17-38 (day three) “They would never see his face again.”  The Spirit’s here, and we look forward to Christ’s appearing and the resurrection at the end of the age, but there sure are a whole lot of people … Continue reading

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End

Re:Verse reading–Acts 17:10-12, 16-34 (day three)   “Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God.” Ecclesiastes tells us that the end of a matter is better than its beginning. As the church began, the band of believers saw an … Continue reading

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Nurture

Re:Verse reading—Acts 16:11-34 (day three)  “The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.”  Jesus said that his Father is always working.  He also said he had “other sheep that are not of this sheep pen” and that “they … Continue reading

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Heart

Re:Verse reading–Acts 15:1-29 (day three)   “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.”  Ours is a sentimental society, that is, sentiment—feelings—have a cachet of authority.  If one is sincere, nothing else matters.  Paul … Continue reading

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Praxis

Re:Verse reading–Acts 13:1-52 (day three) “Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you.”  The reason Jesus appeared so extreme—even anti-scriptural—to his contemporaries is that his life was exactly what a human life looked like when … Continue reading

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Argue

Re:Verse reading–Acts 11:1-26 (day three)   “Surely not, Lord!”  There is a strain of thinking that warns us against disagreement with God, against verbalizing our negative reaction to his direction.  But repeatedly in scripture we see honesty with God met not … Continue reading

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Who

Re:Verse reading–Acts 9:1-22, 26-31 (day three) “Who are you, Lord?”  Think of the irony of this prayer—that these words would come from Saul, of all people.  His résumé: “as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.”  Here’s a man who trained … Continue reading

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Prep

Re:Verse reading–Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-58, 8:1-5, 26-38 (day three)  “Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power…”  By grace we are saved.  The mighty acts of power were necessary to push back the rot of a decaying universe through the … Continue reading

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Contrast

Re:Verse reading–Acts 4:5-31 (day three) “By what power or what name did you do this?”  There’s a difference between wonder and suspicion.  Wonder asks, “How can these things be?”  Suspicion inquires, “Are you trying to gain the upper hand?”  Wonder … Continue reading

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