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Helen Hofman

Our God Is a Great God

Read: Mark 1:32-39 [Jesus] drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. (Matt. 8:16 NIV) Feliciana is an Amatenango Tzeltal, who lives with her brother and family. She was haunted by voices telling her to run into the woods at night. Feliciana and her family understood these to be the voices of evil spirits. One day a neighbor told her that there was a powerful, loving God who could free her from the voices. “The evangelical church leaders will pray for you,” the neighbor said. Some time later, Feliciana became very ill, unable to eat and afraid she might die. Again the voices lured her into the woods during a rainstorm. Her brother and others went to look for her. Hours later, they found her huddled in the forest, weak and cold. Not

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John Koedyker

Corinth: Ministering in Sin City

Read: Acts 18:1-23 And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. (v. 8) In the United States, the title “Sin City” is synonymous with Las Vegas, Nevada. I have been to Las Vegas, and there is no

John Koedyker

Paul Preaches to the Philosophers

Read: Acts 17:16-34 Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along . . . I found also an altar with this inscription: “To the unknown god.” (vv. 22-23) Last year

John Koedyker

Eagerly Examining the Word

Read: Act 17:1-15 They received the word with all eagerness, examining the scriptures daily. (v. 11) The Berean church is the kind of church every pastor would love: “they received the word with all eagerness, examining the scriptures daily.” It

John Koedyker

The Gospel Comes to Europe

Read: Acts 16:11-40  . . . and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. (v. 12) My mother used to say, “It takes all kinds.” She was referring to

John Koedyker

The Macedonian Call

Read: Acts 16:6-10 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” (v. 9) All of us have times when we don’t

John Koedyker

A Disciple Named Timothy

Read: Acts 16:1-5 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. (v. 1) Paul was now beginning his

John Koedyker

A Sharp Disagreement

Read: Acts 15:36-41 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and departed. (vv. 39-40) Do Christians always agree? We may

John Koedyker

Paul at the Jerusalem Council

Read: Acts 15:1-31 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers. (v. 3) Paul’s first missionary

John Koedyker

Mistaken for Gods

Read: Acts 14:8-28 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. (v. 12) I have been mistaken for someone once. Unfortunately, it was not a Greek god, like with Paul and Barnabas. It was Glen

John Koedyker

Perseverance in Preaching

Read: Acts 14:1-7  . . . they continued to preach the gospel. (v. 7) During a Monday night football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, one of the announcers observed that the Chicago running back, Walter

John Koedyker

Joy in the Midst of Difficulty

Read: Acts 13:42-52 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. (v. 48) I once knew a missionary couple who had some

John Koedyker

Paul the Preacher

Read: Acts 13:13-41 So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said: “Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen.” (v. 16) In Romans 1:16, Paul said: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the

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