Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Today’s Reading: Acts 8-9

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The Port of Joppa was a busy place during Bible times and still is today.


Key Verse: Acts 9:5

And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting…”


What a team of the Lord’s servants in today’s reading! Stephen’s broken body is buried. Philip heads out to evangelize. Peter and John join him in Samaria. The Ethiopian treasurer heads home to witness for Christ. Saul of Tarsus is converted and boldly witnesses for Christ. At Joppa (present day Jaffa), Dorcas is raised from the dead as a witness for Christ. Aeneas of Lydda (present day Lod where the International Airport is located today) is healed. What is the result of all this? Exponential growth of the Church. “Multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip” (8:6). “The churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria…were multiplied” (9:31). “All at Lydda, and Sharon…turned to the Lord” (9:35). In Joppa, “Many turned to the Lord” (9:42). God’s purposes have not changed. God’s power has not changed. Let us move out in bold faith to see the same happen today. Amen!


Lord Jesus, we have a word today that I don’t find in the Bible. It’s “retirement.” You are filling us with new energy as we do this blog daily. Show me, and all who read this, how we can be a part of the dynamic growth of Your Churches. Amen! and Amen!


I believe in and seek to put into practice outreach ministry beyond the church walls. In villages where I was a Pastor, I sought to take the lead in mobilizing some members of the congregation to visit every home. We would ask if there was a need for which we could pray. We would inquire about children for Sunday School or teens for the youth activities. In the large cities this was more challenging, but we would stake out areas to visit. I trust that I will have the health, strength, determination and the blessing of my Pastor to keep doing this. By gently asking about needs for prayer, I’ve never been turned down. People know when they are cared for, not like the door-to-door cults that try to indoctrinate people by visiting them to add points to their religious record.

Yours for consistent growth, early church style, in Jesus’ Church today,


5 thoughts on “Wednesday, November 30, 2022

  1. Lord God, have Your way in us and through us. We need You and this world needs You. Please give all Your children that great boldness You gave Your church in that first generation. Thank You, Father, for giving us Your Son and Your Spirit. All praise to You, in Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Amen, Rob!
    May we see in our churches and congregations the same kind of faith and boldness that we read about in today’s scripture. May we all do our part and together reach the lost and hurting around us!

  3. Praise God! Father, in Jesus Name, give us wisdom in speaking to others. There are so many needs and opportunities in these days. I was introduced to the Lord as a child when a man came to our door looking for children interested in a Sunday School program. Many of my relatives eventually came to that church as well – (my parents, grandmother, aunts, and cousins)! Amazing to look back on that today! Thank You Lord.

  4. Amen to the above. So very thankful for all our blessings. We praise You Lord, our God and Heavenly King!!

    And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” Revelation 14:7 ESV

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