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One of my favorite books of the Bible is Acts. There’s so much contained within Acts for the Believer that it bears reading over and over again. Although Acts isn’t a doctrinal book, it does bring more life to the epistles of Paul. The people and churches visited in Acts are the same people and churches Paul writes to in those epistles. I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts today from the book of Acts. First, though, I’d like to link this video of a word-for-word adaptation of Acts from the NIV. I hope you are blessed by this presentation.

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Whenever I’m taking a class, listening to a sermon, or someone speaking to me as part of a group, I’ve noticed that I listen differently depending on the subject matter. If I’m interested in what’s being said, I think I pay more attention to the speaker. Like many people, I probably run what’s being said through a filter of how it pertains to me. I’ve often read about this man in Lystra who Paul healed. What did Paul see in the man? The text tells us, “He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed” (Acts 14:9 NIV). What I find interesting about this healing is that Paul wasn’t just preaching to this one man. He was preaching to an entire crowd of people, and of the crowd, only this man had the faith to be healed.

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One of the many promises of God is that He will keep in perfect peace those who keep their minds steadfast on Him (Isaiah 26:3). One way I have measured the peace in my life has been by how well I sleep. Indeed, the Bible makes a lot of connections between rest, peace, and sleep. There are many reasons why we have difficulty sleeping and finding rest. From worry and anxiety to poor environments, and chemical imbalances the list sometimes seems never-ending.

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Each day when I read my Bible I get excited. I get excited about what God is going to say to me and what I might be able to say to you, in turn. Some days though, it seems a little harder than others to hear what God’s saying to me and then write about it. On other days, like today, I hear from the Lord more clearly, and He brings connections to me I’ve never seen before.

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