Sermons on Acts

The Church That Makes a Difference

Acts 2:16-18 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “‘In the last days, God says,     I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,     your young men will see visions,     your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women,     I will…

Trouble: A Required Course

Readings: Acts 15:12-21; James 1:1-4, 12-18; Matthew 13:54-58 Family and Friends of Salem Lutheran Church, We have begun another school year.  Children, youth, and some adults are back to school.  They are studying.  What they are studying depends on their courses.  One course that should be taken by every Christian is: “Trouble.”  That’s why I…

The Gamble of Motherhood

I wonder how many risk takers we have in church this morning, how many people that are not afraid to take a gamble or two in life. If that describes you, maybe you can relate to a fellow in France who thought he’d made a real shrewd business deal 49 years ago. He agreed to pay a 90-year-old woman $500 a month until she died as a way of purchasing her apartment. Apparently this is a common practice in France. The elderly owner enjoys a monthly income from the buyer, but once the owner dies the apartment immediately becomes the buyer’s, which could prove to be a real bargain for the buyer – provided – and this is a big provision – provided the owner dies sooner rather than later.

God Really Wants These People

Acts 10 Cornelius Calls for Peter 10 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had…

Is Prayer a Good Idea?

Acts 2:42 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Dear Friends in Christ, Even though I took some time off a little over a week ago, one date I am really looking forward to this summer is Aug. 10 because barring any unforeseen…

We’re in This Together

Acts 2:32, 42-47 The Believers Share Their Possessions 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. The Fellowship of the Believers 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and…