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Engage Malawi – 2017

Our hosts, Eric and Stephanie Chapman, have multiple ministries coordinated in Malawi through a network of village churches throughout the central and southern parts of the country.  One of those ministries is the growth of nearly 200 pastors, and that growth includes regular school sessions at two campus locations several times a year.  This year…

The LORD Reigns!

Shiggaion is a Hebrew term for a lyrical poem composed with great emotion.  It is a song of passionate imagination accompanied by music with rapid changes of rhythm.  In its plural form the designation is shigionoth.  There is a group of Psalms (93, 95-100) that seem to burst with the theme of God’s sovereignty and…

A Chosen Vessel

Energizing and encouraging realities emerge as you reflect on the life and the writings of the Apostle Paul. He was sovereignly chosen before birth for a specific purpose and destiny. His qualifications as an apostle were obtained in a different setting as the other apostles, so he consistently explained and defended his position for the…

Terms of Endearment

In Paul’s thirteen epistles he mentions 82 people by name.  All but two or three are considered to be in the community of faith; fourteen are women; sixteen are mentioned more than once.  There’s diversity in ethnicity, occupation, rank, and geographical location.  Paul uses 32 terms of endearment to describe these brothers and sisters.  Here…

Companions

The apostle Paul wrote 13 letters/epistles that are contained in the New Testament.  They can be read straight through in around seven hours.  His writings are logically written in a complete and coherent manner.  Alongside their reasonableness, his letters bear the marks of warm, personal relationships.  They show a profound concern for others, sometimes at…

Paul’s Visions-Commission and Confirmation

“This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name to the Gentiles.” (Acts 9:15) We have unpacked the first four of Paul’s visions.  We will now proceed to the last two of them.  Paul had an intense encounter with God that resulted in his conversion.  This led to a progressive comprehension of the Spirit…

Paul’s Visions-Protection

The spiritual journey of every believer is unique; the story of every Christ follower is significant.  But the conversion, transformation, and direction of every Christian’s life spring from the same divine source.  Also, no story is linear and no story is greater than the overarching story of the Christ.  From Paul’s visions of conversion, transformation,…

Paul’s Visions-Direction

The Apostle Paul had seven visions, all of which are recorded in the book of Acts, then lived out through his journeys and his writings.  The first of these visions (9:3-6) describes his conversion.  Here Paul has his initial encounter with the risen Christ.  He begins to understand that God has a sovereign intention for…

Paul’s Visions-Transformation

The seven visions of Paul, as recorded in the book of Acts, are moments or seasons of heightened clarity and focus.  The trajectory of his life was radically altered toward the person and purposes of Jesus Christ.  Paul’s conversion was conceived in eternity past and will be completed in eternity future.  But here we see…

Paul’s Visions-Conversion

The book of Acts records seven visions of the Apostle Paul.  They are not dreams or hallucinations.  They are moments and/or seasons of heightened focus and clarity. The first of these visions is found in Acts 9:3-6.  It describes an abrupt encounter with Christ that completely altered the trajectory of Paul’s life. Paul’s narrative is…