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Psalm 46 revisited

I was planning on writing on Acts this month since that is what many of our LifeGroups are going through but there are a couple of reasons why I may not (three reasons actually):
I am trying to update the page
There are a lot of really good pages already on the book of Acts to coincide with our LifeGroupsNo one really reads this page for preparation for teaching their LifeGroups, so, eh, why bother?Not being pessimistic but realistic, as my wife says. And I primarily, if not solely, do this blog for my amusement and no one else's amazement. And I was really enjoying the psalms, especially Psalm 23. So here we go with a revisit of Psalm 46. 

Persevere when all else fails

Key Principle #7: Perseverance (part 2) Read Acts 5:12-42

Perseverance is especially needed by the church. Too often, we are not taught that the rewards of perseverance may in fact be persecution. In the west, it hasn’t as yet resulted in imprisonment, at least not commonly, but we are seeing more and more the world protesting the church when it takes Scripturally accurate stands for Christ.
This happens in the church and it happens in the world. Maybe at work, you are doing everything you should be doing, but the person in the next cubicle gets the promotion because he went to the bar with the boss and brown-nosed his way to the top. Or you missed getting the title of valedictorian because someone else transferred into your school and the grades transferred in by her weren’t as academically demanding as yours were.

There are times when a person will consistently tithe and follow God’s leadership and still face financial setbacks or even bankrupt…

When good is repaid with evil...

Key Word Study: Perseverance Acts 5:12-42
     We at our church just finished the first of what I hope to be several OCLOC ministry days, occurring no less than quarterly and preferably monthly or if need be more often. OCLOC stands for Our Church Loves Our Community. The lesson we learn from the early church is that they not only loved their church (Acts 2) but they also loved their community, even when the community didn't love them (at all!).  In Acts 5:12-42, we see that it wasn’t just Peter and John preaching, teaching and reaching their community, but now it was all of the apostles who were teaching about Christ. Imagine the boldness it took to be put in prison, miraculously released and then to go back to the same temple all over again.  The Key Word of perseverance is all over the latter part of Acts 5.  As  a result of their love and perseverance despite opposition, the community held the apostles in high esteem (see Acts 5:13).       Despite the opposition, Simon Peter did not…