“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 26

"Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus.  And the hand of … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 26

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 25

“Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” But Peter began and explained it to them in order: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 25

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 24

“While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 24

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 23

'Now while Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They were asking for Simon’s house and were standing by the gate. They called out to ask whether Simon, who was called Peter, was staying there. While Peter was still thinking about the … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 23

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 22

'At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 22

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 21

'Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 21

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 20

'Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 20

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 19

'“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about Paul and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 19

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 18

'Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 18

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 17

'Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 17