“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 46

'While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 46

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 45

"Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 45

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 44

"After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 44

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 43

‘… they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.” When they heard this, the crowd and … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 43

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 42

‘Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 42

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 41

‘From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days. On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 41

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 40

‘Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the Word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 40

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 39

“The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. When they finished, James spoke up. “Brothers,” he said, “listen to me. Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles. The … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 39

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 38

'The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 38

“Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 37

“Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all … Continue reading “Begin Again”: A Weekly Devotional for a New Year, Week 37