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Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 12

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Bible study on Acts of the Apostles – Chapter 12

Dear brothers and sisters,

In the Bible study on the 12th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles I will discuss:

  • Peter’s miraculous escape from prison
  • Herod’s death

Peter’s miraculous escape from prison

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At this moment in time it was King Herod, which had arrested several persons belonging to God’s church, with the intend to persecute them. James, the brother of John, was already put to death by the sword. The most shocking thing is that King Herod decided to arrest Paul as well, not because of his own conviction in the matter, but because He saw that a part of the Jews were happy with the killing of James. This shows that we should always only rely on God in everything we do and not automatically expect that because someone calls himself (in Revelation they are called name-Christians) that He is actually a Christian in the sense that God considers someone to be a Christian.

His arrest took place during the Festival of Unleavened Bread, so after arresting Peter King Herod have him put in jail until Passover ended. Peter was sent to jail by four guards and during that time also guarded by four of them. At the moment of his imprisonment the church was praying for Paul. This shows that as soon as something is happening to on of our brothers and/or sisters, we should waste no time and start praying for them. If we do this than God will also here our prayers.

And indeed their faith was heard by God and He sent an angel to Paul. He woke Peter up and told Him to get dressed and get with him. It took Peter some time to understand what was happening, so the angel urged him to act immediately. This shows that when God Is busy in our life’s, that we should act immediately and not be hesitant. How often (also speaking for myself) do we have the tendency to first want to arrange and to do all sorts of other things, before doing that thing that God has asked us to do.

While walking out Peter was very amazed, because all guards were vast asleep. When the angel freed him, he went to the house of Mark. Exactly the house where everyone was that was praying for him. It is beautiful how God orchestrates things. They got to see the fruits of their prayer when Peter came in! At the same time the guards could not understand what had happened. See how God will confuse our enemies. Even it is seems that they have the upper hand and are on the point of defeating you, God will strike them a devastating blow. I pray that God will do the same for your and mine current enemies!

Herod’s death

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Herod was so shocked by this news and ordered a thorough search for him, but he also was unable to find him. He also had the guards executed. After this Herod went from Judea to Caesarea and stayed there. First he had been quarrelling with people  of Tyre and Sidon. They joined together to get an audience with Herod to ask for peace, because they were depended on the king’s land for their food supply.

On the day set for this address he was dress in his royal attire and sitting on the throne to address them. Then someone shouted that a God was talking and not a man. Herod, as arrogant has he could be did not immediately gave praise to God and for this reason and angel of the Lord struck him down and he was eaten by worms and died. See how God can put you down if you uplift yourself. Don’t ever take the glory away from God, as God deserves all praise. God, I thank you for everything you have (and keep on doing) done in my life. Even when I am in very hard time of my life, I continuously see how you are guiding and protecting us. Keep us humble by never taking any of your praise or think that when other people boast about us, that we take that glory for ourselves.

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Daily word for 6 April 2016 – Mark 11:25-26

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Daily word for 6 April 2016 – Mark 11:25-26

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Mark 11:25-26 (NIV):

25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.a

When Jesus died for our sins, it did not mean that we will be automatically forgiven by God. If you did sin and want to be forgiven by God, than He demands of you that you forgive anyone that you hold something against. So never keep unforgiveness in your heart as it can keep you away from God!

Amen!

Daily word for 18 February 2016 – Mark 10:43-45

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Daily word for 18 February 2016 – Mark 10:43-45

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Mark 10:43-45 (NIV):

43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Our mindset as Christians needs to be very different (even opposite) of that from the world. If you want to be blessed than you need to be willing to serve others and not have the desire to be served. As soon as we do this, this will make sure that everyone will serve each other and by this God will bless us all.

Amen!

My view – Persecution of Christians

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My view – Persecution of Christians

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to write this blog with my view on the persecution of Christians. God really gave this subject on my heart as more and more we see how Christians are openly persecuted in all sorts of way.

Momentarily the most shocking way is by the terrorist organisation ISIS, that is openly targetting Christians in Iraq. They way they kill Christians by beheading them and killing babies! But also more and more we see that just being a Christian in our society is becoming more and more difficult. Just being open about the fact that you are a Christian can bring a lot of hostile reactions from others, while even Islamic terrorist groups don’t get that kind of treatment. Why? I firmly believe that because God is real and we have chosen to follow Him, they feel because of their sinful nature they feel threatened by our God!

What does the Bible say about persecution?

2 Timothy 3:12 says:

12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

First of all God tells us that we should not fear persection, but that we need to know that persecution will come. Why this warning? To scare us? No, I believe it is to prepare us for it. Because we are living in this sinful world and more and more the devil will try and get us to reject our faith.

1 Peter 4:12-14 says:

Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

Also in Peter God lets us know that we never should be taken by suprise when suffering will come. In the midst of that suffering praise God and don’t let those circumstances dictate your happiness. Also God will bless all those that are persecuted and insulted in His name. We are not on this world for other people, but for our Lord!

These two parts of the Bible confirm that suffering is part of being a Christian. The devil hates everyone that decides to follow Christ and he will do anything to get us to reject our faith and to get us to reject Christ. But never let that happen as anyone that dies in Gods name will be rewarded in heaven. And I am not saying it is easy to give your life, but as we have seen with these beheadings by ISIS all those people did not reject Christ so they are a testimony that when in that situation is possible (very possible) to not give up your faith!

Don’t get discouraged by all the ways that we are being persecuted. Not only by ISIS but also by atheist and homoseksuals (those groups in particular) that will attack Christianity at every way they see possible. Even trying everywhere to marry (while this is Christian institute) with someone of the same sex is already a clear attack from them on Christian values. In the Netherlands they (on purpose) target Christian workers at City Hall when they want to marry. In my country you can choose your own person to do the wedding for you and in a lot of instances gays have deliberatilly chosen a Christian person, because they knew that he or she would reject. And we have laws here that if you reject to same-sex marriages then you have to leave that job.

Please put your trust and find peace in God especially in situation where you are being persecuted. God has not forgotten you and will give you the strength to endure that storm!

God bless you!

Happy Birthday – Kyturah

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Happy birthday Kyturah

Today me and my family celebrate a very special day. Our daughter Kyturah has turned 7 years old! I pray that God will bless her also the coming year and will guide her to every blessing He has in store for my daughter. Thank You for protecting and guiding her.

Kyturah, we are very proud of you and love you very much! God bless you!!

Daily word 3 October 2014 – Hosea 14:9

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Daily word for 3 October 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Hosea 14:9, which says:

9 Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

This verse shows how important it is to not be rebellious to God, but to trust on Him and walk in the ways of the Lord. God will bless your life if you set yourself open to follow Him!

Daily word 1 October 2014 – Romans 15:1-3

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Daily word for 1 October 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Romans 15:1-3, which says:

1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”

As Christians we need to always put our own desires after helping out someone near you. Jesus showed this to die for us on the cross and by following this example of serving others, then you will see how this will not only bless the other person, but also your own life! God bless you all!

Daily word 21 September 2014 – Habakuk 3:17-19

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Daily word for 21 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Habakuk 3:17-19, which says:

17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.

Even in times when everything in life seems to go wrong, don’t stop trusting the Lord, because He is always your strength. And He will guide you out of that moment and bring you blessings in abundance!

Daily word 15 September 2014 – Mark 9:35-37

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Mark 9:35-37 which says:

35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” 36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

Following Christ also means that the way we are should be different from the world. To follow Christ means that you need to be able to serve others and don’t expect only people to serve you. Also when we welcome people and help them, then we know that God will also welcome you! So don’t look how others can serve you, but how you can serve others! Amen!

Daily word 14 September 2014 – Collosians 2:9-10

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Daily word for 14 September 2014

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today I want to encourage you with the words from Collosians 2:9-10 which says:

9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

Always remember what Jesus did for us, and that by Him coming to earth to die for our sins, he made it able for us to befull in Christ. Know that in everything God has all power and authority, so trust only on Him!