Acts 1:12-26 Becoming Twelve Again

They let God lead the way

We join the disciples right after Jesus’ leaves them. They heed the men in white and head back down the mountain. Jesus instructed them to stay in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit so they head back to the room they spent their last night together in. The “upper room.” Here they will wait for Jesus’ promise.

I find it very ironic that the very thing Jesus asked Peter, James and John to do in the garden with Him is what they are clinging to while waiting for His promise. “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer” (verse 14). There were about 120 people in this group praying day in and day out. Jesus’ closest disciples couldn’t stay awake and pray one hour that night but now they are praying for days on end. Read more »

Acts 1:6-11 Be My Witnesses

Father, I’m coming Home!

We join Jesus and ALL His followers as He is saying His final farewell. They don’t realize this is His last time with them but He does. I wonder how different the conversation would have been if they had known too.

Luke tells us that “when they had come together” they brought with them their expectations again of Jesus setting up His Kingdom here on earth. “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom of Israel?” (verse 6). They still didn’t understand all of Jesus’ plans. They didn’t have the Holy Spirit living in them to open their eyes yet. They had been waiting, watching and working (as best they could) to see Jesus take the throne of Israel. They knew the promises but didn’t understand their implications. They couldn’t see the “big picture” yet.

Their question reminds me so much of children on a long trip. The parents understand the concept of time, distance and speed. They can calculate how long it will be before reaching their destination. But to the child, the only thing they know is they want the end to be here NOW! “Is it time yet?” They don’t watch the road signs and calculate how much longer. They rely on the parents to let them know when, but not without a few reminders that they are waiting being thrown in. “Are we there yet? How much longer?” Read more »

Acts 1:1-5 Luke’s Second Letter

His footprints continued on past it too

We’ve made it to Acts! It has taken us awhile to get here but the journey was WELL worth it. I pray that our walking with Jesus day by day brought you new insight and a special closeness to Him. I’m sorry I made the journey longer by missing days; lately more than usual. I want to get back on track as we enter the birthplace of the church.

I was asked if I was going to change the name/title of my blog now that we are moving past Jesus’ physical walks down the dusty roads. Because it would mean losing a lot of people in the transition, I’m keeping it the same but we could call our next step “Walking in Jesus Footprints.” He marked the path for His disciples and ultimately for us. He knew we would need His footprints to keep us going on the right path. I’m SO grateful for them today. Read more »

John 21:20-25 Sworn Statement

John 21:15-23 Peter’s Marching Orders

Peter was a sheep too but he had a new mission

We are to part two of the final story John shares in his PS closing. We are going to take a couple verses out of my bible’s third section of the story and put them with today’s reading. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get here. I have been doing a dozen other projects lately. But we are here now and we are going to settle in and see where God leads us.

Jesus had finished breakfast with the seven disciples He met at the edge of the sea that morning. I KNOW this meeting wasn’t a coincidence. Jesus had a purpose in mind and this was the perfect place to carry it out. Read more »