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2 Men; 15 Minutes; Eternal Impact. Welcome to Text Talk. Edwin and Andrew open their Bibles and talk about it. Join us for a weekday time of Biblical devotion to God.


08-07-2020: Taking the Bad with the Good
Aug 7 • 16 min
Acts 25:23-27Paul got some great opportunities to advance the gospel. However, to do so, he had to go through some pretty awful stuff. We must learn to take the bad along with the good. After all, the road to the kingdom is not a garden path, but…
08-06-2020: Even Festus Knew Paul had Done Nothing Wrong
Aug 6 • 17 min
Acts 25:13-22Despite false accusations and persecutions, may we always live as Paul did: innocent of false charges. However, if we are guilty, may we like Paul be ready to take the discipline and punishment we deserve.Read the written devo that goes…
08-05-2020: Christian First, Roman Second
Aug 5 • 16 min
Acts 25:9-12Paul uses his Roman citizenship, but never forget that he is a Christian before he is a Roman.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us…
08-04-2020: As the Lord Gave Opportunity
Aug 4 • 15 min
Acts 25:6-12What incredible opportunities Paul had to share the gospel with some shocking folks: governors, kings, prominent men. Edwin and Andrew discuss several aspects of these opportunities. How we should be praying for our opportunities….
08-03-2020: Old Conspiracies Never Die
Aug 3 • 13 min
Acts 25:1-5Paul has been in Caesarea in prison for two years. The Jews still want to kill him. What’s up with that?! Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have….
07-31-2020: Righteousness, Self-control, and the Coming Judgment
Jul 31 • 15 min
Acts 24:22-27Did you catch Paul’s conversation with Felix. Not exactly the topics the modern world or even modern Christians claim should be first on the evangelism list. Yet, here we are. Let’s discuss this business of righteousness, self-control, and…
07-30-2020: Why is Paul on Trial?
Jul 30 • 15 min
Acts 24:20-21Did Paul completely forget what he actually said on trial? Is there a contradiction in the Bible? What is up with the fact that before Felix, Paul claims he said something to the Jewish Council, but we know he said something different. This…
07-29-2020: According to the Way
Jul 29 • 16 min
Acts 24:5, 14-15Paul said he served according to the Way. Not according to a way. Further, he was correcting the notion that the Way was a sect of any other philosophy or religion. That has some big implications for modern Christianity. Let’s talk about…
07-28-2020: Finding Paul
Jul 28 • 15 min
Acts 24:5-21Tertullus claimed one thing about how they found Paul. Paul claimed another. Yesterday seemed pretty tough learning that we are just going to get folks mad at us. So mad, they will make false accusations. Today, though, we learn that isn’t…
07-27-2020: Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven
Jul 27 • 15 min
Acts 24:1-9Jesus had promised that His disciples would face persecution. But he proclaimed when we do and we suffer false accusations and beatings and mockings, we should rejoice, because that is when the kingdom belongs to us. Therefore, Paul didn’t…
07-24-2020: Making Myself Look Good
Jul 24 • 17 min
Acts 23:23-35It’s Jackson Cook’s last episode with Text Talk! We’re sad to see him go. But we’re excited to talk about sincerity, hypocrisy, personal image consultants, and the modern attempts to simply make ourselves look good. Whether we are fudging…
07-23-2020: Vows and Oaths
Jul 23 • 16 min
Acts 23:12-22Vows and oaths were serious things. Jesus takes it a step further. Today, Edwin and Andrew talk about honesty, faithfulness, loyalty, and keeping your word.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us…
07-22-2020: Hope and the Resurrection of the Dead
Jul 22 • 17 min
Acts 23:6-11What was Paul’s hope? What is our hope? Our hope is not what the culture wants it to be. And increasingly, it is not what is popular in the mainstream “Christian” world. Today, Edwin and Andrew talk about the hope of the resurrection.Read…
07-21-2020: Whitewashed Walls
Jul 21 • 17 min
Acts 22-30-23:5What on earth is a whitewashed wall? Edwin and Andrew jump into that discussion and talk about hypocrisy. How do we overcome the whitewashed wall syndrome?Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us…
07-20-2020: In All Good Conscience? Really?
Jul 20 • 16 min
Acts 22:30-23:5Paul claimed to have lived in all good conscience his entire life. But isn’t this the guy who tracked down Christians, threw them in prison, and even voted to have them executed? How can he have a good conscience about that at any time in…
07-17-2020: The Cost of Discipleship
Jul 17 • 16 min
Acts 22:22-29When the Roman Tribune explains how he became a citizen, we learn why the disciples were so surprised rich people wouldn’t enter Jesus’s kingdom. Edwin and Jackson talk about citizenship in the Roman Empire and in Christ’s kingdom. Read the…
07-16-2020: Sent to the Gentiles
Jul 16 • 16 min
Acts 22:17-21We must not overlook what a blessing it is for most of us today that Jesus met Paul in the temple and sent him to the Gentiles. The gospel came to most of us because Paul heeded that instruction faithfully. Praise the Lord!Read the written…
07-15-2020: What are You Waiting For?
Jul 15 • 16 min
Acts 22:12-16Edwin and Jackson have a Q&A about baptism in the Bible. What’s it for? Do we need to be baptized? What does it accomplish? What does it not do?Let’s talk about baptism on today’s Text Talk!Read the written devo that goes along with…
07-14-2020: The Revelation of the Gospel
Jul 14 • 16 min
Acts 22:6011Paul recounts his conversion on the road to Damascus. The blinding light. The voice of Jesus. The revelation of truth. It is one of the most significant moments in all of history. It was the moment when Paul learned the gospel. He talks…
07-13-2020: Zealous for God
Jul 13 • 15 min
Sometimes we are shocked by Paul’s about face when we see his conversion on the road to Damascus. In today’s reading, though, we discover why that about face was so “easy” for Saul to make. Let’s talk about Saul’s zeal for God that allowed him to become…
07-10-2020: Permission to Speak
Jul 10 • 16 min
Acts 21:27-40How amazing is it that Paul, a suspected assassin and seeming troublemaker, simply asks the Roman tribune if he can speak to the crowd, and because he can speak Greek, the guy says, “Sure”? Can anyone else see God working behind this? Let’s…
07-09-2020: All Things to All Men
Jul 9 • 15 min
Acts 21:17-26We get a real life of example of Paul living out his claim that he would be all things to all men that he might by any and all means save some. He was even willing to participate in some votive sacrifices to keep from having an obstacle…
07-08-2020: Thousands of Jewish Christians
Jul 8 • 15 min
Acts 21:17-20The Christians in Jerusalem were scattered by persecution in Acts 8. However, by Acts 21, James is able to say there were thousands of Jewish Christians again. What a powerful testimony to the work of God and also to the role of developing…
07-07-2020: Let the Will of the Lord Be Done
Jul 7 • 15 min
When Paul would not be swayed by the pleas of the brothers and sisters to stay out of Jerusalem, they resigned themselves by saying, “Let the will of the Lord be done.” And really, that is just how we need to live at all times, isn’t it? Let’s talk…
07-06-2020: Ready for Prison
Jul 6 • 16 min
Acts 21:7-16Paul was ready to walk into Jerusalem, be arrested, go to prison, and even die for the Lord. What kind of faith and commitment does that take? Let’s talk about that today on Text Talk.We reference Scott Hafemann’s book “Suffering and the…
07-03-2020: The Whole Counsel of God
Jul 3 • 14 min
Acts 20:26-27Paul was innocent of the blood of all people. Why? Because he taught the whole counsel of God. He held nothing back. He taught it all to everyone he could.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us…
07-02-2020: What Do I Value?
Jul 2 • 13 min
Acts 20:22-35Paul was willing to walk into Jerusalem, get beaten, get arrested, get thrown in prison, and even die? How did he pull that off? Because he had his values and priorities in line. That leaves us with a question. “What do I value?” Edwin and…
07-01-2020: In Public and From House to House
Jul 1 • 14 min
Acts 20:17-23Paul didn’t keep his teaching hidden. He taught in public, and he taught from house to house. Edwin and Andrew talk about what it will take for us to follow in Paul’s footsteps.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by…
06-30-2020: On the First Day of the Week
Jun 30 • 15 min
Acts 20:6-12Important things happen on the first day of the week for the Christians in the New Testament. Not the least of which is the day of gathering for Christians to remember Jesus, His death, burial, and resurrection through the Lord’s Supper….
06-29-2020: We Need More than Pauls
Jun 29 • 16 min
Acts 20Sometimes we focus on Paul. Why wouldn’t we? He did a lot. We see a lot of his work throughout the New Testament. However, we need way more than Pauls. We need folks like Timothy and Sopater and Aristarchus and so many others. Let’s talk about…
06-26-2020: Balanced Preaching
Jun 26 • 16 min
Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us at TextTalk@ChristiansMeetHere.org. Join the Facebook community and join the conversation by clicking…
06-25-2020: On Smokescreens, Red Herrings, and Persecution
Jun 25 • 16 min
Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us at TextTalk@ChristiansMeetHere.org. Join the Facebook community and join the conversation by clicking…
06-24-2020:J-E-S-U-S is not the Name of Jesus
Jun 24 • 16 min
Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us at TextTalk@ChristiansMeetHere.org. Join the Facebook community and join the conversation by clicking…
06-23-2020: Error Has Consequences
Jun 23 • 15 min
Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us at TextTalk@ChristiansMeetHere.org. Join the Facebook community and join the conversation by clicking…
06-22-2020: There is More to Baptism than Water
Jun 22 • 15 min
Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us at TextTalk@ChristiansMeetHere.org. Join the Facebook community and join the conversation by clicking…
06-19-2020: Listen to Those Who Know More (Apollos: Part 2)
Jun 19 • 16 min
Acts 18:24-28Apollos not only spoke boldly, he listened humbly. Now if only we could all balance both of those characteristics.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. We discuss “Crucial Conversations,” a great book…
06-18-2020: Be Bold in What You Know (Apollos: Part 1)
Jun 18 • 16 min
Acts 18:24-28Apollos knew a lot. But he didn’t know everything. Should he have kept quiet? Should he have preached boldly? Edwin and Andrew give some surprising advice in today’s Text TalkRead the written devo that goes along with this episode by…
06-17-2020: Tenacity
Jun 17 • 14 min
Acts 18:9-23No matter what he faces, Paul just keeps on preaching and teaching. Edwin calls that tenacity. Jackson Cook, today’s guest co-host, calls it perseverance.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know…
06-16-2020: Many Corinthians Believed and Were Baptized
Jun 16 • 17 min
Acts 18:5-11Many people go to 1 Corinthians 1 and claim the Corinthians weren’t baptized for the remission of their sins. After all, God didn’t send Paul to baptize. However, in Acts 18 we learn when Paul got done preaching to them, they responded by…
06-15-2020: Occupied with the Word
Jun 15 • 16 min
Acts 18:1-5In Corinth, Paul got back to tent making. But when Silas and Timothy arrived, they found him occupied with the Word or is that compelled by the Spirit. Either way, it is a great state to be in. Edwin and Andrew talk about what that would look…
06-12-2020: The Resurrection is the Rub
Jun 12 • 15 min
Acts 17:30-34Once again, the people listen until Paul brings up the resurrection. That is a real problem for people who want to explain away Christianity as just a natural occurrence among superstitious, gullible people.Read the written devo that goes…
06-11-2020: All People Everywhere Must Repent
Jun 11 • 13 min
Acts 17:29-31If God made all people from the same person, doesn’t it stand to reason that when He sends a Savior, that Savior is for all people? Of course it does. And doesn’t it then stand to reason that God expects all people to repent and give…
06-10-2020: He Made from One Man Every Nation
Jun 10 • 16 min
Acts 17:22-31Racism is a blight on the earth. God made one race, the human race. And from one man every nation, ethnicity, tribe, tongue came into being. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you…
06-09-2020: The Unknown God
Jun 9 • 14 min
Acts 17:10-23Paul was accused of preaching foreign deities. He starts off by saying, “I’m not preaching a foreign deity. I’m preaching the God you all know is out there; you just don’t know who He is.” However, it takes us a while to get there. Let’s…
06-08-2020: “Another King, Jesus”
Jun 8 • 15 min
Acts 17:1-9Jesus is King. He’s a real King. He isn’t play-acting. He isn’t pretending.That isn’t just a cool title to make Him sound better than He is. He is a real King and that means something about our lives. Read the written devo that goes along…
06-05-2020: Asked to Leave the City
Jun 5 • 13 min
Acts 16:35-40When the magistrates release Paul and Silas from jail, they ask them to leave town. This is just the moment when Paul usually stuck around to do more teaching, however, this time he leaves. What’s up with that?Special guest on today’s…
06-04-2020: A Dual Citizenship
Jun 4 • 15 min
Acts 16:35-40Paul makes it clear elsewhere his citizenship is in heaven. But in Philippi, he also declared he was a citizen of Rome. Let’s talk about this dual citizenship.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let…
06-03-2020: When Did they Believe?
Jun 3 • 15 min
Acts 16:16-34The Philippian Jailer and his household believe the gospel and are saved. But when did they believe? We answer that question today.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning…
06-02-2020: A Gentile at the Place of Prayer
Jun 2 • 14 min
Acts 16:11-15Paul and Silas end up in Philippi. They go out to meet some Jewish women at the place of prayer. However, the big shock is the one who responds is a Gentile. Way to go, Lydia!Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by…
06-01-2020: But He Didn’t Have to be Circumcised!
Jun 1 • 13 min
Acts 16:1-5We’ve just been through a whole debate to declare that folks don’t have to be circumcised. But now Paul circumcises Timothy. What’s that about?Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you…
05-29-2020: Multiplication through Division
May 29 • 16 min
Acts 15:35-41Paul and Barnabas disagree and split ways. Usually, that is a totally bad thing. However, this time it actually ends up causing some positive results. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know…
05-28-2020: It Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit
May 28 • 15 min
Acts 15:22-35For some reason, even though the Holy Spirit never makes an appearance in Acts 15, the apostles claim their conclusion seemed good to the Holy Spirit. How can that be? Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking…
05-27-2020: No Greater Burden
May 27 • 15 min
Acts 15:13-21James encouraged and the letter they sent out said they didn’t believe the Gentile Christians had any greater burden than four really odd things. Edwin and Andrew discuss what all that is about. Read the written devo that goes along with…
05-26-2020: Cleansed by Faith; Saved by Grace
May 26 • 16 min
Acts 15:6-12Some of the Jews were trying to claim that Gentiles had to be saved the same way they were. Peter argues that, actually, the Jews will only be saved the same was as the Gentiles—by grace through faith. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?Read the…
05-25-2020: The First Church Council?
May 25 • 15 min
Acts 15:1-6Many people declare the meeting in Jerusalem to discuss circumcision in Acts 15 the first church council. Some even add in that they wrote a creedal statement. However, that is not what is happening at all.Read the written devo that goes…
05-22-2020: Perspective Matters
May 22 • 14 min
Acts 14:24-28Pay attention to Paul’s report when he gets back to Syrian Antioch. After so many dreadful, awful, terrible things happened to Barnabas and him on the missionary journey, he gives this amazing report about all of God’s miracles and all the…
05-21-2020: Persecution Grows
May 21 • 16 min
Acts 14:19-23In every city, the level of persecution gets higher, stronger, more painful. Until finally, Paul is actually stoned. What do they keep on doing? They keep on preaching. What conviction! What commitment!Read the written devo that goes along…
05-20-2020: “We Also Are Men”
May 20 • 14 min
Acts 14:8-18When Paul heals a lame man, the Lystrans decide he and Barnabas are gods. What a great opportunity for them to get a following if they were just making all of this up. But that isn’t what they did. They did everything they could to get the…
05-19-2020: Peter and Paul Parallels Continue
May 19 • 15 min
Acts 14:8-18Luke is going out of his way to show that Paul is not going rogue. He is as much of an apostle as Peter. Edwin and Andrew discuss this from Paul’s sermon in Acts 14.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here….
05-18-2020: “So They Remained for a Long Time”
May 18 • 15 min
Acts 14:1-3Barnabas and Paul were getting persecuted. The opponents were poisoning the minds of the audiences (and disciples) against them. What did they do? Did they pack up and run away? No. They decided that was the perfect time to stick around….
05-15-2020: A Light to the Gentiles
May 15 • 16 min
Acts 13:40-52Jesus was not merely the Savior of the Jews. He came to be a light to the Gentiles. And that is awesome because Andrew and Edwin are Gentiles. Salvation is for all. Praise the Lord!Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by…
05-14-2020: Resurrection: The Message of Salvation
May 14 • 16 min
Acts 13:26-39While most of the New Testament and most of us today view the message of salvation as the crucifixion and atoning death of Jesus, Luke has a different perspective. Sure, he knows about the death and its atoning nature. But his main focus is…
05-13-2020: From Saul to David
May 13 • 14 min
Acts 13: 20-26Paul makes a subtle argument in his preaching. He explains how God gave Saul to be king, but then removed him and replaced him with David. This sets the stage for God removing the Law and replacing with the gospel, removing Moses and…
05-12-2020: Second Verse, Similar to the First
May 12 • 16 min
Edwin and Andrew get just a tad rhetorical. We notice Luke’s method of proving to us that Paul is just as much an apostle as Peter. This is good news for the Gentiles, it means he wasn’t going rogue when he brought the gospel to us.Read the written devo…
05-11-2020: Astonished at the Teaching
May 11 • 14 min
Acts 13:1-12Saul and Barnabas start their first missionary journey. Saul becomes Paul. He strikes a man blind. And he converts a proconsul. It’s a power-packed day for Paul. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let…
05-08-2020: Herod vs. the Word
May 8 • 15 min
In this corner, royal egomaniac Herod. Trying to take on Jesus Christ and His church by executing apostles and accepting worship as if he is God. In the other corner, the Word of God. Find out who wins!Read the written devo that goes along with this…
05-07-2020: Praying with Faith
May 7 • 13 min
Many people have thrown these Jerusalem Christians under the bus for praying without faith. Is that fair? Is it accurate? Edwin and Andrew talk about prayer and faith.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us…
05-06-2020: On Rejoicing and Weeping—Empathy in Awkward Times
May 6 • 14 min
John’s brother was executed. Andrew’s brother was delivered. Now they have to figure out how to rejoice and weep together. Empathy is tough. Let’s talk about that for a little bit today.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking…
05-05-2020: On Life, Death, and God’s Uneven Blessings
May 5 • 14 min
It certainly doesn’t seem fair that God let James get executed, but delivered Peter. Edwin and Andrew talk about life, fairness, and whether or not God’s blessings have to be the same for all of His children.Read the written devo that goes along with…
05-04-2020-Eternal Life, Not Long Life
May 4 • 15 min
When James died, it must have been faith shaking. But it clues us into the true promise of the Lord. The blessing of Jesus Christ is not long life; it is eternal life.Read the written devotion that goes along with this episode by clicking here.Let us…
05-01-2020: The Hand of the Lord
May 1 • 17 min
Acts 11:21-30Antioch was successful with the gospel because of the hand of the Lord. If we want success, guess what we will need to be with us. Then we discuss some crossover elements between the famine Judea suffered and the distress we are in today…
04-30-2020: The Parenthesis Closes
Apr 30 • 16 min
Acts 11:19-20It’s getting a little technical in here. Edwin and Andrew discuss the rhetorical device Luke uses to set off an entire group of stories in this book. Then we discover what that group of stories is all about. It’s about you and your…
04-29-2020: Repentance that Leads to Life
Apr 29 • 15 min
Acts 11:18God didn’t grant the Gentiles salvation or forgiveness or life. He granted them the repentance that leads to life. That’s odd. Don’t you think? Edwin thinks so and that leads into a great conversation about salvation for both Cornelius and…
04-28-2020: A Message that Saves
Apr 28 • 16 min
Acts 11:4-18Edwin and Andrew hit head on the controversy surrounding Cornelius’s conversion. Was he saved before he was baptized? Was he still lost when the Spirit fell upon him and his household? Peter actually tells the story in chronological order…
04-27-2020: Eating with the Uncircumcised
Apr 27 • 15 min
Acts 11: 1-3Peter had just been involved in one of the most significant conversions in the short history of the church. The gospel had been opened up to the Gentiles. But when he gets back to Jerusalem, all the circumcision party can think to say is,…
04-24-2020: Baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ
Apr 24 • 16 min
Acts 10:44-48Cornelius was a good man. He feared God. He cared for people. He was devout religiously. He had met an apostle. He had even spoken in tongues by the power of the Holy Spirit. But he was still commanded to be baptized in the name of Jesus…
04-23-2020: God Shows NO Partiality
Apr 23 • 15 min
Acts 10:34-43It took Peter a long time to learn it, but he was finally convinced as he stood in the home of Cornelius that God shows NO partiality. Everyone can be saved. Anyone can be saved. Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone will. Edwin and Andrew…
04-22-2020: Send for Peter
Apr 22 • 14 min
Acts 10:24-33The angel of God could have told Cornelius all he needed to know about Jesus, the gospel, becoming a Christian, being baptized in the name of Jesus. Yet, the only instruction he gave was for Cornelius to send for Peter. Edwin and Andrew…
04-21-2020-Pick Christ Over Preconceptions
Apr 21 • 14 min
Acts 10:9-20Peter had a choice. Hang on to his preconceptions about foods and Gentiles or listen to Jesus. He made the right choice. Let’s follow his example.Click here to read the written devo that goes along with this episode.Email us any questions…
04-20-2020: Devout, but Lost
Apr 20 • 15 min
Acts 10:1-8Cornelius was a devoutly religious man, but he still needed a Savior. He feared God and he loved his fellow man, but he still needed the gospel. Edwin and Andrew talk about this good man’s need for the gospel and ours.Click here to read the…
04-17-2020: Tabitha-A Servant Worth Raising
Apr 17 • 15 min
Acts 9:36-43A sister who makes garments for widows dies. The disciples are having none of that. They ask Peter to raise her from the dead. He does. What’s up with that? Find out why Luke tells this story. Then find out how this story really impresses…
04-16-2020: Aeneas—A Testimony for Peter
Apr 16 • 14 min
Acts 9:32-35Luke doesn’t tell us about Aeneas simply to let us know about a cool miracle. He is preparing the way for Peter’s trip to the Gentiles. He wants us to know that Peter hasn’t gone rogue. He is still a faithful apostle. God is still with him….
04-15-2020: Barnabas—A Son of Encouragement
Apr 15 • 16 min
Acts 9:26-31We’ve met Barnabas before. The apostles called him a Son of Encouragement. We see more evidence of that in today’s reading. What would it be like to have Barnabases in your life? What would it be like if you were a Barnabas? Let’s talk about…
04-14-2020: Ananias—An Example of Faith
Apr 14 • 15 min
Acts 9:10-19Imagine being Ananias when God called you to go talk to the persecutor who drove you from your Jerusalem home (or at the very least drove a bunch of your closest friends from theirs). That is who we are talking about today. What did he do?…
04-13-2020: Saul—A Shocking Choice
Apr 13 • 15 min
Acts 9:1-19No doubt we are all shocked by Jesus’s choice of Saul as one of His top ambassadors and apostles. And yet, that is exactly what we find in today’s reading. Let’s talk about what that means for us even today.Click here to read the blog post…
04-10-2020: If a Eunuch can be Baptized…
Apr 10 • 13 min
Acts 8:26-40The Eunuch had traveled from Ethiopia to Jerusalem only to find he was kept on the outside. He was a second class citizen of the Jewish kingdom, not allowed to fully participate in the worship and in the temple. He was always kept on the…
04-09-2020: Faith in an Age of Fakes and Frauds
Apr 9 • 16 min
Acts 8:9-25Edwin and Andrew discuss the contest between Simon the Sorcerer and Philip the Evangelist. Guess who wins? They can’t help but get into a discussion of all the modern fakes and frauds today—supposed faith healers. They all use the same kind…
04-08-2020: Proclaiming the Christ
Apr 8 • 16 min
Acts 8:5Preaching the Word means proclaiming the Christ. Edwin and Andrew talk about what is necessary in preaching Christ. If we are not careful, we end up thinking we are preaching the Word, but not because it lacks Jesus. On top of that, they notice…
04-07-2020: Preaching the Word
Apr 7 • 15 min
Acts 8:4Edwin and Andrew discuss the guide for preaching and teaching: the Word. This discussion turns into a great review of the previous 7 chapters of Acts, looking at how the Word has played a part in the growth of the kingdom and the salvation of…
04-06-2020: Scattered but Preaching
Apr 6 • 15 min
Acts 8:1-3In Acts 8, having witnessed the execution of Stephen and watched the coats of those who cast the stones, Saul takes up the cause against the Way and begins a ravaging persecution that scatters the saints. However, as the Christians are…
04-03-2020: Listen to the Lord
Apr 3 • 14 min
Acts 7:51-60Stephen’s audience had a choice. Listen to the message or kill the messenger. SPOILER: They killed the messenger. Stephen became the first Christian martyr following fully in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. You have a choice. You can either…
04-02-2020: The Prophet
Apr 2 • 13 min
Acts 7:35-39Centuries before Jesus, Moses promised a coming Prophet. Stephen wants his audience to see that Jesus is, in fact, that Prophet. Jesus is the one they were waiting for. And they killed Him. Wow! What is truly amazing is Satan pulled this off…
04-01-2020: God’s Hand Not Mine
Apr 1 • 13 min
Acts 7:23-29Edwin and Andrew notice two instances in which Stephen contrasts the use of man’s hands versus God’s. Guess which one was actually successful. In fact, it causes us to learn a significant point about how the Jews were actually perverting the…
03-31-2020: Focus On God not the Place
Mar 31 • 13 min
Acts 7:44-50We continue our look at Stephen’s sermon. This time, we notice the theme surrounding the temple and the holy place. God met man in many places. The Jerusalem temple was not special because it was the Jerusalem temple. Rather, it was because…
03-30-2020: Focus on God Not the Man
Mar 30 • 13 min
Acts 7:30-34Stephen’s sermon is intense and deep. In this episode, Edwin and Andrew discuss one of the themes throughout the sermon. Don’t focus on the man but on the God who uses the man. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by…
Bonus: Prayer during COVID-19 Crisis
Mar 28 • 14 min
We are all facing a very difficult time as our communities strive to determine the best way to face the COVID-19 pandemic. We have health fears. We have economic fears. We have fears for our families, for our congregations, for our communities, for our…
03-27-2020: Even Priests Became Obedient
Mar 27 • 15 min
Acts 6:7Here is the shocking part of Acts 6. Priests, who had been among the persecutors in the previous chapters, start to listen and obey the faith. Never prejudge. Keep spreading the Word.We’d love to know what you are learning from the text or what…
03-26-2020-Pleasing the Whole Gathering
Mar 26 • 15 min
Acts 6:1-7We get back to the first half of Acts 6 today and notice the most shocking part. Somehow, the apostles’ solution pleased the whole gathering. Edwin and Andrew examine some of the conditional attitudes necessary to produce that kind of unity…
03-25-2020-Teamwork
Mar 25 • 15 min
Acts 6:1-4When the Jerusalem church faced their division-threatening problem, they had to make some significant changes. In fact, if we read too quickly, we may miss exactly how profound those changes were. They had to change how they related to one…
03-24-2020-Persecutions Without
Mar 24 • 16 min
Acts 6:8-15Edwin and Andrew consider the second half of Acts 6. The first half dealt with problems within. This second half looks at the persecutions without. This isn’t the first of the persecution they have dealt with. However, a significant shift…
03-23-2020-Problems Within
Mar 23 • 13 min
Acts 6:1-7Edwin and Andrew discuss the problem that almost divided the very first congregation. However, instead of being a problem that divided, it ended up becoming an opportunity that multiplied. Find out how the first Christians dealt with the first…
03-20-2020: Rejoicing to Suffer
Mar 20 • 14 min
Acts 5:33-42The apostles were arrested, threatened, and beaten. How did they respond? With rejoicing. Wow!!! What an amazing outlook. Edwin and Andrew discuss that great example. Then they kept on teaching. We need to follow in their footsteps.Read the…
03-19-2020-Obey God Rather than Man
Mar 19 • 12 min
Acts 5:26-33Edwin and Andrew continue this week’s look at Acts 5 noticing the conviction Peter and the other apostles had to serve the Lord no matter what. Even when they were threatened, jailed, beaten, they were going to obey God rather than the…
03-18-2020-Yes, Sadducees, There are Angels
Mar 18 • 13 min
Acts 5:17-21Edwin and Andrew discuss one of the subtly funnies passages in the whole Bible. The Sadducees don’t believe in Angels, but that didn’t stop one from breaking the apostles out of jail. They also discuss some of the interesting similarities…
03-17-2020-The Shocking God
Mar 17 • 12 min
Acts 5:1-11Edwin and Andrew hit the hot topic of Acts 5. Why on earth would the God of the New Testament kill Ananias and Sapphira. That’s tough. That’s shocking. Discover the differences between the God of the Old Testament and the New (hint, hint:…
03-16-2020-Christianity is NOT Socialism
Mar 16 • 12 min
Acts 5:1-11Edwin and Andrew clear up the mistaken notion many people assert from the first couple of chapters of Acts. Which leads to a discussion of generosity and fellowship. Then, to top it all off, they notice that the Holy Spirit is God. We’d love…
03-13-2020: No Needy Among Them
Mar 13 • 12 min
Acts 4:32-37What an amazing statement about the first church. “There was not a needy person among them…” Edwin and Andrew unpack this statement, digging into its Old Testament background and explaining exactly the point Luke was making. It is…
03-12-2020: Friends Who Pray
Mar 12 • 12 min
Acts 4:23-31When Peter and John were released from their arrest, the first thing they did was find some friends. However, it wasn’t so their friends could hide them. It wasn’t just for emotional support. They weren’t just trying to find a group that…
03-11-2020: Speak
Mar 11 • 12 min
Acts 4:13-22Peter and John were commanded by the Jewish Council to stop speaking in the name of Jesus. But Peter told the the Council to go jump in a lake. Well, those weren’t his exact words. However, he didn’t mince words with them. He didn’t lead…
03-10-2020: No Other Name
Mar 10 • 12 min
Acts 4:5-12Edwin and Andrew discuss salvation in Jesus, the exclusive nature of Jesus and Christianity, and what it means to do things in Jesus’s name. This episode unveils one of the silliest mistakes folks make today when it comes to their attitude…
03-09-2020: Be Annoying
Mar 9 • 12 min
Acts 4:1-4Edwin and Andrew home in on the annoyed Sadducees and encourage us to be annoying. Okay, okay, they don’t actually want you to try to be annoying, but find out what annoyed the Sadducees and what we need to do when people are annoyed by…
03-06-2020: Get Back Up When You Fall
Mar 6 • 13 min
Edwin and Andrew kick of this discussion by considering what an amazing blessing it is that Peter, even though he didn’t quite understand what he was saying at the time, explained the lame man’s healing is an indicator that the blessing promised to…
03-05-2020: Don’t Atrophy
Mar 5 • 12 min
Edwin and Andrew go through a thought experiment. When the healed man woke up the next day, what did he need to do? How do you think he reacted? What would have happened if he had decided to not walk, get carried by his friends, and just keep begging at…
03-04-2020: Walk Like a Healed Christian
Mar 4 • 12 min
Edwin and Andrew talk about what the lame man needed to do after a week, a month, a year, a decade. Then things get really good as this springboards into the reason Peter, through Jesus, had authority to raise up the lame man. We find out exactly who…
03-03-2020: Grace through Faith
Mar 3 • 14 min
We’re going to talk about that healed lame man some more. Today’s discussion demonstrates the cooperation between the lame man’s faith-filled response and the power of God’s grace. This says a lot about our salvation.Check out the written devotional…
03-02-2020: The Goal of Healing is to Walk
Mar 2 • 13 min
Peter and John heal a lame. Edwin and Andrew talk about it. In today’s discussion, Edwin and Andrew highlight the parallels between miracles of healing and our own spiritual healing in salvation. Learn how the goal of Peter healing this lame man mirrors…
02-28-2020: Repent and Be Baptized
Feb 28 • 14 min
Today, Edwin and Andrew discuss the very first offer of the gospel. When the people heard and then responded, what was their motivation? Even more important, what was Peter’s answer? And why is Peter’s answer so different from what most preachers and…
02-27-2020: Where is the Body?
Feb 27 • 13 min
Edwin and Andrew talk about Peter’s mic-dropping moment when he threw down the gauntlet for all the opponents to accuse him of lying. “If I’m lying, where’s the body?” This is the question everyone has to deal with. Something happened on that weekend….
02-26-2020: Who Was David Talking About?
Feb 26 • 13 min
Today, Edwin and Andrew discuss the nature of prophecy. Did you know that David was not only a king, but a prophet? But who was he talking about when he wrote Psalm 16?Check out the written devotional that goes along with this episode by clicking…
02-25-2020: You Crucified; God Delivered
Feb 25 • 12 min
Even though when the Jews and Romans crucified Jesus it was part of God’s foreknown plan, they were still responsible for crucifying Jesus. It wasn’t God’s fault. Today Edwin and Andrew talk about that responsibility and how we can’t overthrow God’s…
02-24-2020: Holy Spirit Evangelism
Feb 24 • 13 min
On the very first day of the church, the Holy Spirit attracted the attention of thousands of people. About 3000 of which responded and became Christians. Today we talk about how modern evangelism will parallel. We also discuss how that very first…
02-21-2020-He Turned Aside
Feb 21 • 13 min
Why did Judas get replaced? It wasn’t because he died. Edwin and Andrew discuss Judas, his replacement, and what it must have been like to be Justus. What? You don’t know who that is? Exactly.Read today’s blog post devotional that goes along with…
02-20-2020: Devoted to Praying
Feb 20 • 12 min
After Jesus ascended, but before the Spirit descended, the small group of disciples were devoted to praying. Today, Edwin and Andrew talk about prayer. Discuss when to pray and what our biggest hindrance to praying is.Check out today’s written blog post…
02-19-2020: Many Proofs
Feb 19 • 13 min
Many proofs of the resurrection? Edwin and Andrew dig a little deeper into some great reasons we know we can trust Luke, Acts, and the Bible. Why would Luke talk about “many proofs” but only record a handful? This episode is a faith builder.Read today’s…
02-18-2020: Theophilus
Feb 18 • 11 min
Edwin and Andrew wonder what’s in a name. Starting from Theophilus they discuss names and meanings. Was Theophilus real? If not, what does that mean? If so, what does that mean. It becomes a great look at how we got the Scriptures and how the written…
02-17-2020: Acts—The Sequel
Feb 17 • 17 min
Today’s Reading: Acts 1Edwin and Andrew open our look at Acts by discussing its nature as a sequel. This leads to a discussion of Jesus, His sacrifice, His Kingship.Check out our Daily Reading Devotional Blog post that goes with today’s episode by…
Text Talk: The Trailer
Feb 11 • 2 min
Two MenTwo MinutesAn announcement of a new podcast that will change your life or maybe simply revolutionize your weekday commute. Join us for Text Talk.Join us at church this Sunday.Check out our written daily devotional blog that corresponds with our…