John Ritenbaugh gives us empathy for the apostle Paul, graphically portraying his physical hardships involving more than 6,500 miles of perilous foot- and sea-travel. Through the eyes of various secular, contemporary histories, we vicariously experience his difficulties working his trade, problems with lawless communities, …
Paul established his identity and credentials as a Jew in order to build a foundation from which to provide a logical defense of his 'apostasy'.
Paul encountered persecution but also saw his work bear fruit. He was driven from the synagogue, but paradoxically won over its leader, Crispus.
Paul's insistence that a relationship with God could not be established by keeping the law did not lead to the conclusion that the law had been done away.
In Acts 13, the false prophet Elymas is cursed with blindness, providing the witness prompting the Proconsul Sergius Paulus to become converted.
Paul's success at promoting the Way started to undermine the prosperity of vendors promoting the worship of Diana, leading to a riotous assembly in her temple.
Paul, by circumcising Timothy, demonstrates a reluctance to flaunt his religious liberty, preferring instead to exercise cautious conservative expediency.
Paul demonstrated inner peace during turmoil, showing consistency in times of instability and faith in God during persecution, fulfilling the role God gave him.
The phrase 'first day of the week' is used 8 times in scripture, but none does away with the Sabbath nor establishes Sunday as the 'Lords Day.'
Some of us cannot seem to realize a blessing if it slaps us across the face! Ingratitude can hold us back in our relationship with God.
Paul and Barnabas developed the church in the cosmopolitan city of Antioch, the location from where the term 'Christian' originated.
Corinth was at the crossroads of trade routes, abounding in religious syncretism. Paul's letter to the Corinthians instructs us how to live in a wicked society.
The Scriptures are largely silent about the exploits of the apostles other than Paul. We have only general comments concerning their spheres of activities.
Paul expresses joy and camaraderie more with the congregation at Philippi than any other, appreciating their selflessness, generosity, and sacrifice.
Acts 27 teaches that we must distinguish among several types of suffering. Regardless of the type of suffering, we must remember that God will deliver us.
Have you ever wanted to just give up? Have trials weighed you down to the point of despair? Is old age sapping the strength and determination?
Ted Bowling, focusing on a woman known for her hospitality (Acts 16:13-16), reveals that she was evidently a wealthy woman, probably a widow, who used her business acumen to trade in costly royal or imperial purple dye extracted from the glands of shellfish. She had a large house with children and servants, capable of hosting a …
The epistle of Philippians contains some valuable advice to God's people today, having suffered some grievous trials which have bonded them together.