Revelation 2:1-7

Kishor Pandagade, a great friend of CCFluvanna and a missionary with Advancing Native Missions (ANM), shares a message from the letters to the churches found in Revelation; specifically the letter to Ephesus. In this letter we find a commendation and a warning; a warning to those who have “good deeds” but have lost their first…

Acts 19:21-41

After two quiet years of ministry in Ephesus, finally a disturbance occurs around Paul. We’ve seen this before: as Christ transforms a culture by the gospel, the “locals” get angry when it begins to impact their ability for profit. In this case the idol makers are losing business when people stop buying their silver shrines…

Acts 19:8-20

Continuing in Acts chapter 19, Paul is going to remain at Ephesus for a couple of years. For once he isn’t run out of town and after spending some months debating with the Jews in the synagogue, he focuses his ministry on the Gentiles, starting a church there with the group of young believers. In…

Acts 18:18-28; 19:1-7

As Paul concludes his second missionary journey and begins his third, we come across two stories recorded in Acts that reveal the difficulty of a church before the Bible. There were those who knew of John’s teaching/baptism of repentance but hadn’t full understood the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. In the case of…

Acts 18:1-17

Paul moves on to Corinth and ends up staying for around 18 months. After all the pain and trials he has experienced on these missionary journeys, God gives him an amazing promise that he will be safe here, and can minister without the threat of being beaten, jailed, or attacked! During this time, he builds…

Acts 17:16-34

Entering the last half of Acts chapter 17, Paul arrives in Athens, a city of great importance to Greek culture, architecture, learning, and religion. It is here that Paul goes to the marketplace and sees all the idols the Athenians worship and is urged within himself to share the gospel message to this heathen people.…

Acts 17:1-14

Continuing our study in Acts, Pastor Steve continued into chapter 17, as Paul and his traveling companions continue their journey into Europe, specifically in ancient Macedonia. In the first part of this chapter he continues to reach out to the Jews and God-fearing Greeks through the local synagogue. In Thessalonica, there is a great response,…

Easter 2017

On Easter Sunday, Pastor Steve took us to John 14, part of a long conversation that Jesus had with his disciples on the night of the Last Supper before he was betrayed in the garden. When we talk about resurrection, sometimes we only think of it in terms of our own resurrection after death. But…

Acts 16:16-40

What would you do if you were thrown into the inner prison in ancient Greece with your legs fastened painfully in the stocks? I think we can all agree that prayer and singing at midnight is probably not where we would end up! But, before we dismiss Paul and Silas as “super-Christians” we need to…

Acts 16:1-15

As we enter Acts 16, Paul is setting out on his second missionary journey, and due to his falling out with Barnabas, he is taking Silas with him this time. They meet Timothy a young believer at Lystra, who Paul also includes in their journey, and from the language, we believe Luke, the writer of…