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“Been There, Done That”

“Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. . . found first his brother, Simon and said, ‘We have found the Messiah'” (Jn. 1:40-42).

The introduction seems to let us know the young man called, “the first missionary,” is to play a lesser role to his brother, Peter, in all 13 scriptures in which he is mentioned. For that reason alone, I have found him close to my own character, not that he failed, but acceptance in playing second fiddle.


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“Remembering The Days of Darkness”

Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility” (Eccl 11:8 NASU)

A popular holiday song has the refrain, “may all your days be happy and bright.” Such is the wish of all who live. It would be nice if there were no days of stress, worry, illness, poverty and death. Reality, though, quickly destroys such a dream. Job observed that man “is short-lived and full of turmoil” (Job 14:1). In view of this harsh reality, Solomon offers two truths:


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“As Many Had Need”

“And they sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, according as any man had need” (Acts 2:45).

Three thousand souls celebrated their new-found salvation. They stayed together and fed on the apostles’ teaching and fellowship. They feared and wondered at the signs and miracles done by the apostles. They worshiped together and ate together. They found favor with all the people. And they grew day by day.


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