February 2021

With the flick of the fingers, friction occurs and a spark leaps from match to tinder.  A small flame burns the edges and grows, fueled by wood and air.  Heat builds, and soon the kindling is licked by orange-red tongues.  Higher and wider it spreads, consuming the wood, the flame has become a fire. 

Nearly 2000 years ago, a match was struck in Palestine.  At first, just a few in that corner of the world were touched and warmed; but the fire spread beyond Jerusalem and Judea out to the world and all people. Acts provides an eyewitness account of the flame and fire – the birth and spread of the church.  Beginning in Jerusalem with a small group of disciples, the message traveled across the Roman empire. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, this courageous band preached, taught, healed and demonstrated love in synagogues, schools, homes, marketplaces, courtrooms, and on streets, hills, ships and desert roads – wherever God sent them, lives and history were changed. 

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