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“They continued to stone Stephen while he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!’ Then he fell to his knees and cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them!’ When he had said this, he died.” (Acts 7:59-60, New English Translation) Acts 6 and 7 introduce us to two notable New Testament men: Stephen, the first Christian martyr, and Saul, who passionately persecuted the young church. Under different circumstance, the two may have become good friends. Both were Greek-speaking Jews born elsewhere but now living in Jerusalem. Both were passionate about their faith. Perhaps they…

Love. What do you think of when you hear that word? What’s your reaction?  How do you feel when you say it, or when it’s said to you? It’s a popular word in our culture.  You might hear it used in ways like: “I love that dress!” or “Oh, I love lasagna.”  You might even catch yourself saying it to describe something you enjoy. I wonder if it has reached the point where we could say it’s so overused that it has lost its true meaning.  Is the context now downplayed and dismissed to a simple feeling of joy or…

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34—35. The love we express to one another is a living testimony that we are the disciples of Jesus. People will know if our words are void and lack true emotion, but true love will be expressed from our hearts. The Power of a Heartbeat The human heart begins to beat at the first month of conception. From the moment it…