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Bible: Acts of the Apostles 8

In Chapter 13, Paul and Barnabas are told to go to on a mission (v2). How did they get this mission? How was it that God spoke to them and they knew that they had a specific mission to accomplish? They prayed. They worshiped and listened. They also fasted.

Some people may say that fasting is something done in the past; that Jesus would not want us to fast any more. But here we see at least six believers fasting. The fruit of this fasting and worship is clarity in God’s will. The fasting was a gift of self to God. Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, worship is now an act of thanksgiving for His goodness and mercy towards us. When united to worship, this fasting takes on the disposition of the worship that it accompanies. Gift giving assumes a relationship between the giver and the one receiving the gift. So the first Catholics saw themselves as having a relationship with Jesus. Continue reading


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Bible: Acts of the Apostles 7

Chapter twelve accounts the death of the First Apostle James and the arrest of Peter. Herod wants to be popular among the people and has many guards to guard him. The biblke states that there were four squads of four guards. Doing the math, that means sixteen guards were guarding Peter to keep him in jail. He was shakled by “double chains”. Two chains are holding Peter in place and two guards are right next to him on each side. Two guards are right outside the door and the others are about the place. Sounds like he is heavily guarded. Does this have anything to do with the resurrection of Jesus and only the two at Jesus’ tomb? Who knows. Either way, Peter getting out is not a very likely prospect.

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Bible, Acts of the Apostles 6

Chapter 11 explains what Peter went through. We start to see the timing of Paul’s conversion and Peter’s experience. It was in preparation for Paul to be the apostle to the Gentiles. In verse 19, this plan begins to be revealed. Because of the persecution of Stephen, which Paul encouraged, Paul is now coming to Antioch. Continue reading


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Want to Learn More About the Bible?

 PaulOf course you do!! We all do!! A Ten Lesson Audio Bible Study Course on the Gospel of Matthew from St. Paul Center will be led by Fr. Timothy J. Barr beginning on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10:30am until noon at the Holy Family Community Center. A workbook or Kindle study book is required for the Bible Study. In each class, the audios will be heard during the lesson, and then there will be approximately 30 minutes of study and discussion within your groups to work through chapter questions from the workbook, (which costs approx. $10), or Kindle. If you have any questions or want to sign up and join this Bible Study, please contact Cynthia Saar and/or leave a message for her at (815) 232-7400 by no later than Friday, February 9. Let’s all take this opportunity to understand our Faith better!


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Bible: Acts of the Apostles 5

Chapter Ten of the Acts of the Apostles has something very different happening. A centurion is being called by God. Before then, He called mostly Jews. He was a man named Cornelius, a Roman centurion. A couple of times the Bible refers to him as being “God fearing”. This is a lay man’s title for those who are not Jewish, but honor the Jewish religion. They pray to god and even are known to give substantial contributions for the Temple or the Jewish community. Peter is called to go and evangelize him and his household. Peter is instructed to eat profaned meat (v12-14). Peter first refuses because of the type of meat that is set out in his vision. But God has him come to Cornelius’ house and eat. Continue reading


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Want to Learn More About the Bible?

Of course you do!! We all do!! A Ten Lesson Audio Bible Study Course on the Gospel of Matthew from St. Paul Center will be led by Fr. Timothy J. Barr beginning on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10:30am until noon at the Holy Family Community Center. A workbook or Kindle study book is required for the Bible Study. In each class, the audios will be heard during the lesson, and then there will be approximately 30 minutes of study and discussion within your groups to work through chapter questions from the workbook, (which costs approx. $10), or Kindle. If you have any questions or want to sign up and join this Bible Study, please contact Cynthia Saar and/or leave a message for her at (815) 232-7400 by no later than Friday, February 9. Let’s all take this opportunity to understand our Faith better!