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AC24 – Preaching and Persecution

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AC23 – Stephen’s Defense Part 3

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AC22 – Stephen’s Defense Part 2

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AC21 – Stephen’s Defense Part 1

What do you have to say for yourself? Stephen was arrested and charged with blasphemy. His experience was paralleling Jesus’ experience before this same council. As Stephen begins to answer the charges, it becomes clear he is not interested in pleading his own defense. He has a message to deliver to the council.

AC20 – Increasing Persecution

http://media.blubrry.com/hearing_from_harmony/p/hbcgodfrey.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/20190224am.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSFaithful in Little and Faithful in Much Stephen was one of the seven chosen to serve tables. Soon after, wider ministry opportunities opened up for Stephen. He preached Jesus in Jerusalem and Jews disputed with him about Jesus. He spoke in the synagogues and they couldn’t…

AC19 – The Ministry of the Word

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AC18 – Suffering Shame

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AC17 – Lying to God

http://media.blubrry.com/hearing_from_harmony/p/hbcgodfrey.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/20190210am.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSHave you heard the one about hypocrites in church? We’ve all heard the comments, complaints, and criticisms about hypocrites in church. It may shock you to find out, but hypocrites do exist, and some of them go to church. Nearly every church in the New Testament…

AC16 – Bold Living

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AC-15 Bold Prayer

http://media.blubrry.com/hearing_from_harmony/p/hbcgodfrey.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/20190127pm.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSHow did the church respond to persecution? From the early chapters of Acts, we would have to include prayer as one of the characteristic marks of a true church. The fact that they prayed in response to persecution tells us something. What they prayed for also tells us something.