Proclaiming the Word With Boldness (Wed. May 12)

The word of the day is “bold.”  Many people today have claimed the privilege of promoting their views boldly and without restraint.  Not wanting to be drawn into futile arguments, others have kept silent.  But what about the Gospel of the Resurrection?  How forthright are we in proclaiming the most important message of Christ’s work of salvation? Today in our reading of Acts 4:13-22, we hear Peter’s daring proclamation that salvation is obtainable only in the Name of the Crucified and Risen Christ (Acts 4:12).  In response, the council of religious authorities “marveled” “…when they saw the boldness of Peter and John,” though they “perceived that they [the apostles] were uneducated and untrained men” (Acts 4:13).  Today we consider what…

What Kind of Power? (Tues, May 11)

The word of the day is “power.”  Power is the dynamic ability to do something.  It is a force that produces an effect or the capacity to act upon something.  In today’s reading of Acts 4:1-10, the religious authorities arrest Peter and John for preaching the Risen Christ.  And the rulers interrogate the Apostles asking, “By what power or by what name have you done this?” (Acts 4;7).  Our close reading of this question will open new insight into Peter’s response to the religious authorities and the superior nature of the power of the Name of Jesus. An Important Point Missed With one exception, all the major translations of Acts miss an important point about the question of the power…

How Contemplating the Works of Salvation Can Turn Your Life Around (Mon. May 10)

The word of the day is “turn.”  We are now in the third week of the Paschal season.  How has our life changed?  Yes, the joy of Pascha has given us new hope, new inspiration, and new faith.  Yet has that joy transformed our life?  If not, then Pascha is just another turning of the wheel of the church seasons.  Unless we make purposeful and permanent changes to the way we live, next Lent, we will find ourselves in the same spiritual condition as we were last year. In today’s reading of Acts 3:19-26, Peter concludes his sermon in Solomon’s Porch with the “words of life” that God has sent “His Servant Jesus” to “bless you in turning away everyone…

Nothing More Important Than the Word of Eternal Life (Sun. May 9)

The word of the day is “word.”  What is the main thing?  Often what is most important gets lost in the swirl of things that are less significant.  Today in our reading of Acts 5:12-20, we find that “many signs and wonders” are taking place as the believers meet in the temple (Acts 5:12).  Yet, what was the point?  Luke, the writer of Acts, records that the angel instructed the apostles about the main thing when he released them from prison.  The angel said, “Go, stand in the temple, and speak to the people all the words of this life” (OSB 5:20).  The important thing was not the spectacular miracles taking place and not even the healings of sick and…

The Power of “Faith in His Name” (Sat. May 8)

Christ is Risen! The word of the day is “name.”  Whenever someone does something outside the expectations of normal behavior, people are bound to ask, “Where did he or she  get this?”  Today in our reading of Acts 3:11-16, Peter and John explain the healing of the lame man in the Temple to the astonished onlookers. Peter claims the source of the miracle is the Prince of Life, whom God raised from the dead (OSB vs. 16).  He says, “And His name, by faith in His name, has made the man strong whom you  see and know” (OSB vs. 16). What the Name Represents What is in the “name”?  The name represents all that the Lord is.  To do something…

Enthusiasm That Is Not Dampened (Fri. May 7)

Christ is Risen! The word of the day is “leaping.”  The one thing about power that we can count on is that it will fade. The law of inertia says that a body will stay moving in a straight line unless some force acts on it.  But such forces as gravity, friction, and opposing forces will slow an object down. Time Erodes Enthusiasm–Usually So we might expect that the power of the resurrection to move people to faith and hope would eventually weaken.  The wear and tear of time, opposition, competing claims and interests, and the resistance of the devil would dampen the enthusiasm of the new movement of believers. But consider our reading of Acts 3:1-11.  In this passage,…

Accepting the Word of the Resurrection Gladly (Thurs. May 6)

The word of the day is “gladly. ”   We call miraculous something that is done by an extraordinary and mysterious power.  But is the acceptance of such a phenomenon also a miracle?  In our reading of Acts 2:38-43, we learn of the astounding reception of the initial preaching of the Gospel.  In response to the first sermon preached after the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, three thousand souls were added to the number of believers.  Luke, the writer of Acts record, “ “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized, and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” (OSB  vs. 43).  Note that those who accepted Peter’s message had never heard such things before. …

Posts For Days Missed

Christ is Risen! My apologies for the delay in posting the comments that I now can put on my blog.  (Also, the last post “The Doubter Becomes the Witness” was for May 5, not April 5.) I appreciate your patience and pray that you have a blessed remainder of Bright Week.  I will be home in Michigan soon, God willing.  God bless. Fr. Basil

The Doubter Becomes a Witness (Wed. May 5)

Christ is Risen! The word of the day is witness.”  Today in our reading of Acts 2:22-36, the Apostle Peter preaches the first sermon after the Ascension of the Lord.  In it He offers convincing  evidence for the glorious resurrection of the Lord.  He says, “This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses” (NKJV vs. 32). This proof of all that has happened for our salvation comes at the right time.  By now, some of us might have second thoughts.  We might join Thomas in questioning the truth of the Gospel of the Cross and Resurrection told by the apostles. Thomas the Doubter Turned Witness The most famous doubter of the truth of Christ work of…

Wednesday, May 5

Christ is risen. I’m sorry that for about 2 days I will not be able to post. I’m traveling and do not have the Wi-Fi connection that I need. Stay tuned.