They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers ... And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts ..." (Acts 2:42-47)
I. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet” (Ps. 119:105). Today, our Lord and Savior tells us He is the Good Shepherd. In the Middle East, the shepherd and the sheep have a relationship that we can hardly grasp in the modern world. They spend each day together from sunrise to sunset. The shepherd feeds his sheep, waters them, defends them from wolves, trims their wool in warmer months, warms them in the cold, delivers their babies, and knows each and every one by their tiny voices.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). I. We live in a world absolutely transparent. God’s presence fills everything, saturates everything, shines through everything. The problem is, we don’t see it. We’ve all known people who could stand in front of the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls and be completely oblivious to its beauty. In a similar way, we can stand face to face with God but never have eyes open enough to notice. We have to learn how to