As you read through Luke, what has been one new thing you have learned about Jesus?
What is something that you held onto that you now see held you back?
Read Acts 6:8-15. What do the people claim Stephen is doing wrong?
Read Acts 7:1-53. To refute the claims, Stephen tells the biblical story. What are the key ideas and points that he makes? What is the overall idea he is telling?
Read Acts 7:54-60. What does Stephen say as he’s being stoned? What gives him the strength to do this?
Stephen ultimately asks the father to forgive all those who are stoning him. Who is someone you can offer forgiveness to this week?
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The last few chapters of Daniel look like all things are hopeless. The beasts look like they are just grinding God’s people into the dust. But the book of Daniel has already been a hopeful book for God’s people, and we see hope comes up from the dust.
Daniel is an old man, and he has been waiting for his whole life for the Lord to return his people back to the homeland. According to the prophet Jeremiah, it was only to last 70 years, and there are just 3 years left. However, an angel of the Lord comes to Daniel and tells him, “No, it’s 7 times 70.”
Our Father Who is in Heaven,
Daniel has another terrible dream. This one has rams and goats running all over the world destroying it in their wake. Nothing can be done; they are just too big and powerful. Who can stop the charging goats and rams?
We go back in time; Daniel is back in Babylon under that last terrible king. Daniel wakes up sweating; he had a terrible dream, just like the kings before. He sees four beasts coming from the sea, each more powerful than the last. The fourth is the biggest and worst beast; however, we see the son of man gives us hope for the future.
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Babylon is over; the Persians are no longer in charge. King Darius loves Daniel because he has an amazing spirit of the Lord and is able to help the king do his job well. But the other leaders don’t like Daniel and create a rule to bring him down. How will Daniel react; will it be with panic and anger, or will he trust in the Lord no matter what may come?