Author Archives: rickandlindareed

Praise and Prayer Update (March 12, 2020)

Thank you for praying for us and being part of God’s work in and through Heritage.  Last week I asked to you pray for some teaching opportunities that Linda and I had scheduled:  I preached in Mississauga on Sunday; Linda … Continue reading

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The Preacher and Laziness

The following is a chapter from my book, The Heart of the Preacher. “Must be nice to have a job where you only have to work one day a week.” Like many pastors, I’ve grimaced whenever I’ve heard someone make … Continue reading

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The Church in Action (Acts 7)

Acts  7 is the longest in the book of Acts (60 verses), following the shortest (chapter 6 has 15 verses).   In chapter 7 we hear Stephen’s defense before the Sanhedrin.  Having been charged with “speaking against this holy place and … Continue reading

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Praise and Prayer Update (March 6, 2020)

As I write this update, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” here in Cambridge.  I shoveled 6 to 8 inches off my driveway this morning.  It’s actually quite beautiful but we are still rooting for spring! I’m rejoicing … Continue reading

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The Church in Action (Acts 6)

This shorter chapter serves several purposes:  1) it gives further evidence of the church’s internal life and external rapid growth in Jerusalem; 2) it introduces us to Stephen—a man who will be prominent in the next chapter; 3) it continues … Continue reading

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Praise and Prayer Update (February 28, 2020)

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a Praise and Prayer Update.  Linda and I were down in the States at the annual conference for The Association for Biblical Higher Education.  It was a significant time of learning and … Continue reading

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The Church in Action (Acts 5)

Acts 5 contains two major accounts:  Ananias and Sapphira (1-11) and the apostles’ miraculous ministry and run-in with the Sanhedrin (12-42).  In the opening verses, we see two members of the newly formed church pretend to be more generous than … Continue reading

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