But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. (Acts 9:1-2 ESV)
If we are honest, we believe there are people that are beyond the grace of God. They might be someone in the news who actively and maybe even violently live opposed to Christianity. It might even be someone close to you who may not be opposed to the faith, but just ambivalent to it. But if we are honest in a "getting real" moment, we believe they are beyond God’s grace. Sometimes that Read more
And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. (Acts 8:1 ESV)Do you fear that persecution for your faith might happen to you? How does that make you feel about the future? What would that do to your desire to communicate about Christ to those around you?
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”(Acts 7:51-53 ESV)Some people are judicious with their words. They are clear but careful. They know who they are talking to and gently weave their words together. Others are bulldozers. They are a verbal wreaking crew unleashing havoc, maybe intentionally and likely on purpose. Which are you? Read more