Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Intersection of Life and Faith

<< Greg Laurie Daily Devotions

Greg Laurie Daily Devotion - Sept. 30, 2009

  • 2009 Sep 30
  • COMMENTS

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Enduring Gospel

But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.
—Acts 8:3

Even before Saul was a part of the kingdom of God, he was working for it unwittingly. By attacking Christians, he caused them to spread out geographically. If he had not done this, it is entirely possible that the believers would have remained in a holy huddle in Jerusalem. But Jesus had told them to "go and make disciples of all the nations" (Matthew 28:19). Then along came Saul to arrest Christians, so they dispersed to various areas, and the gospel spread.

Saul was living off hatred and threats, like a wild beast stalking its prey. He was on a search not for God, but for the followers of God. A raging fury obsessed him. And if someone would have said to him as was leaving Jerusalem, "Guess what, Saul? Before the day is over, you will be a follower of Jesus," he would have laughed out loud. But that is exactly what happened. And his conversion was so unexpected that many greeted it with skepticism and suspicion.

Saul's conversion was such an unlikely event that Baron George Lyttelton, a British agnostic of the 18th century, thought it would not be too difficult to disprove. In doing so, he reasoned, he could then show that the rest of the New Testament was unworthy of credibility. But after careful research on the life of Saul of Tarsus (later to become Paul), Lyttelton was convinced the story was true and became a Christian himself. He concluded, "I thought the Conversion and the Apostleship of St. Paul alone, duly considered, was of itself a demonstration sufficient to prove Christianity a Divine Revelation."

So when some people turn a deaf ear to the gospel, put us down, or attempt to shut us up, remember that the Word of God will not return void.

Copyright © 2009 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved. 
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. 

For more relevant and biblical teaching from Pastor Greg Laurie, go to www.harvest.org
and
to listen to Greg Laurie's daily broadcast on OnePlace.com, click here.

SPECIAL OFFER

Hope for Hurting Hearts
In times of tragedies and trials, certain things become evident:

  • This life will have its sorrows
  • God loves us
  • Jesus weeps in our times of pain
  • God can be glorified through human suffering

Hope for Hurting Hearts, Pastor Greg Laurie's new book, examines these truths, revealing God's love and care for us, and shows how we can find hope, even in the midst of the most unbearable pain and sorrow.

You can have your own copy of Hope for Hurting Hearts by Greg Laurie in appreciation for your gift to Harvest Ministries this month

 

Archives

Follow Crosswalk.com