Strong Emotions

today's reading.
Acts 24:1-27    And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul...
Acts 24

think about it.
How does Paul answer Tertullus' charge (24:10-21)? What is Felix's response to this case (24:22-27)? Felix was apparently interested in faith in Jesus, but could never make the decision; how do you handle people like that? What do you think moves them from questions or discussion to decision and belief?

the blog.
Paul has been arrested and is in prison in Acts 24:1-27 and he's now before Felix, the governor. As we start out our passage, the Jewish leaders present their case against Paul and then Paul responds. So case over and decided--right? Nope. Apparently there were no speedy trial rules back in Paul's day. So Felix drags things out and refuses to issue a ruling. Paul was in captivity for two years and when Felix left office, he left Paul there in prison. Now I'm thinking Paul had to be disappointed. Yet, there's no outward indication of that, even as we read down through Acts 25.

Paul was a trooper and his example was truly an encouragement to me today to hang in there and stay the course concerning some things I've been praying about and dealing with for a number of months now.

So how do we develop an attitude and mindset like we see Paul demonstrating here? Any "trooper" experiences you'd like to share? Tami W.

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