Today's Word for Pastors...
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Today's Preaching Insight...
You Would Think
You would think that when you are doing the things of God, everything would turn out right.
You certainly sense when you read the Acts 1 that it becomes one of the dilemmas the apostle Paul faces. We've encountered his conversion in Acts 9. We've seen the gospel spread across the world. He's gone on these very specific mission trips on behalf of God. He has taken the gospel in the places that God has directed him. He has followed God's leading. He has gathered an offering to go back to Jerusalem. When he delivers it to the temple he's arrested. There's a riot. He's about to get beaten when he appeals to the centurion as a Roman citizen and is taken out of the crowd and away from the beating. Then there's this rather interesting comment. In the midst of all this apparent chaos, Paul hears Jesus say to him in Acts 23:11 "Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome."
Strange way to get to Rome. And yet, reflective of the kinds of things that Paul has been hearing from God in Acts 9, Acts 22. We'll hear it again in Acts 26. He reflects on it in 2 Timothy 4 when he talks about his own relationship with God, that he was destined to be the apostle to kings, to Gentiles; that he would speak in God's behalf in places that no one else could speak. And yet, here he is, under arrest.
You'd think if you were doing things for God, everything would turn out right.
(To read the entire article, "When God Doesn't Make Sense" by Chuck Sackett at Preaching.com, click here)
While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, a police officer was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at the uniform, she asked, "Are you a cop?"
"Yes," the officer answered and continued writing the report.
"My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?"
"Yes, that's right," the officer told her.
"Well, then," she said as she extended her foot, "would you please tie my shoe?"
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