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Verse 41: “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”

Those who follow this blog know I sometimes use cartoon references (back when cartoons were fairly safe to let your kids watch), especially Saturday morning cartoons. (I realize to today’s generation of kids, that “Saturday morning cartoons” doesn’t make sense to them, with the advent of cable and cartoon networks.) But I digress…

Hong Kong Phooey was one of my favorite cartoons on Saturday mornings. Even though it only lasted less than 2 seasons, I enjoyed the comic superhero, who was a mix of The Shadow and Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu. He was voiced perfectly by the great actor Scatman Crothers. Part of the “in joke” of the show was, that no matter who Hong Kong might splatter with mud or run over with the Phooey-mobile on the way to a crime, everyone who was the inadvertent brunt of the encounter took delight in crossing the path of “America’s secret weapon against crime”! Everyone virtually sang Hong Kong’s praises, even if he might have just run over their feet! Nobody was ever mad that he accidently hit them! They sounded honored to have had said encounter with the great superhero. I never
caught that as a kid, but as an adult, it does make me chuckle.

The disciples, on the other hand, truly and sincerely rejoiced to be beaten in Jesus’s name. No warning from the council this time; they received the customary 39 lashes (one less than the amount to cause death) and released. They knew they were in God’s will, and they knew His will was no “health and wealth” religion like we sometimes see today. It’s easy to complain to God when things go bad during the day; but take a minute and thank God that they weren’t worse! Thank God that He is still there, and can use even bad things for His good.

Something to think about today.

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