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Verse 21: “Then He said to me, ‘Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.’”

“God has sent me to minister and to witness to the Nazis!”

How would you feel if you heard a fellow American say that? Confused? Angry, upset? Fearful?

You could about fill in the blank of “to the ____” with a group or individuals you felt strongly against. I remember back after 9-11-01, our church had a prayer vigil. Our pastor asked deacons to pray for specific groups. And he wanted someone to pray for Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. I chose that one, because I knew it would be through only God’s love and His strength that I could pray for enemies who did such a heinous crime. God reminded me though…isn’t that what Paul was before his conversion? An enemy who killed Christians?

Here, his fellow Jews are in an uproar. “Minister to Gentiles? WHAT? Was he crazy? The Gentiles??? Away with him!” Needless to say, without God’s intervention, Paul probably would’ve been martyred that day. In this case, we see an interesting form of rescue. Whom did God use to save Paul? To paraphrase that great secret agent, Maxwell Smart: “wouldja believe…the Romans?”

More to come!

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Verses 21-23: “Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?” But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.” Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him.”

“And now we’d like to introduce the guest speaker in our service today…Adolf Hitler.” I do believe that type of announcement of one of history’s greatest villains speaking in a church service would get your attention. Imagine if he were giving the sermon in a church service. Or Saddam Hussein. Or Osama bin Laden. I daresay you wouldn’t believe it, even if you saw it.

Yet here was the man who was hunting down Christians, now a convert himself! He was preaching Jesus in the synagogues, confounding the Jews by giving proof through knowledge and discussion that Jesus was the Christ! People couldn’t believe it! Remember, Jesus can use anybody to spread the Word; even the most fanatical opponent. Josh McDowell started similarly; he was so convinced that he could prove the Bible was false that, during the journey, he had no choice after all his research, to conclude that the Bible was true! Nothing is too difficult for God!

Something to think about today.

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verse 1: “A good name is to be more desired than great riches, Favor is better than silver and gold.”

Names….there are some names that call up instant facial associations or memories. Some are good and some are bad. For instance:

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross. You probably thought about the colonial people who are historical figures in the birth of the United States as a nation.

Benjamin Banneker, George Washington Carver, Granville T. Woods, Horace King, Sarah Goode – Leaders/pioneers in the fields of astronomy, agricultural research, railroads, bridge-building, and furniture. By the way, what did they have in common? They also were African-Americans.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Billy Graham, Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley, Paul – men of faith, Christian preachers of the gospel.

Now consider these names:

Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Caligula – their very names conjure up images of the evil that these men fostered.

Now remember this: when we give our lives to Jesus, when we accept Him as Lord and Savior in our lives…no matter who we were before, our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Something to think about.

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