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“Who Cares?”

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Read Acts 17:24-34

“Some began to ridicule him. But others said “We will hear you about this again.”  So Paul went out from their presence.” (Vs. 32-33 HCSB)

As I mentioned last time about no harm coming to Paul in Athens, Beth also points out that he “was not forced to leave the city”.  Acts 18:1 tells us he simply left.” (1)  In Athens, they wanted to hear from this “babbler”, they were into the latest and greatest, they were philosophers and could debate all day long.  Most of them could care less!

“They were too cold to care!  Paul’s experience in Athens is a perfect example of a situation in which people were open-minded to a fault.  Their motto was ‘anything goes’.  Everyone was welcome to his own philosophy.  Live and let live!  If it works for you, go for it!  Athens was the birthplace of the tolerance movement.” (2)

But let’s take a look at what Paul did tell them about “what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you” (vs. 23)

  • The God who made the world and everything in it
  • He is Lord of heaven and earth
  • He does not live in shrines made by hands
  • Neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything
  • He Himself gives everyone life and breath and all things.
  • From one man, He has made every nation of men to live all over the earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live
  • So that they might seek God
  • Perhaps they might reach out and find Him
  • He is not far from each one of us
  • For in Him we live and move and exist,  as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring’
  • Being God’s offspring, then, we shouldn’t think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination. (vs. 24-29)

How else could they, you, I know this God unless we get in His Word to learn more about him.  Read for yourself!  Don’t repeat what is simply told to you and/or get in debates over something that you’re not even sure about!

Today take some time and continue to read … read the scripture references each time, so that you become knowledgeable about our God and not be in the habit of worshiping an “unknown god!” 

Become the person who does care and not indifferent to the One “who made the world and everything in it!”

 Have a great weekend :)

Vicky

(1-2) Paul, 90 Days in His Life of Faith/Beth Moore/B & H Publishing

“Righteous Renegades”

Read Acts 11:19-26  “But there were some of them, Cypriot and Cyrenaic men, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Hellenists, proclaiming the good news about the Lord Jesus.” (vs. 20)

“Persecution scattered the early Christians as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch.  But some gutsy believers who had traveled to Antioch broke the mold.  They began to share with Gentiles also.  As a result of their testimony in Antioch, ‘a large number who believed returned to the Lord.’ (vs. 21)”

“When God desires to do ‘a new thing’ (Isa. 43:19), He purposely seeks out a few righteous renegades who don’t have a problem breaking the mold!  Mold-breakers are usually people who don’t care much about popularity or tradition.”

“The report about them reached the ears of the church in Jerusalem.” (vs. 22).  Antioch was about 300 miles north of Jerusalem, but juicy news travels faster than a speeding bullet!  Barnabas was dispensed to Antioch immediately.  When he arrived, he ‘saw the evidence of the grace of God.’ (vs. 23)

“According to Vs. 23, Barnabas ‘encouraged all of them to remain true to the Lord with a firm resolve of the heart,’ to plan in advance to remain faithful to Him!  I cannot overemphasize the importance of this exhortation.’  ‘The most effective time to resolve to obey Christ is in advance of difficulty.  Planning to stay faithful can greatly enhance victory.” 

Eventually Barnabas and Saul connected and met with the church and taught large numbers of people.   “What a team, Saul the teacher and Barnabas the encourager.  One taught the principles of a godly life and the other assured them they could do it with God’s help.” 

“The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch (vs. 26)   The Greek word the believers were called was Christianos.  Not normally used by Christians themselves in the New Testament.  Christian was a label coined by unbelievers as a form of ridicule.  Once again, how beautifully God stole the victory from Satan.  The very word used as a mockery became the greatest privilege a man could boast.’  ‘If anyone suffers as a Christian, he should not be ashamed, but should glorify God with that name.’ (1 Peter 4:16)

  • “Those who took God’s Word to the streets remind us that adversity gives our faith a place to shine.  What can you do to keep your faith sharp in advance of its greatest challenges?
  • How can you ensure that struggles will not lead you to doubt but to daring deeds?”

Vicky

Paul, 90 Days of His Journey of Faith/Beth Moore/B & H Publishing

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