By Max Lucado
Lucado makes use of the 1st 12 chapters of the biblical publication of Acts as a springboard, describing how God makes use of Galilean fishermen-- and every of us-- to alter the area. offers dialogue questions for crew or own use, in addition to rules for motion. discovering Father Benjamin : a myth -- Our once-in-history chance -- Calling Mr. Pot Roast -- enable God unshell you -- do not forget the bread -- staff up -- Open your door, open your center -- See the necessity, contact the damage -- Persecution : organize for it, withstand it -- Do strong, quietly -- get up for the have-nots -- bear in mind who holds you -- Blast a couple of partitions -- do not write off somebody -- sturdy the excessive horse -- Pray first, pray so much -- that is Jesus enjoying that mess around
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Or “You had your chance”? Or “You should have listened the first time”? Peter, surely with outstretched arms and tear-filled eyes, gave this invitation: Turn back to God! Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you and your children. It is for everyone our Lord God will choose, no matter where they live. (vv. 38–39 CEV) Peter would eventually speak about poverty. The church would soon address the issues of widows, disease, and bigotry.
What can we learn from their priorities and passion? Let’s ponder their stories, found in the first twelve chapters of Acts. Let’s examine each event through the lens of this prayer: Do it again, Jesus. Do it again. After all, “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Eph. 2:10 NLT). We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven but here on earth. Here’s a salute to a long life: goodness that outlives the grave, love that outlasts the final breath.
When missionaries describe multitudes of lost, lonely souls, I climb in. Why, just last week someone told me about regions of the world that have no clean water. Without my clamshell to protect me, who knows what I would have done. I might have written a check! This is quite a shield. You probably have your own. Most of us have learned to insulate ourselves against the hurt of the hurting. Haven’t we? Mustn’t we? After all, what can we do about the famine in Sudan, the plight of the unemployed, or a pandemic of malaria?