By Max Lucado
Lucado makes use of the 1st 12 chapters of the biblical e-book of Acts as a springboard, describing how God makes use of Galilean fishermen-- and every of us-- to alter the area. presents dialogue questions for team 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 -- remember the bread -- crew up -- Open your door, open your middle -- See the necessity, contact the harm -- Persecution : arrange for it, face up to it -- Do strong, quietly -- get up for the have-nots -- take into accout who holds you -- Blast a number of partitions -- do not write off someone -- reliable the excessive horse -- Pray first, pray such a lot -- that is Jesus enjoying that mess around
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And yet, Father, I try to hoard your grace! Put up walls of protection that I might keep hurt out and blessing in. I am like the clam that shuts itself up in its shell, afraid of threats from the outside. You call me to unshell myself and to partner with you in your mission of love. Unshell me, Lord, that I, too, may reach out to a lonely, discouraged, and even hopeless world. In Jesus’ name, amen. CHAPTER 4 Don’t Forget the Bread Your sins will be forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit.
I can stand up in it. Sit down in it. Sleep in the thing if I want to. Go ahead, take a look inside. See the flip-down ledge on the left? Cup holder! Check out the headphones. As if the shell’s insulation wasn’t enough, I can turn up the music and tune out the world. All I do is step in, grab the handle on the interior of the upper shell, and pull it closed. Better than body armor, thick as an army tank. Think of it as a bunker for the soul. In here the world has no hunger or orphans. And poverty?
In rapid succession Peter fired a trio of God-given endorsements of Christ. 1. “God proved that he sent Jesus to you by having him work miracles, wonders, and signs” (v. 22 CEV). Jesus’ miracles were proof of his divinity. When he healed bodies and fed hungry bellies, when he commanded the waves as casually as a four-star general does the private, when he called life out of Lazarus’s dead body and sight out of the blind man’s eyes, these miracles were God’s endorsement. God gave Jesus his seal of approval.