Up until now, Paul had been recounting the history of his people. Addressing the synagogue that day, Paul placed them in the story that God had been sharing. But here in verse 26, Paul shifts to let them know that the story is still being written, and that they are witnessing history.
It’s a regular habit of mine, as both a personal discipline and a group strategy, to ask the question: Where have I (or we) seen God recently? It forces me to stop and look around. To observe. To breath. To pay attention to the details of life that so easily rush by.
Paul’s journey begins, as we shall see, in rather dramatic fashion. Acts 13 is the forefront of Paul’s mission. But what we also discover is that much of what will consume Paul’s time in the future is found here. This story will serve as an archetype for Pauline ministry.
I remember sitting in a freshman orientation class learning about the need for a five, and even a ten year plan. I was urged, passionately pleaded with, to make sure that I have everything planned out with purpose and direction. I remember his booming voice.
A few days ago I had a conversation with a young woman questioning her place in God’s story. She was excited about joining in and discovering more, but had some concerns. A new Christian, she just wasn’t convinced that she could make it. She lamented her Bible knowledge, her previous experiences, she was in-between jobs, […]