From the Pastor….

Week:                         April 7-12, 2024

Read:                          Acts 21:27

Key Verses:  “When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province
of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him.”

When the apostle Paul visited the temple at Jerusalem, following his third missionary
journey, he encountered people who opposed his ministry and message. The people had been
told that Paul pushed Jewish believers in Asia Minor and Macedonia to reject Jewish
customs. These people viewed the message of Christ as a threat to their way of life.
Interestingly, that’s not far from what we see in 2024. The “opposers” began shouting lies
and rumors about Paul, quickly stirring up trouble (vv. 28-29). Then, a mob dragged Paul
from the temple and beat him, with soldiers showing up afterwards to arrest him.
As Paul was being arrested, he asked the Roman commander if he could address the crowd
(vv. 37-38); Paul’s request was granted. Paul spoke to the crowd, sharing his testimony (v.
40). The Jewish crowd listened quietly. In just one moment, the opposition towards Paul,
turned into an opportunity for him to share God’s Word. As believers, opposition is not a
threat to us or our way of life; rather, it is a chance for God to show up and change
the circumstance that is occurring at that moment.

As we are all aware, there are people around us who like violence, chaos and division. As
believers, we should not accept these behaviors, nor allow them to impact our faith. The
enemy (and those under his influence) can never win. (James 4:7). As followers of Christ,
we also have to be courageous in all things, as it takes courage (and a lot of it) to do the right
things and live with honesty and integrity.

Further, as believers, we are admonished to share God’s love and peace with a disparate
world. Could it be that the uncomfortable situations that we would really rather not be in, are
hidden opportunities to shine the light of Christ that we proclaim to have?

Prayer: “Father God, help me, as I struggle daily in a broken world. Give me the wisdom to
recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit, which is far more powerful than any attack the
world can throw at me. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.”

WBC Pastor Anddre

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