Powered by 4 - May 23, 2011


Miraculous...or Routine?

today's reading.
Acts 8    And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles...

think about it.
What is the first thing we learn about Saul (7:58; 8:1-3)? What was his agenda in Damascus (9:1-2)? How did Jesus change Saul's agenda (9:4-9)? What did the Lord do for Ananias (9:10-16)? What does the Lord reveal about his plans for Saul (9:15-16)? What do you learn about Saul's new agenda (9:19-31)? How have you seen God transform your life or someone else's?

the blog.
Who would have ever thought that Saul--the great persecutor of Christians, the man who watched and condoned the stoning of Stephen, the raving fanatic who drug Christian men and women off to prison--would (or could) ever be saved?

I love the account of Saul's conversion. It is truly a vivid reminder of God's unconditional love and forgiveness, and that even though we've sinned big time, we're not beyond God's saving grace. (Thank you, Lord! We love You!!)

So what's your conversion story? Drop us a quick note, maybe even a short novel (just kidding) and tell us about it. How you came to know Christ is IMPORTANT and it's also one of the best ways to let others know about Jesus and what having a personal relationship with the Lord means to you. Tami W.

P.S. If you want to see my salvation story, it's posted on the P4 blog page to start off our conversion stories for the day. Hope you can check it out…and leave your story while you're there too!

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