Friday, June 14, 2013

rejecting repentance

Good morning brothers and sisters,
We see today the result of Stephen's proclamation. Anytime we hear a message like Stephen's, a message that confronts us with an image of ourself that we don't want to see, we can choose to listen or to reject it. I hope we will each choose differently than these religious leaders. Of course, the bigger story here is God's faithfulness and Stephen's faithfulness. How can we be more like Stephen in our courage and faith.

God bless,

Acts 7:54-60
54When they heard these things, they became enraged and ground their teeth at Stephen. 55But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56“Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him.

58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

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