Saturday, June 8, 2013

service and trouble

Good morning brothers and sisters,
First, I'm out of town this weekend and my phone will not work. In an emergency you can reach me at my hotel in Toronto: 416-977-0502, room 1009. I'll be back Sunday night. We read about how the church elected seven leaders to oversee the care of widows in the church. Today we'll learn more about one of those leaders, Stephen. We'll see that while the specific ministry to which he was elected was about caring for people in need, his calling as a Christian led him to preach about Jesus. You never know where your calling might take you.

God bless,

Acts 6:8-15
8Stephen, full of grace and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and others of those from Cilicia and Asia, stood up and argued with Stephen. 10But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.

11Then they secretly instigated some men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12They stirred up the people as well as the elders and the scribes; then they suddenly confronted him, seized him, and brought him before the council. 13They set up false witnesses who said, “This man never stops saying things against this holy place and the law; 14for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses handed on to us.” 15And all who sat in the council looked intently at him, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

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