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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 12, 2018

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THURSDAY, April 12

Acts 5:38-39 So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!

Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, is saying something important. In his address to the religious elites, he talks about this strange cohort of Jesus-followers who are constantly upsetting the status quo in Jerusalem.

As a child, my family and I visited New York City. Gazing up at the tall buildings, I could have sworn they were moving ever so slightly. I grew very concerned that the buildings were going to fall at any moment. A passerby saw my perplexed face and told me that these tall buildings are meant to flex in the intense winds they encounter. “If they didn’t bend,” he said, “they would break.”

The resilience at the heart of the church has nothing to do with us and everything to do with the spirit of the living God who inhabits and animates it. Jesus has promised that not even the gates of hell itself will prevail against it.

MOVING FORWARD: Think of the most unlikely victory in your life. Do you remember how you felt in that moment? How does revisiting it remind you of God’s goodness?

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 5:27-42

PRAY for the Diocese of Buye (Burundi)

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