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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 30, 2018

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MONDAY, April 30

Acts 14:11-12 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the chief speaker.

Having a pocket-sized God is handy—we can take God out when we want or put God away when we don’t. We can tell God where to go and what to do and how to do it. When Paul and Barnabas work signs and wonders in Lystra, the crowds believe they must be gods. Imagine the surprise when the crowd discovers that these two are zealots from Judea trying to make their way through the city like everyone else. The difference between these two companions and the rest of the people in Lystra is that Barnabas and Paul have brought the words of God to a people in sore need of it.

When we speak this kind of love into the world, people may mistake us for angels or gods, because they don’t hear these merciful words spoken very often—or ever. Like Paul and Barnabas, we must be willing to always point to the source of that love and proclaim the good news of God in Christ.

MOVING FORWARD: Are you noticing the shift in Acts from Peter to Paul? Why do you think this is?

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 14:1-20

PRAY for The Anglican Church of Kenya



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