Monday, 19th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 18:1-11

Prayer Pointers:

For those on the edge of faith

For those God is approaching

For growth as a disciple

WITH PAUL NOW IN CORINTH, a general point about the stories of Acts might be in order. You may have noticed that, in every place the apostles went, there was an encounter with someone, or a few someones, who were religious. Philip converts the Ethiopian as he studies the Scriptures riding home from a religious festival. Peter has the famous encounter with Cornelius, a noted God-fearer. Paul’s meeting with Aquila and Priscilla, Jews expelled from Rome, is just one of many that he has as he goes from town to town. These are folks who live by the rhythms and disciplines that religious devotion brings.

Now, this fact flies in the face of our hopes about God, who we believe is just hanging out and hoping that we’ll get around to noticing him at some point as we do whatever spiritual practice or activity catches our fancy. These stories are also stories of readiness, of being prepared. Our preschool once had a visit from the local fire station, and as the fire fighters showed off the truck and the equipment, they explained that they did regular classes, cleaned and prepared and rechecked their equipment, and in general were very disciplined—devout—about their preparations, because in the event that there was a fire, they wanted to be ready. Do you see how the people in Acts were ready for the fire of the Holy Spirit that was about to be poured out on them?

Now, let’s be clear—our devotion, our discipline does not make God appear, or the Holy Spirit come, any more than a fire fighter’s preparations make fires break out. But to engage in the disciplines of the Christian—to worship God in spirit and truth; to study the Scriptures, the words and habits of Jesus; to connect to other Christians in community, to serve the neighbor with our skills, resources and time; to do these things means that we are also in a better position to recognize God at work, we are ready when the Spirit is about to burn.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks

---Detail, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Suess


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

Miss Mollie's School of Grace Preschool

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.