Text: Acts 18:12-28
For the church around the world
For brothers and sisters under persecution
THE APPOINTED READING today captures well the overall breathlessness of Acts; the Holy Spirit, blowing where it will, shakes the foundation of every part of life and society, sends men and women on adventures right on their doorstep and around the world, and reveals the hearts of all. While there is persecution and danger, there is also blessing and discovery!
As God’s people, we must never despair or give in to fear. As the encounter with Gallio shows, we have no reason to be daunted by the indifference or hostility of government officials or fellow citizens. Like the Christians at Caesarea or Antioch we can rejoice that we have brothers and sisters around the corner, across the city, around the globe who pray for us and who may, under God’s guidance, be coming to us to encourage and strengthen us. Like Priscilla and Aquila, we may have a chance to welcome someone new, someone like Apollos who is eager and ready to help with the work the vineyard needs.
As you pray and work this day, be assured that many are praying for and working alongside you!
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks
---Detail, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Suess