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Daily Devotional by Rev. Dr. Kandace Brooks
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Morning by Morning Daily Devotional Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Acts 17

Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews became jealous, and with the help of some ruffians in the marketplaces they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. While they were searching for Paul and Silas to bring them out to the assembly, they attacked Jason’s house. When they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some believers before the city authorities, shouting, “These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named Jesus.” The people and the city officials were disturbed when they heard this, and after they had taken bail from Jason and the others, they let them go.
10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and when they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, including not a few Greek women and men of high standing. 13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica learned that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Beroea as well, they came there too, to stir up and incite the crowds. 14 Then the believer immediately sent Paul away to the coast, but Silas and Timothy remained behind. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and after receiving instructions to have Silas and Timothy join him as soon as possible, they left him.
Acts 17:4-15
We continue to follow the story of the early church in Acts, and in this passage we read about some of the opposition to the spread of the gospel.  If you know me at all, you will guess that I am attracted to the phrase, “These people who have been turning the world upside down….”  This was the accusation leveled against those sharing the gospel – that they were ‘turning the world upside down.’  Don’t you love that?  There is truth here – the radical message of Jesus Christ, and all that Christ requires of us in terms of relationship and the way we live in the world is quite radical.  Radical love, radical forgiveness, radical prayer, radical economics…
I wonder, don’t you, if the church was TRULY following the teachings of Jesus, if this this same accusation might be leveled at us?  I wonder if I am courageous enough to pray for this to come to pass?  Are you?

A Disciple's Path, a six week study in discipleship in the Wesleyan tradition, begins Wednesday, Feb. 13.  There will be both a morning and an evening class.  Call the church office to sign up so that materials can be ordered.

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