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Daily grind

Monday, May 8th, 2017

“Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.” Matthew 8:34

An entire town totally missed the point: 2 people were finally freed and now have a new life. A path that was previously blocked is now open again. The miracle working “Son of God” was in their town. But none of that mattered against the weight of financial threat. 

It was hard to see above their daily grind of work, pay the bills and feed the family… it’s just as hard now.

Early church challenge #1: direct opposition

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

After the inception of the church, Acts 3-4 brings us to the first challenge of the early church – direct opposition. 2 verses

So they seized them and put them in jail until the next day (for it was already evening). But many of those who had listened to the message believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
Acts 4:3-4

When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and discovered that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. And because they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against this… For the man, on whom this miraculous sign of healing had been performed, was over forty years old.
Acts 4:13-14, 22