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S.O.A.P February 24, 2018

February 24, 2018 

Read Acts 9:1-19

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ScriptureActs 9:13- “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias...So Ananias went and found Saul.

Observations- Saul (well, God, of course!) is the star of this chapter as Jesus supernaturally appears to him and confronts Saul with his persecution of His followers. It puts Saul on his knees and literally blinds him, but he had been so stricken with spiritual blindness already. There's another man- a believer minding his own business- when God speaks to him about coming to help Saul. Naturally, he says, "But Lord..." It took a little more convincing from the Lord, but Ananias was all in once he was clear God was fully in the request.

Application- When we are truly listening for the still, small voice of the living God to speak into our lives, "But Lord..." is a natural and normal response. We want more information, or we need more time to seek to understand the ways God's call might drastically affect our lives. In the end, however, it's always time for it to be said, "So Jamie went and did what God asked of him." What is your "But Lord?" and what is your "So?"

Prayer- (by Ron Beers) O God, my life is so noisy- and sadly, it resounds more often with ringing phones and droning televisions than with praise and worship for you. Do I ever pause and wonder what momentous things you might be preparing to do in my life? How many moments of awe-inspiring anticipation do I miss by never being still before you? I need your help to discipline myself. Help me to build a few moments of silent anticipation into each day, making time to pray and open myself up to what you want to do in and through me. I pray, God, that in these moments, you will reveal enough of your plan to make me ready for your great purposes in my life. I come before you with reverent awe and anticipation for the glorious future that lies ahead. Amen.

"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God." (Ephesians 4:1),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

Read: Acts 8:26-40

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ScriptureActs 8:29-31 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.

Observations- The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem was not the only, but the first of several the book of Acts tells us about. Persecution forced the core Christian community of Jerusalem to spread out and subsequently bring Pentecost-like events to other faith communities as well. It is pretty obvious that early Christianity had something that made it so relevant, creative and dynamic. And that something can only be the protagonist role of the Holy Spirit.

Application- Centuries later, we should ask ourselves what´s the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and ministries. The answer could help us find His presence or absence. The apostle Paul learned the hard way that as we strive to serve God, we could easily find ourselves doing the wrong thing for the right reason. Regardless the religious, personal or institutional motivations we have to do what we do, if we are not led by the Holy Spirit, it is simply useless… Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will” Acts 26:14 Needless to say Paul was inspired by Philip, who also dropped all religious, personal or institutional agenda, to follow the always relevant, creative and dynamic lead of the Holy Spirit. Philip and Paul´s stories are constant reminders of what kind of leaders and church we can be, if we´d only be more open and flexible to the move of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer- Holy Spirt, breathe life into your Church every day! In the Name above all names, Jesus, we pray, AMEN!

Pastor Roberto

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