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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Acts 26

Blatant and unashamed

Summary:
Paul told the King that he was raised in the strictest Jewish customs, and he was on trial simply for his hope in God's promises. He explained that he was against the Christians too, but encounter Jesus on the way to Damascus, and was sent to the Gentiles with his message. He was just preaching repentance, which is good right?

Festus thought he was mad, but Paul said that he wasn't. Paul asked the King if he knew the prophets. The King asked whether Paul was so arrogant to think he could convert him there and then. Paul basically said yes.

The King and Governor thought he was weird, but not a criminal. He would be free had he not appealed to Caesar.

Key verse:
29. Paul replied, "Short time or long—I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains."

My thoughts:
Just like that. I love this verse. We need to be unashamed and open about the fact that we are Christians, and we want others to become so. They may think we are arrogant for trying to 'convert' them. They may think that we're wasting our time. However, we need to believe that we have something good to offer people. We want people to have what we have because we believe it is good. If people ask "Are you trying to make me a Christian?", we should give some half-assed answer, we should say "Yes", because we know what to really be a Christian means, and we know that it's good.

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