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Stephen's Witness

ArticleApril 26, 2017Acts 6:1-7:2,44-60

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    Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, is set apart for helping run a food program because the Twelve need to devote themselves to prayer and teaching the word. The tables turn and Stephen impacts more than just widows and orphans—he impacts the world because with his dying breath he chose to forgive a crowd as they killed him, simply because he proclaimed Jesus as Messiah. The Good News is that even when the enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy, we can forgive and still find peace in the next life to come.

    A short retelling from Acts 6:1-7:2a,44-60


    What's the through line? Stephen is just a regular guy who has put his faith in Jesus. He was pleased to just help with food distribution but God used him for so much more.

    How does this help me love God better? God doesn't use us like the rest of the world uses us. What the world thinks we're fit for doesn't mean that is what God think's we're fit for. That's just one of a gazillion reasons God is worthy of our praise.

    How does this help me love people better? I can choose to love my enemies because in the end, I know that I too will see Jesus seated at the right hand of God.

    Reflections from Acts 6:1-7:2,44-60

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