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Twenty-three men and no women have

been executed in the United States in 2017.

The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of December 13-19, 2015, is Acts 26:12-18.  In this passage, Paul is speaking to Festus, Roman governor of Judea, and King Agrippa, the great-grandson of King Herod, who tried to kill Jesus as a baby.  Paul has already appealed, and been granted permission, to take his case before Caesar and is awaiting transport to Rome.   In speaking with Festus and King Agrippa, Paul shares with them how he became a follower of Jesus Christ.

 

“While so engaged, as I was traveling to Damascus with the authority and commission and full power of the chief priests, at midday, O King, I saw on the way a light from heaven surpassing the brightness of the sun, shining all around me and those who were traveling with me. And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice in the Hebrew dialect (Jewish Aramaic) saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick[repeatedly] against the goads [offering pointless resistance].’ And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.Get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you[to serve] as a minister and as a witness [to testify, with authority,]not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you,[choosing you for Myself and] rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you,to open their[spiritual]eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness and release from their sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified (set apart, made holy) by faith in Me.’  (Acts 26:12-18, AMP)

  

When and how did you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?  Perhaps your story is not as dramatic as Paul’s story - few are.  That does not make it any less important.  It does not mean that God’s plan for you is not important.  As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon Paul’s salvation story, consider your own.  How has your life changed since you became saved?  How is God working in your life?

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