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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Upside Down

Oct. 27, 2013

Adventure stories are like roller coasters. The best ones have some twists, turns and surprises. Few things are more unexpected than a bad guy changing his ways. Yet that’s what happened to Saul.

Saul was a religious leader in Israel. But he didn’t know Jesus. Saul wanted the Church to stop preaching the gospel. So he tried to cause trouble for Jesus’ followers. Saul dragged Christians out of their houses and had them thrown in jail. And he watched with approval when people killed Stephen for talking about Jesus. (See the story on page 10.)

Saul was on his way to Damascus to arrest more Christians when a bright light suddenly flashed around him. Jesus spoke to Saul and asked why Saul wanted to hurt His people. Jesus told Saul to go to Damascus and wait. When Saul opened his eyes, he realized he couldn’t see. He was blind!

For three days Saul did not eat or drink. He spent his time praying. God heard Saul’s prayers and spoke to a Christian named Ananias. God told Ananias to go to Saul and help him.

Ananias was worried. He knew Saul was a bad guy who had tried to destroy the Church.

“But the Lord said to Ananias, ‘Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel’” (Acts 9:15, NIV).

Ananias followed God’s instructions, and Saul’s eyes were healed. Saul gave his heart to Jesus and was baptized. Then Saul did something that surprised everyone. He started preaching the gospel. Saul no longer wanted to silence the Church’s message. Instead, he wanted to spread the good news of Jesus.

Saul became a great missionary and leader in the Early Church. He took the gospel to many places and had some amazing adventures while serving Jesus. He is remembered today as Paul, the apostle who wrote more books of the Bible than any other person.

God turned Saul’s life upside down and made him a new person from the inside out. God can do that for you too. The Bible teaches that all people have sinned and done bad things. But Jesus forgives sins and changes hearts. That’s the message Paul shared everywhere he went.

— By Christina Quick

 

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