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    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. ...

Double Trouble

Oct. 27, 2013

Paul preached in Ephesus, and many people turned to Jesus. A silversmith named Demetrius didn’t like this. Demetrius made idols for people who worshipped false gods. He was afraid he would lose money if people became Christians and stopped buying his idols.

So Demetrius stirred up trouble against the Christians in Ephesus. Soon an angry mob gathered. They screamed and shouted and tried to make the Christians go away. Paul wanted to speak to the crowd, but his friends were afraid he would be hurt.

Finally, a city official reminded the people Paul and his friends had done nothing wrong. He told them rioting was against the law. The crowd finally calmed down and went home.

But Paul’s troubles weren’t over.

When Paul returned to Jerusalem in Israel, some men there falsely accused him of breaking the law. Before long, there was another riot. The people grabbed Paul and beat him. They wanted to do to Paul what they had done to Stephen. But some soldiers came and put a stop to it. They arrested Paul and tied him up with chains.

Paul turned to face the crowd. He told them the story of how he came to know Jesus. But they refused to listen. They shouted in anger and threw dust into the air.

Though Paul escaped the riot in Ephesus, things turned out differently in Jerusalem. But God had a plan for Paul. The people who wanted to stop the gospel would unknowingly help Paul spread God’s Word. The Lord told Paul he would be taking a trip. Just as Paul had shared the gospel in many other places, now he would have the chance to talk about Jesus in Rome.

Wherever the gospel is preached, there is opposition. The devil is God’s enemy. He doesn’t want people to come to know Jesus. That’s why he is always scheming to cause problems for the Church. Of course, God is much more powerful than the devil. Jesus’ followers can trust God to bring about good in every situation.

Paul wrote these words in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV).

When you go through difficult times, you can trust Jesus to be with you. He has an amazing plan for your life. He wants you to take His message everywhere you go, just as Paul did.

— By Christina Quick

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