030503 Finding God in the Mystery of every day
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Acts 8: 3 But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house; and he would drag away men and women and put them in prison.
Philip in Samaria
4 Therefore, those who had been scattered went through places [c]preaching the word. 5 Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming the [d]Christ to them. 6 The crowds were paying attention with one mind to what was being said by Philip, as they heard and saw the [e]signs which he was performing. 7 For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been paralyzed or limped on crutches were healed. 8 So there was much rejoicing in that city.
No, it’s not a model of the Star Wars Death Star. It’s a dandelion head ready to scatter its seed. So what? You might ask. Well, I only shar this along with the accompanying text to illustrate Jesus’ desire for His disciples to bloom where they are planted. It was the same for the Israelite captives carried off to exile in Babylon many years before Jesus was born. Jeremiah the prophet told the captives to settle down, yes settle down in their captivity and blossom where He had placed them. (See Jeremiah 29:4-9)
Philip was merely obeying the edict from Jesus to make disciples as he was going along. (My translation) The miraculous aspects of this text are not up for debate. The location (Samaria) was a place traditionally “offensive” to the Jews. But, in the wake of this home-grown diaspora Philip merely acted in character for one who obeys Christ.
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MAITLAND, FL—Author Larry M. Lawrence delights fans with this fourth installment of The Whitney Chronicles 4, No Greater Love ($17.49, paperback, 9781662855320; $8.99, e-book, 9781662855337).
Josiah returns in this newest book and wastes no time in coming face-to-face with coyotes and drug cartels that take advantage of immigrants and their families, caring more for their pockets and politics than their passengers’ prosperity.
“Living in North Carolina where there is a significant Hispanic population, I sensed a sort of underlying desperation and stoic resolution among the people to avoid interaction outside of their small groups. I hope to communicate through this story that there are those who would like to come alongside and welcome newcomers,” said Lawrence.
Larry M. Lawrence is an author, songwriter, musician and retired pastor of 22 years with a BA in Biblical Studies. He currently resides in Missouri with his wife Jane and serves as worship leader at his home church in Union, MO.
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