Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 26

2/4/2019

WEEK 26 - ACTS 26 - February 4, 2019

Written by Cindy Hull, member - Waynoka UMC; former conference United Methodist Women's president.
 
       This week we find Paul pleading his case before King Agrippa and Governor Festus in Jerusalem. He tells of his being transformed from the strictest of Jews to a champion of Christ, his Lord and Savior. He makes his case that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of what “the prophets and Moses said would take place.”

      Trying to make persons understand your story ... asking them to hear with their minds and hearts what God has called one to share... to be open to change ... takes great courage. 

 

    Paul had great courage. He called the Jews to accept Jesus as the Messiah, he called the Jewish Christians to recognize the legitimate discipleship of the Gentiles.  It shouldn’t surprise us that the truth of the Gospel is meant for all people.
 
     When I was in Junior High I attended after-game dances at Grand Avenue Methodist Church in McAlester. I wore make-up; I learned to play gin rummy at church camp. Gasp!-at least on the part of some Christians I knew. What made those things sins? Why should dancing, wearing make-up, or playing cards nullify my Christian witness? It didn’t.


  Our church is at a crossroads right now and it breaks my heart.  Above all I want unity for my church. I want all United Methodists to accept one another, to quit “kicking against the goads”, so we can continue to bring God’s kingdom on earth. 

Suggested reading schedule

• Monday - Acts 26

• Tuesday - Acts 26:1-3

• Wednesday - Acts 26:4-11

• Thursday - Acts 26:12-14

• Friday - Acts 26:15-18

• Saturday - Acts 26:19-23

• Sunday - Acts 26:24-30
 

Reflection questions

When do you listen patiently to other’s opinions? 
When do you kick against the goads?
When do you share your journey to persuade others for Jesus?

 

Prayer focus: The delegations coming together at the called General Conference.

 

If you wish to contact the delegation via email the address is ok-delegation@googlegroups.com

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