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November 15, 2007

Spreading the Word

I was reading Acts 13 this morning, and I came across one of those verses that we normally read as part of the story, but I stopped and thought about the fact that when these mighty men of God spoke the Word in the power of the Holy Spirit, things happened. Are we teaching and preaching to hungry people? Are they begging us to come back next week to share the Word again? Verse 44 says the next day nearly the whole city assembled to hear the Word of the Lord. I want to see that happen in my city. I want to have that kind of hunger for the Word in my own heart. There is no lack of discussion now a days about how todays church can return to this early church model. There is no lack of theories and well thought out ideas, but in my humble opinion, all we need to do is YIELD to the Holy Spirit to have His way and spread His powerful, life-changing Word.

"As Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath. Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God. The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord." Acts 13:42-44