Evil For Good

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Today's reading: Acts 8:1-3

Stephen's wrongful framing and murder sends a shock wave through the community of new Christ-followers. So much so that all but the apostles "were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria" (vs. 1). There's no doubt that choosing to live for Christ at this point in time was difficult. The religious climate was a tense one, emotionally charged and full of opposition from the Jewish establishment. But here's the thing that this group of early believers didn't yet understand or see--that the persecution that caused them to scatter, ultimately resulted in an incredible spreading of the Gospel message.

As I contemplated this passage, the Old Testament account of Joseph came to mind. In Genesis 50:20 Joseph tells his brothers, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today." Both accounts are excellent examples of how God can and does use all circumstances to further His master plan.

What comfort do you draw knowing that God often uses hard and difficult circumstances to bring about good? What's one example of where something that you thought was bad ultimately turned out to be for your good? Tami

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Without knowing God has plans for me for good and doing good is central to my walk with the Holy Spirit.

The recent loss of my job.

It's been 27 years since my mother and sister were killed in an automobile accident. The way the Lord provided for us and restored our family is an amazing miracle.

The rebellious life of my daughter has broken my heart, but through it God has called me to a deeper understanding of His love and a deeper walk with Him.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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