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Today's reading: Acts 8:4-8

After Stephen is murdered and Saul aggressively targets and leads the persecution charge against those who have chosen to follow Christ, as a matter of safety, the early church community disperses across the countryside. So a "win" for Saul and the Jewish leadership, right? Not quite--actually not at all! The persecution causing the disbanding of this community actually served to increase the spread of the Gospel message, both in pace and reach.

Reading about this scattering and about the incredible impact Philip had on the city of Samaria, highlighted for me the importance of being a proclaimer of Christ wherever God may place us. We all have a "Samaria"--maybe it's at work, at school, within your family, your neighborhood, your home town, even an online community group. Wherever we are, God calls us be faithful in telling others about salvation through Christ.

How are you (or can you be) a modern day Philip? Acts 8:6 tells us that the people of Samaria "paid attention" to what Philip was saying. So who do you know that needs to hear how Jesus loves them, and will you talk with them this week? Tami

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6 And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did.

While speaking about Jesus' love, what "signs" do we need to do to show his and our love so that they "pay attention"?

One thing we'll see very clearly about Philip in the passages to follow us that he was completely and immediately obedient to the Lord's leading.

Randy,

Thanks for your question. From my reading of Acts, I would say that the signs people were observing through Philip were most likely miracles of different sorts. We see that quite a bit in the New Testament. While I believe that miracles still happen today, that’s probably not the manner in which we will display Christ’s love to others. So when I think about being a modern day Philip and displaying the love of Christ, I’m referring to being aware of the needs of others around us and offering our assistance—a listening ear, a kind word, financial help, physically helping someone with a task or personal need, etc. In my experience, people do take note, and are often surprised and shocked, when someone recognizes their need and then does something to help. When we choose to model Christ-like behavior, people do notice, and many times it opens the door for us to share the Gospel message. Tami

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