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Today's reading: Acts 17:16-34; Psalm 119:53; Psalm 119:136

I love Paul's proactive approach and the initiative he takes to get the Gospel message in front of as many people as possible. And that's precisely what we see in Acts 17 when he arrives in Athens. Paul assesses the different groups of people he observes and encounters, and then very wisely adapts how he presents the Gospel according to the specific group he is addressing.

Paul's witness in Athens is typically what I focus on whenever I read Acts 17. But what drew my attention as I read today was what it was that prompted Paul to be so bold and proactive in Athens. Acts 17:16 states, "Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols." The environment of Athens was not a godly one. As Paul observes what's taking place around him, his heart is tremendously grieved--so much so, that it spurs him to take immediate and bold action wherever he can across the city.

To what degree is your spirit grieved and moved by the worldly environment you live and work in each day? Will you follow Paul's example and take action to bring positive change by sharing Christ to your family, workplace, neighborhood, city? What witnessing style or approach would be best in these different environments and situations? Tami

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I'm constantly grieved by how deeply divided at are as a nation, even within the Church. It's contrary to the work of a Holy Spirit who fosters unity in the faith. My approach, then, is to attempt to build bridges, especially within the body of Christ, in part by reminding people that the things which unite us are far greater than the things we allow to tear us apart.

People are just faced in the wrong direction. Their "solutions" have nothing to do with God. this grieves me greatly! But I find I can relate to the "humanness" in a person--and I share scripture when I can because I know God's word does not return void.

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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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