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Acts 10:44-48, Instant Faith (or Karma!)

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While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word.
— Acts 10:44

RCL Daily Devotion for Thursday, January 31, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Passion on sidewalk.

Have you ever had the experience listening to a speaker and really digging what they’re saying? Remember that human beings are story-creatures. That means that if another can relate a story to us that really connects, it’ll sink into our soul and change us.

That’s what good preaching is about! I remember when I was a pastor that I always tried hard to simply tell the truth when I was preaching. And tell lots of stories! It is the stories that will stir people’s hearts and bring them to understand how much God loves us.

The story today in Acts is but one witness of the power of God’s story in Jesus Christ. When the people heard what Peter proclaimed, they fell to their knees and wanted to follow Jesus. How many can honestly say they’ve ever had an experience like this with the story of Jesus? Not many, I’d say (at least in mainstream denominations).

Our preachers and speakers should never forget that we tell the greatest story of all—that we should not forget (nor fear) that it somehow won’t move others. Because it will on its own.

Thank you, God, for your story. That you so inspire us with your Word. Amen.

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