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Acts 28:23-31, The People Fail to Believe

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The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah, ‘Go to this people and say, You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive.’
— Acts 28:25b-26

RCL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, December 18, 2018

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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Teaching middle schoolers is a love-it or hate-it affair. When I was a confirmation teacher, I absolutely loved my kids! In my last year of parish ministry, the confirmation program was taken from me by the new senior pastor. In truth, not being able to teach confirmation (and spend the valuable time with middle-schoolers) was one of the things that helped me make my decision to leave the parish. As you can see, I’m was love-it kind of middle school teacher.

A colleague of mine is the opposite. They call me often to complain about those dang kids, how disrespectful they are, how they don’t want to be there, and how hard it is to keep a level head around them. They are a hate-it kind of middle school teacher (they loved the kids, but hated teaching them).

Paul was kind of like a hate-it kind of theology teacher. When he was dealing with people with open hearts and willing minds, he was lovin’ life. But when he tried to talk with people who either wouldn’t or couldn’t wrap their minds or hearts around his words, he was frustrated. Today, he called out the ones who wouldn’t listen, oozing a hate-it kind of vibe. (He loved the people, but hated their ignorance and stubbornness.) Still, he stayed two years teaching and preaching. If he didn’t love it, at least he had persistence!

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