Words from the Heart for Sunday November 17th, 2019

…a light from heaven brighter than the sun shone down on me and my companions. We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.’

Acts 26:13b-14 (NLT)

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Conversion

Next time you are in Saskatchewan, why not consider spending a night in an old grain bin. In recent years two families in the province have converted decommissioned round metal grain bins into unlikely accommodations, and opened their yards for visitors to stay. Grain farmer April Anderson and her husband run Alive Sky Lodge, outside of Rosetown, Sask., about an hour’s drive from Saskatoon. The property’s accommodations include Canada’s original four-season luxury grain bin.

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The conversion of Saul of Tarsus from persecutor of the followers of Jesus, to one of the early leaders of the Church is one of the greatest examples of the radical transformation that only Jesus can bring about. Jesus stopped Saul in his tracks, transformed his life, and called him to be the apostle to the Gentiles. When he shared his testimony he says this in Acts 26:13b-14: “…a light from heaven brighter than the sun shone down on me and my companions. We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.’” There are many Sauls in our day – many who hate the name of Jesus and do all they can to thwart the work of God in our world. This has always been so, and in spite of all those who oppose the work of God, God’s Church continues to grow and flourish. Saul became Paul and understood what God meant when He said to him, “It is useless for you to fight against my will.” Those who oppose God’s people and God’s church will learn the same lesson. Pray that they will open their hearts to Jesus as Saul did.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley