17 Aug

160817The same thing occurred in Iconium, where Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who testified to the word of his grace by granting signs and wonders to be done through them. But the residents of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. And when an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, the apostles learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country; and there they continued proclaiming the good news. (Acts 14:1-7, NRSV)

There is trouble I tell you…

Trouble with a capitol T…

When people do not believe the good news, they will try to get others to doubt it. That is sin taking a hold in our lives. And leading people to lead others away from the light.

Notice in our reading that the believers didn’t leave until both groups were attempting to mistreat and stone them. When neither group would listen, the shook the dust off their feet and moved on.

Sometimes there will be trouble and we will need to face it, and Jesus will always be there with us as we do.


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