Posts Tagged With: Saul

The Raw Power of Your Personal Story

In this PODCAST, you are about to hear a story.

Clear. Concise. And compelling.

A story, just like your own.

Thank you for listening, and for sharing this message!!!

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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Check the Record!

Ready for a good old fashioned heart-stirring, soul-elevating, and spirit-encouraging Bible study?

You’re about to hear one, right here in this PODCAST.

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THE Sermon That Planted the Seed!

The good news is that it’s NOT the Coronavirus. The bad news is that whatever this bug may be, it has knocked me flat for a week.

But fear not, my friends. I have NOT left you without a PODCAST.

In fact, as I reach back into the massive archive of podcasts, I’ve selected THE sermon that planted the seed of salvation in the soul of Saul-turned-Paul.

NOT my sermon, to be sure. But the sermon of Stephen. THE sermon overheard by Saul-now-Paul as he aided and abetted the stoning of this precious man.

For without a Stephen, there likely never would have been a Paul.

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“Exquisite Creatures”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There is So.Much.Here in this PODCAST that I don’t know how even to tease this properly to compel you to listen.

Let’s just say that you are standing at a veritable banquet table of Truth, all courtesy of the Apostle Paul who will now turn Paul-the-Preacher.

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This Story “Nails” It! (Pun Intended)

You are about to meet two individuals, remarkable each. YET, as you are about to hear on this PODCAST, they were both utterly invisible, completely anonymous, hidden in the shadows.

Invisible, anonymous, hidden to everyone but God.

Do you ever feel invisible? As if, when all is said and done, your life might count for very little? Or nothing at all?

Encouragement for your soul is one click away!

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The Comma That Tells the Tale

How does God turn a destroyer of all-things-Jesus into arguably the world’s leading ambassador for Jesus?

In this PODCAST, you will discover the answer to that—and so many more—questions.

An answer guaranteed to amaze.

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The Man Who Bore the Scars

In this PODCAST, you are about to hear One.Amazing.Story.

A story about One.Amazing.Individual.

Though I would sincerely doubt that he saw himself as amazing.

See what you think.

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On the Road Again

It had to be a rather rude awakening to be sure—Paul’s initial introduction to the unenviable life of an apostle.

As we will learn in this PODCAST, there is much—much more than we could possibly imagine—behind Paul’s otherwise enigmatic statement in 1 Corinthians 4:9, a rare moment of personal reflection (and dare-I-say exasperation and frustration) in the writings of this most-prolific apostle:

“I sometimes think God has put us apostles on display, like prisoners of war at the end of a victor’s parade, condemned to die. We have become a spectacle to the entire world—to people and angels alike.”

Well, here in Acts 9, the Apostle to us Gentiles endured quite the humiliating spectacle indeed.

It was hardly the homecoming our new friend, the Apostle Paul, had anticipated as he entered archway in the main gate leading to Straight Street in Damascus.

Was his heart all a-flutter? Mine would have been.

After a three-year absence from its legendary landscape, his formal training as an apostle now complete. I have to believe that Saul-now-Paul had much upon which he would have liked to reflect.

  • Perhaps a quiet, private, personal rendezvous with the spot on the road where he first met Jesus?
  • Maybe a knock on the door of Judas’ house, where he was graciously housed for three days as a man-struck-blind?
  • How about cup of Turkish coffee with Ananias, the man tasked with, and understandably fearful of, being first follower of Jesus to approach just-converted Saul?
  • Possibly some visits to the synagogues where he first preached, “Jesus is indeed the Son of God”?

Paul’s heart had to be pitter-pattering with excited anticipation as he once-again approached the storied city.

But alas. A happy homecoming wasn’t in cards that fate dealt this soon-to-be-suffering servant of Jesus.

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Saul Goes to Seminary

Do you know what I love about Bible?

Well, truth be told, there are a lot of things that I love about the Bible. Far too many to tell in this PODCAST.

But certainly residing at or near the top of my rather lengthy list is this: The window the biblical writers open to the growth and maturity of its principle players.

Case in point: The Apostle Paul.

Paul did not emerge from his road to Damascus encounter with Jesus a wholly-mature believer. Nor did Paul burst on the scene armed with a fully-formed theology that would become the capstone of his prolific writings. Paul had to grow in his faith as a committed Christ-follower just like the rest of us.

I love that!

Paul moved from a measurably primitive understanding of Jesus to a remarkably profound comprehension of who Jesus was and is and all that Jesus did and accomplished. This growth, this development, this maturity takes place right before our wondering eyes ever to behold in all of its spiritual splendor.

In short, Paul was a person in process, just like us! A process well-documented in the New Testament that as we are about to learn slowly-but-surely took place over many, many years.

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“All for the Want of a Nail”

I believe that I can say this without equivocation. See if by the end of this PODCAST, you agree with me.

My unequivocal observation? He is the single-most important person in the New Testament of whom you have never heard.

There is an overarching theme to this discussion, born out of this story. One that relates directly to something that Jesus said.

You talk about Paint the picture, Rabbi. This story here in Acts 9 paints THIS amazing picture.

Jesus said, “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” That was in Matthew 19.

So important is this principle that Jesus repeated it in the very next chapter:

“So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.”

Whatever did Jesus mean? More to the point: What does this look like? Paint the picture, Rabbi.

Fortunately for us, Jesus is about to paint this picture—as beautiful a picture as you’d ever want to see—courtesy of Saul here in Acts 9, as illustrated so wonderfully in the lives of two otherwise anonymous individuals.

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