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Monday, August 5, 2013

Hey Grandkids!

One of my life goals is to disciple my grandchildren (YOU)!  I got the idea to do a daily devotion blog that you can view on your phones.  I may not make it every day and you may not remember to check in every day but Nana Time will be waiting for you when you do.

Today my personal Bible study was Acts 13.  You can read it on your Bible and see if you agree with my thoughts.

I have been reading Acts for the last few weeks so I will give you a little background to put us on the same page.  Acts is the history of the early church.  It follows the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John which tell about how Jesus came to earth, what happened to him and what his purpose was.  Earlier in Acts, a man named Saul who was a Jew became a believer in Christ as the Son of God.
This put him at odds with everyone......all his friends, family and fellow Jews and really the early church were not too thrilled to have him on their team....he had been against them and now God put him on their team and renamed him Paul.

Maybe you have been in a situation where someone you considered your enemy was put on your team and now you had to work with him.

Paul teams up with Barnabas and begin traveling to spread the gospel outside of Jerusalem.  Remember Jesus' last words to the disciples in Matthew 28:19 "Go and make disciples of all nations...."  Every where they went Paul and Barnabas first went to the temple (the Jewish "church") and in verses 16-31 Paul tells the history of the Jewish people and how God had sent Jesus as the Messiah they were waiting for.  Some of the Jews "got it" and wanted to learn more others stirred people up and ran them out of their country.

You and I have the same command as Jesus, "Go and make disciples of all nations,"  we start at home with our family, our friends and neighbors.  Keep your eyes and ears open for who may need to hear the gospel from you.  You have friends and even family members who are not saved.  How you act and what you say can influence them for good and for God.

I love each of you.  I am so excited about the gifts and talents God has placed in each one of you and am eager to see how God will use YOU in the life He has planned for you :)


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