Where are we preaching today?

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Areopagus from the Acropolis

Gift:  Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe)

Reading:  Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said: 6 “You Athenians, I see that in every respect you are very religious.  (Acts 17:22)

Observation:  Even before I looked up the picture of the Areopagus this morning, I had a sense of the immense backdrop of the city of Athens that Paul had chosen to take a stand.  The bravery he must have had to stand up amongst all of the idols of Greek gods and proclaim the one true God.  Paul makes our stand in this day seem so insignificant in comparison.  There is the fact that after his miraculous conversion, Paul did have every reason to fear the Lord more than most of us, which could lead him to speak a little bolder than most of us.

Personification:   Faith/Fidelity – The ability to stick to our work and to stay firm in our commitment to God and to God’s people with whom we are connected.  I almost chose modesty today, but I felt like faith and fidelity were the prevailing fruits that were being laid on my heart to display after today’s readings.  Paul shows us a more perfect example of faith and fidelity in his time in Athens, and I feel that with the grace that comes from above that I should be showing at least a little bit of that faith and fidelity in our times by reaching out more to share the Gospel message with more people.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to be brave like Paul and reach out to more people this day and every day for the rest of my life and display the fruit of faith that comes from the holy Spirit.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of  the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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