" Paul begins telling his story. In effect, he is saying, ‘I was worse than all of you—a long time ago! But God changed me and He can change you, too.’ By sharing his story, he is giving an opportunity for the people listening to change (a desire most of us have). He opposed Jesus and changed, they can, too. That’s why it’s important for people to hear the whole story about you. About how you were once involved with drugs or immorality or some other horrible sin. But also about how God changed you. You see, when you do that, it takes away their excuses."
Friday Evening Service
October 26, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
Friday Evening Service • November 30, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"Jesus said: 'The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet 'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving." Basically, Isaiah is saying, “If you reject Jesus, it doesn’t matter what you hear or see. He is the only way to truly see God.” There are people today who say the same thing: “I have my own relationship with God. I don’t have to go through Jesus.” Or, “God and me have an agreement. He understands the way I am.” Not true. The biggest tragedy of all is that it was always God’s desire to heal them. THAT is what they missed out on."
Friday Evening Service • November 23, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"Did God have Paul protected or not? Did Paul find favor with Julius or not? Did God send an angel to let Paul know everything would be alright or not? The same thing is true for all of us in the middle of storms—if you stay with Jesus, I promise you will land safely on some shore. I like calling this shore a ‘shore of grace.’"