"Paul did what a lot of us do when we are new believers. He did what made sense. You have to admire his courage and zeal; he wanted to return to those who knew him to tell them what’s happened to him! It’s just like us—we got saved and wanted to tell everybody about it! Our friends, family, co-workers—we thought the minute they saw us, they would be happy for us and as excited about Jesus as we were! I am certain that Paul thought the minute he told them what happened to him on that Damascus road, they would fall on their face and receive Jesus, too. He was wrong."
Friday Evening Service
September 14, 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.’"