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Monday, April 27, 2015

In the book The Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit is alive and active in almost every chapter. Why does the Spirit seem less active in our world today?

A salesman was running through an airport to catch his flight. He ran into a young lady with a cart full of apples; apples flew everywhere. When he went back to help her, he discovered that she was crying and that she was blind. He could see that many of the apples were bruised, so he put them in a bag and gave her $50.

As he began to walk away, the blind girl called out to him, "Mister, are you Jesus?" He turned around and said, "No, I am not anything like Jesus." The girl gently nodded: "I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me gather the apples. He sent you to help. Thank you for hearing Jesus, Mister."

Lord, help us be more comfortable being your presence in this very hurting world. Amen.

Franklin Lee
Pastor, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Naples, Fla.
Doctorate of Ministry , 1965

Acts 8:26-40 (NRSV)

26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." (This is a wilderness road.)
27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship
28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over to this chariot and join it."
30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
31 He replied, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him.
32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this: "Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth."
34 The eunuch asked Philip, "About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?"
35 Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?"
38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

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