Day 323

Today’s Reading – Acts 9-10When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him. They didn’t believe he was really a disciple.  Acts 9:26 CEB 

Inside the church, we ‘know’ the story of Paul.

So, I was struck when I read this verse today.

How had I missed it before?

Saul/Paul tried to join, but the disciples responded with fear.

Had they not been with Jesus and learned anything?

What happened to ‘I was a stranger and you took me in’?

I then wonder how often we do this today in the church?

How many doors do we close or keep closed out of fear?

How many people have we rejected out of hand?

What has the church failed to do out of fear?

What have you failed to do out of fear?

You have nothing to fear – Remember . . . ‘I am with you even til the end of the age’

In the words of a lonely greens keeper . . . .

“So, you got that goin’ for you – which is nice!”


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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