I can’t help it. I love this!
I just finished my third consecutive reading of Acts. I was in the middle of a printed Bible study on Corintians when I felt God direct me here. At each reading, my eyes and heart caught different aspects of Paul’s life. I kept lists, one being persecution—- many beatings and imprisonment—-for preaching the gospel.
But the very last verse of Acts says this:
“For the next two years, Paul lived in his own rented house. He welcomed all who visited him, proclaiming the kingdom of God with all boldness and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. AND NO ONE TRIED TO STOP HIM (emphasis and delight, my own).”
Acts 29:30 New Living Translation
New American Standard says “unhindered.” I’ll take it either way.
As for me . . .
One day, a friend of a different culture and faith persuasion noticed my cross necklace. As she tucked my cross behind the neck of my top, she told me in her country, they wore religious symbols beneath their clothing.
I told her this: “I believe one day, I won’t be allowed to wear my cross. So, while I can, I am going to wear it out.”
My Friends, Do Not Take Your Freedom For Granted,