Acts 8:4-9

Throughout the Easter Season, the daily devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Ashley Moody.

“Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them. The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what was said by Philip, hearing and seeing the signs that he did, for unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were possessed; and many others who were paralyzed or lame were cured. So there was great joy in that city. Now a certain man named Simon had previously practiced  magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he was someone great.”    Acts 8:4-9

This sounds like an interesting time to have been part of the church. People were eagerly sharing the message, and it sounds like the crowds were eager to hear it. It’s kind of hard to imagine someone today having this kind of success. At Texas A&M, different groups often come and preach, but very few people actually take them seriously. Rather, people who stop to listen mostly just question their ideologies and try to tear them down. I think there are plenty of people who are Christians, especially at A&M, but not very many people are willing to stand up in public and proclaim their faith.

I think the world would be different if more people were willing to share their faith. That’s one thing I love about working with kids during the summer at Faith Camp. Our staff works hard to make sure the kids have fun and know that talking about God is an okay thing to do. Most of the kids are still young enough to not worry about peer pressure, and hopefully they haven’t experienced any kind of bullying or negative reactions to their faith. They just want to have fun, learn the stories, and share their faith with others.

Let us pray: Dear God, help us remember what it’s like to hear the message of Jesus with the faith of a child. Let us not be afraid to share our faith with others. Amen.

 

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One Response to “Acts 8:4-9”

  1. Carolee Groux Says:

    Jesus himself said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
    Many of us attended bible camp as youngsters and loved it due to simple fun, faith and sharing in the great outdoors. By reminding ourselves of how we felt then perhaps we can absorb Jesus’ message with childlike faith, a faith we want to share with others.

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