The Vision “Stopped him”.
The Vision “Sent him”.
The Vision “Strengthened him”.
The Vision “Stretched him”.
The Vision “Satisfied him”.
I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today.
I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished.
At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.
Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Have you ever thought of us praying and singing and
the Lord saying I am going to block my ears?
We thought that the Lord was upset about Covid-19 and the closing of many churches, but I propose that perhaps he has enjoyed the absence of shallow singing and selfish prayers.
The average Christian doesn’t need a change of menu
but a change of appetite. (AW Towzer)
Feed a congregation entertainment, and you will create an appetite for entertainment.
Feed a congregation pop psychology, and the church will have a great hunger and thirst for pop psychology.
Feed a congregation the Word of God, and over time there will be a church with a great hunger and thirst for God.
Isaiah’s vision “Sent him”.
2 Corinthians 11:22-33.
Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more.
I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.
2 Corinthians 12:2-4.
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven.
Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows, and I know that this man, whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God know, was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me, the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Then Agrippa said to Paul, you have permission to speak for yourself. So, Paul motioned with his hand and began his defense: King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews.