A New Name for a New Man

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Acts 13:9
Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, . . .

He was educated at the highest levels in both law and theology.
He was an international traveler,
aware and sophisticated in the ways of the world.
A young leader with all the right connections,
he was climbing the career ladder at a rapid pace.
Devout
Respected
Even feared.
But he was a man at war with himself.
He was Saul.

On his wat to Damascus, a trip where he planned to strike a violent blow against this new branch of the Jewish faith what was spreading like wildfire he encountered the risen Christ.He was struck blind and jesus spoke to hime in an audible voice: “Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?” Acts 22:7

From that moment, ther persecutor became a preacher:
the man who was roiling inside with turmoil came to inner peace.
Saul was remaned by God Himself and became Paul.
Meeting the risen Lord chanes everything.
from ~~ A Daybook of Grace

2Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.

January 9 – Today’s thought – Pressing On

jan8 006Bulb leaves breaking through tells me ‘Spring is coming’

Good Morning

Philippians 3:13-14
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Seventeenth-century hymnist Paul Gerhardt penned the following hymn
to celebrate the New Year:

Above all else, Lord,
send us Thy Spirit to attend us,
With in our hearts abiding,
To heaven our footsteps guiding,
All this Thy had bestoweth,
Thou Life, whence our life floweth.
To all Thy name confessing
Grant, Lord, Thy New Year’s blessing.

God is all knowing and able to direct our steps
so we can press forward confidently–
even when the future is uncertain.
Since we are assured of HIs constant presence
and help every day throughout the year,
we should embrace the New Year–
and each day–
with a spirit of perseverance
and confidence in our Heavenly Father.
~~from A Daybood of Grace

Look forward . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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