Paul, the unlikely hero (conclusion)

Luke 15 begins its chapter with these words, the New Living Translation put it this way: Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach.  Did you hear that? Notorious sinners. In four of the five gospels, Jesus said “I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but the …

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Paul, the unlikely hero (part 3)

Picking up where we left off yesterday, we see that God wanted to display his compassion more by using someone named Ananias to heal Saul. 10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. 11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on …

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Paul, the unlikely hero (part 2)

Beginning where we left off yesterday, you'll notice right in the beginning of Acts 9, Paul had it in mind to persecute. He did not stumble upon Christians, and get angry. He had a determination to hunt them down and find them. He had no intentions—like my last series—of trying to figure out this Jesus. …

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Paul, the unlikely hero (part 1)

    When we look at the early church fathers, none stands out more than Paul, whom as many of you know, was once called Saul. In my upcoming blog posts, I am going to focus on the writings of Paul, but today, I think it might be good to look at the beginning of …

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