“Call and Response”
Psalm 18: 6: “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears.” How did David know that God was his Rock, Fortress, and Deliverer (v. 1)? Because he had been delivered! If you never have any distress, you will never have a chance to know the salvation of God.
Friday, August 28: “Problems at the Top”
John 7: 48, 49: “No one of the rulers of rulers or Pharisees has believed in Him, has He? But this multitude which does not know the Law is accursed.” Were the Pharisees in touch with the people they served? They didn’t realize that Nicodemus, one of their number, believed in Jesus. And whose fault was it that the multitude did not know the Law? Wasn’t it the Pharisees’ job to teach them? No wonder Jesus gave them a hard time.
Saturday, August 29: “Total Recall”
Acts 11: 16: “I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” When you’re in a tight spot and don’t know what to do, learn this life hack from St. Peter: Remember the Word of the Lord. Fear not, the Holy Spirit will help you with that (John 14: 26; 16: 13). People may argue with you, but only a fool argues with God.
1) How did Saul’s life change?
2) How should we respond to suffering?
3) Why did Jesus skip the Feast in Jerusalem?
4) What did David do in his distress?
5) What made the Pharisees bad leaders?
6) What life hack did Peter use in Cornelius’ home?