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Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

“But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.  But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city. The next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe.  After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.’ “

New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Ac 14:19–22). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.  (Bold type my emphasis.)

Here we are back in the New Testament days stopping in on a hiccup in one of Paul’s journeys. 
Here’s the gist of what happens.  He preaches the gospel.  People get angry.  The angry people stone him leaving him for dead.

But, he’s not dead. 
He gets up. 
He moves on to the next stop and makes more disciples and does what every good mentor does, he encourages them.

He has had a great teachable moment to impart not only words but actions that fit those words.

His stoning doesn’t bring him down permanently.  He examples what tribulation looks like, he moves on, he uses it as a lesson in words and actions.

I have a feeling I would have cried, cursed, and asked to be taken to the nearest hospital or hotel/spa combination for a time of rest and renewal while my bruises healed.  During that time, I would probably take the opportunity to curse my enemies and really ponder what in the world I was doing after all!

Not Paul.

He received the kind of punishment he had dished out before he met Jesus and he did not let it stop him.

Good mentors are good encouragers with their words and their example.

Take opportunities to share your faith with others.  Take time to encourage others.

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