“On that day a great persecution broke out agains the church… Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.”

How do I respond to difficulties and opposition? Am I cowed? Do I believe it’s just me against them and that they’re more and mightier? Or am I a vessel of something more powerful and permanent than anything on earth?

When I’m weak, am I strong? Do I focus on the needs of others when I’m so tempted to focus on my own?

Would I be here today, would I know anything about God’s love and life in Christ, if those early believers (that’s all they were – just believers in God) had shut up, shut down and saved their skins? They didn’t commit suicide. They fled punishment and prison but only to preach – to obey and live out the forgiveness and gift of God – one more day.