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Sometimes when I’m reading the Bible I hear one big thing from God about what I’m reading and other times, like today, I get a bunch of little nuggets from Him. Today is one of those days where I have a few things to share, so let’s get to it.

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As Christians, one of our jobs on earth is to tell other people about the good news of Jesus. If you’re like me, you might find the Gospel intimidating and believe you’re not qualified to teach it. You might worry you’ll say something wrong or perhaps you don’t even know how to approach it. The good news is each of us has a story about our life. When we were born, where we’ve lived, and how we’ve gotten to where we are today. Part of our stories is how we came to Christ. We all know how our lives were before Jesus, and we know how they are now that we follow Him.

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Lots of us have a lot of plans in our lives. Some might have big plans for what we’re going to do today, tomorrow, and perhaps even into the next week. We might even have huge plans for our lives. Others might only have some plans for later today. Regardless of what camp you’re in, if you’re like me, you probably don’t like it when your plans get interrupted, changed, or God forbid, canceled. However, this has happened to all of us at one time or another. What do you do when you have Godly plans and they don’t work out how you intended?

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While reading the book of Acts today there was a lot that stood out to me, so I’ll be sharing my notes with you.

The world is full of many religions that believe in all sorts of things. Indeed, even within Christianity, some might believe some things and not others. When I read this passage today, from Acts, about Paul’s encounter with the twelve disciples of John, near Corinth, something occurred to me.

And asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

Acts 19:2-6 (NIV)
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