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Hey everyone!
Hope your weeks are going well! I’ve been having a great time off here in Nashville, hanging with friends and my girlfriend! The best part about my time off has def been the time I’ve got to spend at our church, Journey! Its been such a blessing to be able to go to church with friends and fellowship and worship! The biggest downside of touring, is that its hard to maintain a solid relationship with a church and the people in it. I’m realizing more and more that being part of a church community is something I need more than anything else lately! One thing my girlfriend and I really want to do is get more involved with the youth at Journey Church. We went to a rally for See You At The Pool last night and shared in a night of worship with youth groups from around the Nashville area. It was such an amazing time! These kids were so on fire for the lord and I can’t wait to get more involved with them! Anyways, I wanted to share a section of scripture today!

ACTS 4:8-13 NLV
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, 9 are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,
‘The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’
12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

In this verse, we see Peter and John. They are on trial with the elders because they were preaching on the miracles of Jesus, specifically bringing the dead to life and the elders who were observing, weren’t too stoked on it! In Verse 8, Peter and John have a chance to speak and defend themselves and Peter gets pumped up and speaks to the crowd of elders and anyone else who was looking on. When he finishes, it says:

“13: The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.”

I love verse 13 soooo much! Peter and John were ordinary people, like you and I, and were not trained Pastors, Speakers, Priest…whatever. They were just normal bro’s letting the holy spirit flow from them! The people looking on recognized it immediately! This verse should act as an encouragement for us, that, if we are truly filled with the holy spirit, it will totally flow from us and people will be able to see his light shining through us! It should also encourage us to be BOLD for our lord and not let anything hold us back!

Lets go out and be BOLD and let the light of our lord shine through us!

Cheers!
JRMZ
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3 Comments

  1. That is very true! I wrote a blog about “Going the Opposite Way”- http://bigb94.webs.com/apps/blog/show/4367017-going-the-opposite-way-intro.

    It is important to be bold and not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus!

  2. Nice post, JRMZ 🙂 Ya the Word has alot to say about the Lord using the simple things to confuse the ‘wise’….I think that includes ‘simple’ people who have not had years of Bible college and alot of fancy degrees….He wants to use people who simply love Him and want to serve Him 🙂

  3. JRMZ, I realized that I never commented on this after I’d read it. But I wanted to say thanks for this!! I am not a bold person, so this was REALLY encouraging to me! Thank you!!


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