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Philippians 1:12-13 ” Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.”

As a Christian Community we have been handed a big bag of lemons.  We are self-isolating, quarantined, and staying away from others.  But if you consider where Paul was when he wrote this letter…he was in prison!  And Roman prisons were dark, dank, holes in the ground where the rats ran free and food was scarce.  But yet, Paul, made lemon-aide out of the lemons he was handed!  For even though he was chained, cold and hungry he saw it as an opportunity to serve God and preach the Good News of the Gospel.  So think how you could take that bag of lemons you’ve been handed today and creatively make lemon-aide out of them.  With many children home now, have them reach out to Great-Grandparents, Great-Uncles, and Aunts who are stuck inside their homes.  It gets pretty lonely when its just you, the TV, and the dog or cat.  For the younger ones, they could color pictures or make cards to send to family members  As for you, think how you could reconnect with old friends, call those elderly neighbors nearby to check in, start a online Bible Study or Pray Group with friends, and get back into your Bible.  Let’s look at this time as Paul did…and make lemon-aide out of that bag of lemons.

Galatians 1: 13-17 ” For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God , who set me apart from birth and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus.”

We all have a past…those B.C. years (Before Christ) when we were far away from God.  But for some, their “But when God” conversion is a radical encounter.  Saul had a similar divine appointment on the road to Damascus when his idea of God was turned upside down.  His radical conversion was a 180 degree turn from his past…showing that with God anything is possible, and that no one is beyond the reach of our Heavenly Father.