With Boldness and Without Hindrance

Acts 28:30–31

Sleeping with the stars in Colorado - I did my best to stay up as late as I could to capture the milky way. A good amount of clouds and moonlight made it difficult to capture the Milky Way but the landscapes & silhouettes are just as beautiful as can be and awe-inspiring.

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Paul lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.

Acts 28:30–31, ESV

The Gospel is not a product to be sold or something that needs to be changed to make it more attractive for people to hear. As Paul stayed in Rome, people were not expected to pay to speak with him or to listen to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and no hindrance was placed before anyone. There were those that disagreed and did not accept the Gospel, but Paul didn’t change it to make it more acceptable in order to win them over. The Gospel is constant and remains constant. There is no such thing as a seeker-sensitive Gospel, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ that calls through the Holy Spirit all who are chosen by God to hear. There will always be those that do not desire to hear the Word of God. There will be troubling parts of Scripture that people will desire to change for their own comfort. Do not be fooled. However, the Gospel does not seek to appease itching ears but brings freedom and salvation to troubled hearts and hope to those that are in despair and seeking the Savior. False gospels bring nothing more than promises that cannot be kept and false hope because they are not centered on Jesus Christ but on the one who hears it and the work that they must do to satisfy an angry god. When we proclaim the Word of our Lord, we proclaim a hope that surpasses all our understanding because we find that there is nothing we can do or learn that will bring us salvation except placing our full trust in Jesus Christ, and out of that trust do as He calls us to do. Salvation is not in the fruit. It is the fruit, and out of its seed comes an abundance from those within whom it is planted. Let Christ’s peace reign in you. 

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

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