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August 28, 2023 Invigorate with Acts

No one walks their faith journey in isolation. The narrative of Acts underscores this truth, mirroring our collective Christian experience. As believers, our bond with one another transcends individuality.

Shelbyville First United Methodist Church is with the Vandalia First United Methodist Church on a shared path of devotion and Bible reflection. Rev. Robert Dillingham will inspire us with devotionals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Rev. Curtis Flake will bring insights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Let us embrace God's word and each other, blossoming together in unity, fellowship, and divine purpose.

Daily Reading: Acts 1

Today, we embark on a reflective journey through Acts, seeking to invigorate our faith by uncovering its timeless wisdom. Our focus? The interplay between Faith and Acts. a lesson that has the power to breathe new life into our walk with God. Five themes are interwoven in the scripture that will help guide us: Church Beginnings, Unity and Fellowship, Evangelism and Outreach, Transformative Encounters and Perseverance Amidst Challenges.

Picture this: The disciples, having witnessed the risen Christ, stood on the cusp of a new chapter. Amid awe and uncertainty, what stood out was their unwavering unity. They gathered, prayed, and made decisions with hearts intertwined by a shared purpose.

In our fast-paced world, Acts presents a counter-cultural perspective: Jesus urged His followers not to rush forward but to await the Holy Spirit. Their waiting period was an incubator for growth – a season to deepen their faith and unity. It whispered of divine timing, when God's plans align with our yearning hearts. This plan was a plan for unity and fellowship together.

On the roadmap of my own journey, I find these lessons relevant. Unity isn't just a matter of proximity; it's the harmony of hearts tethered to Christ's call. And in the waiting rooms of my life, I realize that unity isn't passive – it's transformative. Like the disciples, I'm beckoned to lean into these truths.

Daily Prayer:

"Lord, ignite in me the same passion and zeal that Your apostles had. Empower me with Your Holy Spirit to be a bold witness as I go through this day. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen."

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