TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Acts 8:1-8
KEY VERSE: Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went – Acts 8:4
MESSAGE: Did you know that if one of the arms of a starfish is cut off, a new one will grow in its place? In fact, if a starfish is cut up, any piece that still has a part of the central disc will grow into a new starfish. Gross, right?!
Some oyster fishermen found this out the hard way. One day they saw their oyster beds had attracted starfish. So the fishermen cut up the starfish they caught and threw the pieces back into the water. But instead of getting rid of them, they actually helped them grow in number!
Christians have always been hated and laughed at by others. But this hasn’t changed anything. Even in the hardest situations, Christianity has not only survived but grown. Jesus said of His church that “the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matt. 16:18).
The first Christians in Jerusalem were hunted down, beaten and put in prison. But this led to them being scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. And wherever they went, they talked about Jesus and many more people believed. In Acts 8:4-6 we read that crowds of people trusted Jesus because of what Philip said to them.
If you feel like you’re being got at or hated because of your relationship with Jesus, remember He will not let you go. You are part of His church—His own body—and even the forces of hell cannot defeat you!
REFLECT: JESUS IS OUR STRENGTH WHEN OUR FRIENDS LAUGH AT OUR FAITH.
Our Daily Bread for Teens 14 September 2021 Devotional was written By Our Daily Bread Ministries (ODB). Our Daily Bread Teens Edition a reading plan with bite-sized devotions and relatable stories that help teenagers connect the timeless wisdom of God’s Word to their daily life. We hope this 30-day experience will kick start a closer relationship with the One who will accompany them through life’s