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Acts 9

“As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?

5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.

And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.‘” v. 3-6 (NLT)

In this passage we see Saul’s encounter with Christ.  At this time Saul had made it his personal mission to persecute those that were proclaiming Christ.  Many followers of Christ had scattered because of Saul’s mission to silence the message of Christ.  As Saul was on his way to Damascus, something radical happened that changed his life forever, he had a real personal encounter with God!  As Jesus spoke, Saul listened, and after this encounter would become one of the greatest and most influential followers of Christ the Church has ever seen.  We know him today as the Apostle Paul.

Saul had a radical encounter with Christ, Light from Heaven, Voice from Heaven, Blind for three days, and a change of Heart!  Not every encounter with Jesus happens this way.  Sometimes Jesus speaks to us in a small still voice.  But the fact that He speaks and changes our heart is still radical and leads to this question . . .
Have you had a radical encounter with Jesus?

As we begin 2009, let Christ make you a new person.  He can change every heart, even yours!

I would love to hear your story about how you came to know Christ, you can read mine here!

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