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The Attempt: Day 8

And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word whe
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The Attempt: Day 7

Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these charges true?” As you read this, remember the charges. Remember that false witnesses were secretly told to say that Stephen spoke blasphemous words against Moses and against God; “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses ha
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an invitation to turn the world upside down.

Here is a sample of the kind of invitation that I’m hoping will be shared in every nation where internet access is available: invites for show You are invited: To share in an event that might possibly change your life. Please join me for a viewing of “Upside Down”, the musical seen all over the world, broadcast LIVE from it’s off off Broadway run at the Ferrara Theatre in St. Louis. Time: July 8th, 2016 at 8pm
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Why we really need your help to turn the world upside down.

Last week I sent this note to several of my friends asking for help, especially members of our fellowship, the International churches of Christ. In the note I explain in detail what we’re hoping to accomplish with the “Upside Down 2016” musical. Now, I’m sharing that same letter with you and asking for your help. Next month we are going to attempt to turn the world upside down; with an event t
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The Attempt: Day 6

In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from amo
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The Attempt: Day 5

Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet. 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? 4 Didn’t it be
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The Attempt: Day 4

And now let’s pray for boldness. The kind of boldness that will let us attempt to do things that not everyone thinks is wise, or safe, or sane. Let’s pray for boldness to share our faith, our hearts, our lives. Let’s pray for boldness as we attempt to follow in the steps of our Lord. And maybe you might want to sing while you pray. This time, today, why not sing while you pray….   slj jun
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The Attempt: Day 3

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the
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The Attempt: Day 2

How much can we trust a census from 2000 years ago? The Roman census of Jesus’ day had a population estimate for Jerusalem hitting over 600,000. Josephus would later record over one million killed in Jerusalem nearly 40 years after the Lord’s ascension. I live in a town with a population of a little over 600,000.  I think I know what living in a city with 600,000 people feels like. I’m familiar with
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The Attempt: Day 1

attempt |əˈtem(p)t| verb [ with obj. ] make an effort to achieve or complete (something, typically a difficult task or action): she attempted a comeback in 2016; try to climb to the top of (a mountain); the group’s next plan was to attempt Everest. noun an act of trying to achieve something, typically one that is unsuccessful or not certain to succeed: an effort to surpass a record or conquer a mountain: we mad
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