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WHO HOLDS YOU

WHO HOLDS YOU - Stephen was one of the seven men tasked to care for the Gentile widows. His ministry, however, provoked antagonism. A sect of jealous enemies falsely accused him of blasphemy. They marched him to the council of the Sanhedrin and demanded that he defend himself.

WHO HOLDS YOU

Stephen was one of the seven men tasked to care for the Gentile widows. His ministry, however, provoked antagonism. A sect of jealous enemies falsely accused him of blasphemy. They marched him to the council of the Sanhedrin and demanded that he defend himself. And did he ever! He caused a stir before he even opened his mouth. “Everyone in the high council stared at Stephen, because his face became as bright as an angel’s” (Acts 6:15 NLT).

Did heaven bathe him in a tunnel of brightness? I don’t know. I don’t know how to imagine the scene, but I know how to interpret it. This was God speaking. The sermon emerges, not from Stephen’s mind, but from God’s heart. This was not a lightweight message. Fifty-two verses led the listeners from Abraham to Jesus. Two thousand years of history resulted in this one indictment: “You’re forgetting who holds you.”

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