Conversion

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    Apr 24, 2010 11:39 AM GMT
    The Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."

    Acts 9:15-16



    Masab Hassan Yousef, son of West Bank Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, shocked the world when he announced his conversion from Islam to Christianity. In his new book Son of Hamas, he reveals details of his conversion and his covert operations spying for Israel.

    Some of Yousef’s former associates in the Palestinian territories find his story unbelievable. They claim that others have made up this story to embarrass Hamas and the Palestinians. How could a devout Muslim opposed to Jesus become a disciple of Jesus bringing his message to the world?

    It has happened before. Not long after Jesus ascended into heaven, a man named Saul of Tarsus “began to destroy the church” (Acts 8:3). He sincerely believed that God had sent him on a mission to stamp out the name of Jesus.

    Then Jesus confronted him. As Saul journeyed to Damascus to arrest Christ’s followers, a light from heaven flashed around him. The voice of Jesus said, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

    Blinded and humbled, Saul meekly entered Damascus led by his associates. For three days he ate and drank nothing. On the third day Jesus sent a Christian leader named Ananias to visit Saul. He was healed of his blindness, baptized, and was given the call of Jesus to carry Christ’s name to the world.

    Saul’s dramatic story testifies to God’s amazing grace. He loves his enemies and persistently works to convert them. If you are opposed to Jesus, he loves you and calls for you to repent and believe the good news of Jesus Christ.

    If you are God’s friend, he has already converted you from your inborn enmity, forgiven all your sins, and calls you to bring Jesus’ name to all the enemies of God around you.

    Jesus loved Saul, his enemy. Jesus loves you. Jesus came to this world and rescued his enemies. By dying for their sins, he spared them the judgment of hell they deserved, and he brought them new life by rising from the grave. Go as his chosen instrument to bring this message to others.

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    Apr 24, 2010 7:01 PM GMT
    How I love you, brother!
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    Apr 25, 2010 8:43 AM GMT
    Knock it off you two, you´re both married to other people already.