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A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo

Week of April 29-May 5, 2024: “One and Done” … Acts 8:26-40

A top High School Basketball Player plays college ball for one year and then turns pro when he becomes eligible for the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft at age nineteen. As for his college career, he is referred to as “a one and done”. A baseball relief pitcher enters a game to get one batter out. This pitcher then leaves the game—another instance of a “one and done”.

“One and done”: We find an example of how this happens in our lives as Christians as we read about it in Acts 8:26-40. Here, Philip is sent by the Holy Spirit to speak of Christ to one man, an Ethiopian official, as he travelled through Gaza en route back to his homeland. Philip baptized this man and then was miraculously taken away from him and transported to a place called Azotus. Philip reached out to this one man and then was led away from him—a “one and done”. But the official went away rejoicing and brought the Gospel to his people back home.

“One and done”: There will be times where Our Lord will place someone in our path. Here, we will have an opportunity to share our faith with them and then the encounter will end. These times may well take place when we are in airports, restaurants, hotels lobbies; in waiting rooms, checkout line, and while at a child’s or grandchild’s ballgame. We might wonder, even be fearful, as to what we are to say when these encounters arise. But Jesus assures us that the Holy Spirit Himself will give us the very words to speak (Matthew 10:19-20).

This is the same Holy Spirit who led Philip to the Ethiopian. This is the same Holy Spirit who is never “one and done” with us!

Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths

The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)

The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)

The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)

The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)

The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)

The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)

The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)

The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)

The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)

The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)

The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)

The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)

The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)

The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)