Acts 8:26-39 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”  30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.  31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.  32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,     and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,  so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.  34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.  36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”  38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 5:42 (NRSV) – Every day in the temple and at home they did not cease to teah and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah.

DEVOTION – Mark Hrabe (Arizona)

For many years my wife and I have made it a practice to read The Upper Room at breakfast.  Even when we are away from home we always take our copy of the magazine along with us.  So when we recently went on a cruise to Mexico we continued this practice, with me reading the devotional aloud to my wife while at breakfast.

Our time of devotions attracted the attention of one of the cruise-ship’s staff, who told us she had overheard the devotional for that day and that it had spoken to her.  That gave us the opportunity to share our faith with her.  During the course of our conversation I gave her our copy of The Upper Room so she could begin her own practice of spending time with God each day.  Although we were temporarily without a copy of the magazine, I knew that God would put it to good use.  After that encounter we used the time we would have spend reading the devotional to pray that God’s word contained in that copy of The Upper Room would speak in a powerful way to her.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How do I use my opportunities to spread the Good News?

LINK2LIFE: Introduce someone to The Upper Room.

PRAYER: Dear God, awaken us to opportunities to speak your word to those around us.  Make us instruments in spreading your good news.  In the name us Jesus, the source of our Good News.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Cruise-ship workers