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2015 Photo-Some-Days 3.14.2015

The Peggy V. Helmerich Great Reading room in the Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma is nothing short of inspirational. Reeking of history, the room beckons one back in time to an age at which this 50-something man wished he could enroll himself! The notion that generations of students have read, studied, and learned here – and continue to do so today – is quite fascinating. I could have lingered for awhile, but alas, our tour must move on.

“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.” ~ Carl T. Rowan via brainyquote.com

2015 Photo-Some-Days 3.13.2015

We toured the University of Oklahoma, which for our son is a prospective college choice. During our tour, our guide took us into a section of the library called “The Stacks”, where old volumes are stored and accessible to students. As our guide told the story of a girl that had supposedly fallen through one of the glass tiles to her death, thus rendering The Stacks to be haunted, I explored a couple of the aisles. I found this volume from 1902. I wonder who the last student was that opened this? I couldn’t help but be rather enamored with these old bound pieces of history, and I’m thankful that OU has preserved them for future generations to enjoy.

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” ~ Malala Yousafzai via brainyquote.com

History preserved at the University of Oklahoma. 3.13.2015

History preserved at the University of Oklahoma. 3.13.2015

Learning from History ~ Acts 28:11-31

For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Acts 28:30-31

English: page of the Acts of the Apostles from...

English: page of the Acts of the Apostles from the last edition of the bible originally translated by Johann Dietenberger, published in Augsburg 1776 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With these two verses, The Book of Acts concludes. Paul and his entourage depart from Malta and finally arrive in Rome. Awaiting his trial before Caesar, Paul is placed under house arrest, living alone with one guard to watch over him. He continues his ministry from his rented house, sharing the Good News of the Gospel with all who come to see him.

Paul calls the Jewish leaders to his house to explain to them what happened in Jerusalem and why he is in Rome. He explains that the government wanted to release him, but at the objection of the Jewish leadership they did not. Interestingly, the Jews reply that they did not receive any letters from Judea concerning Paul, but they had heard of the “sect” of which Paul is a leader and wanted to hear Paul’s views. Paul shares the Gospel with them and, as usual, some believe and some don’t. Paul quotes from Isaiah 6 a passage prophesying that many of the people would hear but not understand the Gospel, and tells them that God’s message of salvation has been taken to the Gentiles, who will listen.

My kids ask from time to time why they must study history in school. The answer, of course, is we have much to learn from history. In The Book of Acts, Luke faithfully records the history of the early Christian church. Through this divinely inspired record, God offers several takeaways that the modern church must heed. And for the believer who truly seeks to serve the Lord, we see shining examples through Paul, Peter, Barnabas, Stephen and many others of what steadfast faith and faithful witness ought to look like. So, what do you say? Are you up to the task?

Ponder this: What is my ministry? What is my role in sharing the Gospel?

My prayer for today: Heavenly Father, thank you for sharing the history of Your Church through Luke’s writing. Help me, Lord, to learn from Your Words and discern Your calling for my ministry; then let me faithfully answer. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

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