FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016
Key Bible Verse: They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” And they shared the Word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household. (Acts 16:31-32)
Dig Deeper: Acts 16:22-34
When I served with a Seattle youth group, Christy, a girl new to our community, invited us to her 16th birthday party-an invitation that seemed like an afterthought. Debbie felt we should go, thinking it would be a great way to get to know Christy and her parents.
Christy’s dad brought her to our youth events, much to the displeasure of her mom, who didn’t want Christy to have anything to do with church. Nonetheless, we decided to enter this hostile situation. Filling our car with three teenagers, we drove to the skating rink [where the party was to take place]. Balloons, streamers, and cake decorated this festive moment. We assumed other guests were on the way, since the table was set for 30. An hour passed, but no one else showed.
By the end of the night, we had all had a blast. Most important, I will never forget what happened a few weeks later. Julie, Christy’s mom sat in the youth lounge, tears streaming down her face. Julie had decided to follow Christ. Through her tears she revealed, “I changed my mind about God and Christians because you came to my daughter’s party.”
– Eric Bryant in Not Like Me
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