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Paul finally arrived in Rome. He had been beaten, stoned, flogged and shipwrecked– but, as God promised, he was safely delivered to Rome where he was able to preach freely for over 2 years.  He made the Gospel known to both Jew, Gentile, Barbarian, Scythian, slave and free.  He made no distinctions , he only told the truth to whomever would listen.  There at the center of the world at his time, Paul was able to spread the message to so many across the globe.  It was very difficult, and Paul ultimately gave his life for the Gospel, but, the legacy of this cocky young Pharisee was to literally change the world.

We can never be sure the impact we will have on the lives of others.  Our trials, temptations and tribulations seem to us to hold us back from being effective.  Still, in God’s planning and execution, those things become the very cornerstones of his plan.  He loves the uniqueness of each of us and exploits that uniqueness to further his mission in our lives.  We, like Paul, must accept his plan, his leadership and his method.  If we will, he will do wondrous things to us and through us until we rejoin him for eternity.  Paul said it best to the Romans–“All things work together for the good to those that Love Jesus and are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28

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The brothers and sisters there had heard that we were coming, and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us. At the sight of these people Paul thanked God and was encouraged.16 When we got to Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself, with a soldier to guard him...

‘Go to this people and say,
“You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
27 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]

28 “Therefore I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!” [29] [b]

30 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. 31 He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!