Imagine sitting in darkness for three days without food, drink, or encouragement and suddenly receiving a kind word. Acts 9:1-9 – Do You Hear What I Hear? (Acts 9:17). 9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. Though frightened, Ananias obeyed and became the first friend Saul found in his new family of faith.Second, Barnabas became Saul's advocate and friend in Jerusalem. Saul never got over the friends he found in Ananias and Barnabas. Saul had come to Damascus to literally bind the hands of Ananias. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. ¨      Listen to what Gamaliel himself said about how to respond to Christians.... ¨      Acts 5:38-39 - And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing;39 but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”. Basil, asking a surpised priest about the possibility of a job.... a. Their bucket was so full that some of the nuts had spilled out and rolled toward the fence. 8 As Saul picked himself up off the ground, he found that he was blind. As it was then, it is today. ¨      By the time this was written Paul was a celebrity, the hero of the church. … And second, we are going to show you just how much incredible stress the human mind and body can endure. PEACE - Vs. 31 - After Paul left there was a time of peace and spiritual growth in the church. This keep him from having the freedom do engage in the sins he had enjoyed prior to their salvation. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. b. Salespeople know that; they sell far more products in person than they do over the phone, through the Internet, or by advertising. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Acts 9:15 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. ii)      140 miles was a long way in those days, especially on foot. He jumped back on his bike and rode off, desperately looking for a friend. ¨      Saul could therefore speak Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. But what if God asked you to befriend an enemy? Apprehended Acts 9:1-19 Shortly after I had left the livestock business, I was sitting in my office at FBC Quitman, GA where I just begun serving as the minister of youth and education. Somewhere, perhaps today, a person near you needs a faithful friend. Think of this. Every time he got close to tracking someone down, he found an empty house. My friend, the Lord did it to Saul, and he has been doing it ever since. The second name Saul had was Brother Saul. Find answers to some of the more asked questions. Together is better. ¨      Not persecuting the church but "me". Unable to settle, he telephoned one of the dissidents he had come to interrogate. ((illus)) For me it was the eye opening truth that God doesn’t have any grand children and that I could not come to Christ because my parents were Christians. ¨       2 Corinthians 11:23-28 (NLT) 23 They say they serve Christ? The truth is, Saul was a very unlikely candidate for the service of the Lord. Barker . Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. iii)    No doubt part of his training was learning what the heretical Christians believed. "Who are you, Lord?". "You won't believe what I heard! Before he fully understood, Ananias simply said, "Yes, Lord." A sudden violent electrical storm had engulfed the plane causing total electical failure, and the engines had stalled. He retreated for three years of study, prayer, and reflection, spending some of that time in Tarsus, the town of his birth, some in Arabia, and some back in Damascus (Acts 9:30; Gal. -          Against his better judgment he agreed to a meeting with Vladimir in a near by park that evening. How many anxious hearts have been calmed by the peace that passes all understanding, or the knowledge that God can work good in every situation? 709. In the depth of Paul's loneliness, God was about to reveal the power of a faithful friend. ¨       1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NLT) 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. ¨      ((illus))  I know a man who, when he was a teen tried to take his life. You will be confident. Perhaps you grew up in the same home. ¨      The God he claimed to worship yet the God he did not know personally. Over the next several days, he taught Saul, he encouraged him, and he introduced him to more people who had that same touch, that same kindness, that same love born of the Holy Spirit.