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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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08/05/2011

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"I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again" (2 Cor.11:230.

If you are, or have been in the workforce, you probably have a resume. It is a chronology of your experiences that you keep. Many employers want to know about your past experiences. This hopefully will help them to ascertain if you are qualified to work for them. We all have a resume and it is not just about trying to find a job. All of us have a "story." The apostle Paul had quite a story. He would tell parts of his "story" when he was trying to convert people to Christianity. He tells a part of his story when he appears before Felix the Roman governor (Acts 24). He tells a part of his story when he appears before Festus, the new governor (Acts 25). As he writes his second letter to the Corinthian church, he feels compelled to tell another part of his story. Today's verse is a prelude into a few verses that you may be familiar with. Paul talks about some of things that have happened to him over the years as he attempted to spread the gospel. "Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea...." (Vs 24-25). I think that Paul felt constrained to tell people about these experiences for a reason and was driven to tell it. He is contrasting his story with the story of his opponents and wanted the church to know that suffering might come along with their ministry. His story(s) always intersected with how Jesus worked in his life. It was his way of showing that in every circumstance of life, Jesus was there. We all have a story...Our story might be useful in helping others along the way. Christians should never be afraid to use their story as they witness for the Lord. As long as it always intersects with Jesus, and tells others about His power and influence, our story is our living example...Use your story for good....

Have a great day.... Make a difference.... Love mark Phil.4:11.

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