When God Makes Us Wait - Acts 23:12-35; 24 (Sermon)

WELCOME Hi, I am Pastor Rob, and it is a joy and honor to share with you today.
WAITING Have you ever had this experience? My kids like ketchup. Some like it too much. They get it honestly. Do you remember that Heinz 57 commercial, with the tagline “good things, come to those who wait”? Do you remember that? I do. Is that true?

I remember as a teenager and twenty-something wanting to date. I didn’t want to be single. I wanted to get married. I think if you were one of my friends at the time, I was a broken record in my prayer requests. “God, help me be content. Please help me find a wife. Help me.” The little old ladies at my church were praying for me and offering a few suggestions. It worked, although I had to wait. The commercial came true for me.

What if the waiting was longer than you like? What if you had to suffer while you waited? What if what you are waiting for was not good or didn’t look good?

Today, we come back to the story of Acts, where we heard about a good thing comi…

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