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Faces on Faith: Acts 29 in progress

October 9, 2013
By Rev. Dr. DARYL DONOVAN - Senior Pastor at Sanibel Community Church , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Book of Acts in the Bible is about the Acts of the Holy Spirit in the early church. The Book has 28 chapters. I always tell people that Acts 29 is my favorite chapter. That means I love the acts of the Holy Spirit in the church today!

God is still the God of miracles! Several years ago we were starting a new church in a community where we were new. We just began knocking on doors, inviting folks to join us for worship. Believe it or not, some people came.

One morning as I was praying before going out to knock on doors I heard the Holy Spirit say, "Go to 219 East Culton Street." I didn't even know if there were a Culton Street, but was amazed when I drug out the city map to find that there was and there was an East Culton, and a West Culton. So I hopped in my car heading for 219 E. Culton.

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Rev. Dr. Daryl Donovan

When I arrived at the address I discovered there was an apartment complex. "So God, what do I do now?"

I did not have an apartment number. Just at that moment I heard a woman screaming and noticed an apartment door standing open. I ran to the apartment.

When I entered there was a shirtless man holding a large butcher knife threatening a young woman. I said, "Put the knife down!" In a demonic voice he replied, "I can tell that you are a man of God." At that he dropped the knife and fled from the apartment.

We called the police, who later arrested him. We got the young woman into a Christian safe house. Not only was her life saved by God's divine directive, but later she was introduced to a personal life-transforming relationship with the resurrected Jesus Christ.

I've only had a few occasions like that, but it only takes a few to know that Acts 29 is still being written, and that the Spirit of God is still very much at work in the world today.

I rejoice at how I see Him at work among the churches of Sanibel and Captiva. I can hardly wait to see what He adds to His story among us!



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