Beyond the Weekend

October 17 | Encouraging Presence

October 17, 2019


One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.” Acts 18:9

Read: Acts 18:6-17

Listen: Acts 18


Paul has been here before. It’s almost formulaic by now. He begins sharing the Jesus-message, and then the abuse starts. Maybe this time it will be prison, another riot, or a flogging. Instead, Jesus inserts himself into the formula. He gives the gift of his encouraging presence. Jesus promises something specific and unique—Paul would be safe at Corinth. Paul has not received this promise before and it isn’t a promise that would travel with Paul on the rest of his journeys. At his breaking point, God encourages Paul with his presence.

Today, God makes his presence known to us in a variety of ways. People feel his presence through a timely verse during their Chair Time. Others experience his presence through the encouragement and support of a friend. Some recognize his presence in the midst of a worship service or when just the right song comes on the radio. Many know the presence of God through time spent in his creation. Sometimes it feels like a sermon is given just for us.

Watch this video clip below as Pastor Jeff Manion encourages us with Jesus’ words to Paul.


Reflect back on how God met you in the midst of a time when you felt like you were at your breaking point. In what ways did he encourage you? Did you recognize it was him and thank him? In your journal, make a list of the ways he met you and thank him for his presence in those moments.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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