One of the most devastating feelings in our lives is fatalism – the feeling that this is the way it is always going to be and nothing is going to change. It will probably even get worse. The message of the Book of Acts is that is Not True! The Messiah Jesus is not dead, and He is not distant, and He is not silent and He is not weak! God is full of surprises! Suddenly, out of the blue, He takes the key player of the persecution of the early Church, Saul, and turns him totally around on the Damascus Road. The Saul who was breathing out threats and murder against believers did not drop dead in judgment, but became a bleliever and chmpion of the faith as the Apostle Paul. We are to preach Jesus boldly. The Church was given peace and encouragement. We can walk in the fear and respect of the Lord, and in the power and comfort of the Holy Spirit.