Week 45 Sunday

No Accident

Today’s scripture selection: Acts 13-14

Key Verse: Acts 13:2-3

“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabus and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”

If you read a bit of the book of Acts – one thing quickly becomes clear.  In the unfolding of early church history, nothing happens by accident.

From the beginning

  • Before the apostles fully understand what was to come
  • Before the Holy Spirit first “blew” into town – literally
  • Before the first believers began to understand the persecution they would suffer; and the protection they would receive from God
  • Before they were first called Christians
  • Before the sermons and the miracles
  • Before the journeys that would take them to the “ends of the earth” – as promised – witnessing for the faith

There was a plan.

It wasn’t a plan they created – it was the one God had in mind.

And, one step at a time, it unfolded as the Spirit of God led those who were willing to be used for His glory and purposes.

Two thousand years later, that plan is still unfolding.

People of faith are still “set apart” and called.

And God still manages to work more than a few miracles – miracles of grace and love – through the imperfect, but sincere, efforts of his children.

So I invite you to look for the ways God desires to set you apart.  I invite you to listen for the “still, small voice” of God as you are called into action.

It’s no accident – it may well be your destiny.

And who knows what miracles God will perform using little, old you.

Prayer: Lord, set me apart, according to your will, for your purposes.  And may the glory be yours.  AMEN.


By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton


  1. This is good Paul. Isn’t it great to know that there is a plan and it’s all falling into place; and to think He uses sinners cleansed by His blood to accomplish it. Amazing.

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