And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise of the Holy Spirit is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, even to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself.
And Peter solemnly and earnestly witnessed (testified) and admonished (exhorted) with much more continuous speaking and warned (reproved, advised, encouraged) them, saying, Be saved from this crooked (perverse, wicked, unjust) generation.
Acts 2:38-40 (Amplified Bible)
Walk away from the way that leads to death and step over into The Way that leads to life.
Gather as a chick under the wings of Jesus…as a hen gathers her chicks…under the shadow of the Almighty…healing in His wings..Psalm 91…(Mathew 23:37; Malachi 4:2; Psalm 17:8; Psalm 36:7; Psalm 57:1; Psalm 63:7; and Psalm 91:4)
Make the Divine Romance the love of your life!
Just over a century ago, two famous strident atheists sat on a train together discussing, of all things, the life of Christ. One of them said,
“I think an interesting romance could be written about that.”
The other replied, “And you are just the man to do it. Tear down the prevailing sentiment about his divinity and paint his as a man – a man among men.”
The one who made the suggestion was the pugnacious Englishman Charles Ingersoll. The man who took up the project was an American whose name was Lew Wallace, a gentleman who had been a general in the Civil War and then a diplomat in Europe, most notably at the Ottoman Court in Istanbul.
Wallace found himself drawn into the story as he tried to write it.
Then he stumbled on two lines.
The first one that he could not get away from was Pilate’s question, “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:22).
The second that he could not avoid was the confession of the man who had nailed Him to the cross:
“Surely he was the Son of God! (27:54).”
Lew Wallace found that his life was changed. So was his book. He called it BEN HUR. It is the story of the centurion and it portrays the tremendous change in a person’s life when he or she surrenders to Jesus Christ.”
“Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. And I will wait upon the LORD, that hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion.”
1 Peter 2:1-12,
“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
Lewis “Lew” Wallace (April 10, 1827 – February 15, 1905) was an American lawyer, governor, Union general in the American Civil War, politician and author, best remembered for his historical novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. It grew to be the best-selling American novel of the 19th century. The book has never been out of print and has been filmed four times. Historian Victor Davis Hanson argued that the novel was based heavily on Wallace’s own life, particularly his experiences at Shiloh and the damage it did to his reputation. There are some striking similarities: the book’s main character, Judah Ben-Hur, accidentally causes injury to a high-ranking commander, for which he and his family suffer no end of tribulations and calumny.