His family must have spent a fortune on his education.
He studied under the greatest teachers of his day. He was thoroughly trained in law. Became a well-recognized warrior. Traveled extensively. Enjoyed athletic competition so much that he knew all the rules and measures used to evaluate athletes.
One day God spoke to him in a dramatic way and his life was changed forever. He put his complete trust in God and decided to follow Him completely.
Eventually, things changed. Life did not become easy for him, but difficult.
As a result of his obedience, he suffered shipwrecks and stoning. He faced death from maddening mobs and whips that lashed his body. Even though he was thrown into prison, his spirit was never shattered nor his faith flawed.
How did Paul endure these hardships? He turned his dungeon into a mine of diamonds. He wrote some of the world's finest letters, inspired early church leaders, formed the theological foundation of Christianity and endured hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
While in prison he wrote, "We know that all things work together for good."
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