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Transformational impact in the Bible

Reyes explores true transformations throughout biblical families in his new book

When you think of biblical families, you might think they had it all together. Or you might have a few common ones come to mind: Adam and Eve; Abraham and Sarah; Joseph and Mary. In Dr. Reyes' latest book "Never Alone: The Power of Family to Inspire Hope," he explores a variety of families throughout Scripture to see what we can learn.

The one story that stands out most to him is found in Acts 16.

"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone's chains came loose.

The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, 'Don't harm yourself! We are all here!'

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' They replied, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved – you and your household.'" – Acts 16:25-31

Reyes saw a true transformational impact in the Philippian jailer. Following the experience at the jail, the jailer brings Paul and Silas to his family to hear the Gospel – and even get baptized. 

"It's a radical transformation and this story really does say, the power of the Gospel can transform a father and a family," Reyes shared. "So it's one of my favorites."

Read more in Reyes' book "Never Alone" available now.



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