#395: “Patrick: A Heart Afire, Part 2”
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1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;4perseverance, character; and character, hope.5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!10For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned--13for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.14Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.15But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!16Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.17For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.18Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.20The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Patrick: A Heart Afire, Part 2
“Patrick: A Heart Afire, Part 2” is episode #395 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Matt Summer and Paul McCusker, and originally aired on March 14, 1998.
Whit tells Jared DeWhite the story of Patrick, a slave boy who changed the history of an entire nation through his dedication to Jesus.
Patrick returns to his village and finds his family still alive but mourning his supposed death. He has another vision in which a man speaking on behalf of the Irish people entreats him to return to Ireland and share the gospel. In obedience to the vision, Patrick trains in England and Europe, where he meets with other church leaders.
He and six other priests journey to Ireland, where they are met by a hostile group of Druids, including Lochrue. Miraculously, the priests escape the Druids' ambush when the Druids are made to see deer instead of the Christians. Patrick and the other priests are allowed to meet King Laoghaire. He is so impressed that he allows Patrick to live in Ireland, where he converts many people to Christianity, which continues to draw the wrath of the Druids.
The day for Easter celebration arrives, and it coincides with the Druids' pagan celebration to their gods, which involved the lighting of a huge fire on Tara Hill, the site of the castle. In order to show the power of Christ, Patrick defies the king's edict that no other fires should be lit. He is brought before the king to answer for his crime, and Lochrue, with the help of Lucitmael, an evil high priestess, attempts to poison him. Aware of the plot, Patrick proclaims the gospel message boldly to the king and queen, which results in Lochrue being banished from the kingdom.
Whit explains to Jared that, through Patrick's influence, the people of Ireland--and most of the known world--were saved in some of the darkest hours of history.
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- Patrick was re-united with his father after many years of being away. How do you think that felt for Patrick? But then, Patrick was told he needed to return to Ireland, the same land that once made him a slave. How would you have felt if you were Patrick?
- What do you think happened when Lochrue tried to ambush Patrick on the road?
- Why did it bother Patrick that the Druids celebrated their festival on Resurrection Sunday?
- Do you have any special celebration that you practice on St. Patrick's Day?
John Whittaker: Patrick had to obey God. To disobey would have compromised his faith.
Patrick: [We are] Emissaries of the Lord Jesus Christ.
John Whittaker: Oh, Patrick wasn't a magician; he was a man of prayer. How it was that the soldiers saw deer instead of the priests is... well, that's — that's up to somebody else to explain.