2 Timothy 4:17-18

Fill in the blanks using the New King James Version of the Bible.

But the _________ stood with me and _________
me, so that the
_________ might be _________

fully through me, and that all the

_________. Also I was _________ out

 of the
_________ of the _________. And the
_________ will deliver me from every

work and _________ me for

_________ _________. To Him be

forever and ever. Amen!

"Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson,
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Paul in Damascus

Saul the persecutor of Christians met Jesus on the road to Damascus. After his conversion he was a different person. The man who had been killing Christians now became a follower of Jesus and joined the ranks of believers. He also began to be called by a new name, Paul.
The Christians in Damascus didn't know what to think of him. He began to preach in their city and became more and more powerful.
Some of the Jews decided he was dangerous to them and started looking for a way to kill him, but Paul learned of their plan. His enemies watched the city gate day and night, determined to grab him when he tried to leave the city.
Paul and his friends had other plans, and God wanted Paul to survive to preach in other cities. This was their plan: They got a large basket, big enough to hold a man. They tied ropes onto the basket to lower it to the ground. When it was dark, Paul got into the basket and his friends lowered him down through an opening in the wall. He didn't use the city gates at all! His enemies' plan was foiled and Paul left the city in safety.
He went from Damascus to Jerusalem, but the Christians there feared him also. Barnabas, good Barnabas, stood up for him and told the Christians that Paul really was changed. He was accepted by them and preached, but it became dangerous there also when the Jews from Greece tried to kill him. His friends took him to Caesarea  and then sent him off to Tarsus, his hometown.