"But Lord," exclaimed Ananias, "I've heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem!  And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name."  But the Lord said, "Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.  And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name's sake."
- I'm struck by how difficult and challenging God's call was to both these men. And how fully they both complied.
Acts 9:22-23 (NLT)
Saul's preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn't refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah.  After a while some of the Jews plotted together to kill him.
- This is certainly one of the most powerful conversion stories recorded in the bible... With immediate results.
Paul's life comes under attack now in one way or another until the day when he is finally executed. This sure flies in the face of modern "health and wealth" versions of "christianity."
Acts 9:34 (NLT)
Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you! Get up, and roll up your sleeping mat!" And he was healed instantly.
Peter's ministry seems to be based more on great signs and healings compared to Saul's preaching and teaching mission.