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July 9, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 16 (ESV)

Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily......Continue Reading

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  1. Paul and Silas are severely beaten and imprisoned for the gospel. I like (?) how they endure persecution and continue to praise the Lord, but they still stand up for their worldly “rights”.

    “But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out.””

  2. 0Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.

  3. So Paul returns to Lystra once again where he was almost stoned to death. But if he didn’t, then he may not have connected with Timothy, one of his most faithful companions and co-laborers. And his revisiting the churches has the desired ends: believers were strengthened and the churches grew.

    And what a great lesson in the guidance of God found in verses 6-10. Kept by the Spirit from going to Asia, the Spirit of Jesus not allowing them to go somewhere, and then a vision at night are all extraordinary means by which God leads us. And they are reserved for those who pursue God’s will passionately, like Paul certainly did. And anyone else catch the change in pronoun in verse 11? It moves from they to we, which means Luke must have joined them at this point as well.

    And I guess the gospel will have the same effect in Greece that it had in Asia: divine power, a warm reception from those who believe and are being saved and violent rejection from those who don’t and aren’t. And ditto on what Amy shares about Paul and Silas. Can you imagine praising God after being beaten unjustly? And not escaping when God appears to have given you the chance because He has a higher purpose, the salvation of this Philipian jailer. Paul is awesome….

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