Acts 17: 1-9….Tolerance.

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and toContinue reading “Acts 17: 1-9….Tolerance.”

Acts 16: 35-40….I wonder what was said behind closed doors?

But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.” But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are RomanContinue reading “Acts 16: 35-40….I wonder what was said behind closed doors?”

Acts 16: 25-34…..Amazing!

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that theContinue reading “Acts 16: 25-34…..Amazing!”

Acts 16: 19-24…..A response to reduced income!

But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, “These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city. They advocate customs that are not lawful forContinue reading “Acts 16: 19-24…..A response to reduced income!”

Acts 16: 16-19….Troublesome girl!

As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” AndContinue reading “Acts 16: 16-19….Troublesome girl!”

Acts 16: 11-15… A base in Macedonia.

So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate toContinue reading “Acts 16: 11-15… A base in Macedonia.”

Acts 16: 6-10…..God’s leading.

And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas.Continue reading “Acts 16: 6-10…..God’s leading.”

Acts 15: 37 -16:5 Get on with the business!

Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him andContinue reading “Acts 15: 37 -16:5 Get on with the business!”

Acts 15: 30-36…..Planning the next trip.

So when they were sent off, they went down to Antioch, and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement. And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words. And after they had spent someContinue reading “Acts 15: 30-36…..Planning the next trip.”

Acts 15: 13-21: A Basic tenant of Christian thinking…

After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,“‘After this I will return,and I will rebuild the tent of David that hasContinue reading “Acts 15: 13-21: A Basic tenant of Christian thinking…”