Saturday, July 10, 2010

NIPTO, Day 153

I have about 30 minutes before lights out to give you an update and do NIPTO!

SO: we left our house at around 6:30 am and made 3 stops on the way down and made it here at about... 5:45-6. We got situated and ate dinner of pizza and then organized a little bit more.
We had our first session tonight and it was fantastic! Tom Short talked about how sometimes we believe in God, but we don't necessarily believe in what God can do for us. He talked about Matthew 13, the parable of the seeds. We want to be good seed. I'll probably do more updating on sermons and such when I get home, but for now, you get the cliff-notes version ;)

I can't really think of anything else about our day... I'll post pictures when I have an extended free time. I'm just trying to finish before midnight right now! Sooooo

Acts 4:32-36
 32All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.

What a great testimony. They didn't claim that they owned anything. They shared everything they had. I think that Shane Claiborne likes this verse =P (He wrote The Irresistible Revolution)

33With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.

They were powerful. Not necessarily politically powerful, but they were spiritually powerful. And they kept on telling people about Jesus' resurrection. And they had grace. Grace is a thing we all need. 

34There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35and put it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.

This is such a fantastic picture of what the church should be. There really shouldn't be anyone who has need in the church because we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, should share our excess with those who are in need.

 36Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), 37sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet.

I think this is sweet. Joseph was a guy. A guy who was a Levite. I'm thinking that Levites weren't particularly well liked. I could be wrong, though. But the apostles didn't call him Joseph. They called him Barnabas. Which has a sweet meaning. Son of Encouragement. That's so cool! To be so encouraging that people give you a nickname that's "son of encouragement"!
But he sold one of his fields and took the money and gave it to the apostles so that they would be able to distribute it as needed! Awesome!

Alrighty. I'm done for tonight, but I will blog tomorrow! Tomorrow we are getting up and eating breakfast... we have a meeting at 9:30 and I'm not really sure what we're doing after that. Should be sweet!
Adios blog readers!

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