Wednesday, July 14, 2010

NIPTO, Day 157

Helloooo. It's late. I'll tell you what our schedule was today, but that's it. Then NIPTO

Session (Jeff Yackley!)
Tom Short spoke at the outdoor amphitheatre (it thundered almost the whole time, but there was never lightning or rain)
Hangout time (Euchre in the 1st floor lounge/common area)
Praying for the people who went out evangelizing today
Session (Tom Short on the Holy Spirit)
Getting ready for bed

It was a great day. I'm not feeling great right now... pray that sleeping&stuff would make me feel better. (I might be a little dehydrated... so water is going to be my best friend tomorrow)

Acts 5:25-32
25Then someone came and said, "Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people." 26At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them.

Okay. So the officers/people in charge were confused because the guys that they had put in prison (the apostles) weren't in jail when they checked up on them in the morning. Sooo then someone informed them that they were doing a little "open air preaching" Tom "anything but" Short style. So then they went and brought the guys in, but they didn't want to be violent in any way shape or form because they were afraid that the people wouldn't like that very much... (that should be a hint. If the people might stone you, I'd listen to what those guys have to say)

27Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28"We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name," he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood."

So... they brought the guys in to be questioned. They let them know that they weren't going to tolerate them talking about Jesus in public places and whatnot. They were convinced that the apostles were out to make them guilty of Jesus's blood. (which they were...)
29Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men! 30The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.

Peter was a bold guy... He had no problem telling people what he belived. And he told them that he thought it was more important for him to obey God than to obey men.
He told them what he thought. He told them what he believed. He told them that Jesus was raised from the dead... after being killed on the cross.

31God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. 32We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."

God raised Jesus up to sit at his right hand as Prince of the kingdom. And since God did that, he is able to forgive us of our sins.
Hm. We are witnesses. We are the ones who have seen. Dad did his "Tilly and the Tsunami" sermon this morning. We're the ones who have seen what God has done because he has revealed it to us. God revealed it to us because we've obeyed him, and the Holy Spirit is also a witness. Cool stuff. (Almost wrote "cool beans." No lie.)

I'm going to go to sleep now. Please pray for me. I'm feeling very... not 100% And I know that sleep will help, so I'm not going to drag this out any longer :)

Thanks for praying!

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