Monday, July 26, 2010

NIPTO, Day 169

You're just getting a NIPTO post in here today. 
I'm going to write a post about driving school. It's wonderful. If I get there early enough that not many people are there, I'll take pictures so they can go with the posts hah.


Acts 9:19b-31
Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21All those who heard him were astonished and asked, "Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn't he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?" 22Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.

Okay. Lotsa stuff going on. Saul stayed in  Damascus for a couple days. And at once he began to preach that Jesus was the Son of God. That's fantastic. I wish more people were like the converted Saul.
But then there are all these people who knew what Saul was like before he was converted and they're all confused. They're like "soo... he's the guy who used to put these people in prison... and now he's one of them... what's going on?!?  And Saul just keeps getting more powerful. And people are confused. The end. But not quite.

 23After many days had gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him, 24but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

So the Jews (of all people) decide that they're going to kill Saul. But, fortunately, Saul heard what was going on and escaped via basket over the wall.

 26When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple.

That's gotta be discouraging. You're all fired up for God and you go to the epicenter... and everyone is scared of you and won't let you in their "group." So sad.

27But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.

God bless Barnabas. He heard Saul's story and he told the apostles what really happened. Shweeet. Thanks Barnabas! :)

28So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they tried to kill him. 30When the brothers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.

So Saul's just goin' around Jerusalem talking about Jesus... he was talking to the Greek Jews and they tried to kill him. Heh. The "guys" (apostles? brothers...) heard and were like, "Dude. We gotta move you." So they took him to Caesarea and sent him on his merry way to Tarsus.

 31Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.

This is an awesome verse. The church in those areas were strengthened and encouraged. They grew which is always an amazing thing for the church. 

The end. Look for a post on DRIVING SCHOOL coming soon to a... computer near you!

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