Friday, August 6, 2010

NIPTO, Day 180

Gooooood... afternoon.

Let's see... since the last time I blogged, I've: slept, eaten, watched last night's So You Think You Can Dance, watched the trailer for Vampires Suck, annnnd... read a little bit of Linger. Oh yeah, and I've been getting excited for Chris&Rosie's wedding later today! =D I'll probably do a whole post on their wedding. And hopefully I'll take a ton of pictures. You know how I am with a camera ;) (Maybe Hannah will let me use hers! Actually, I probably wouldn't want to use a camera for the first time at an event where I want to get really good pictures. Best to stick with what you know. (Even if her camera is almost exactly the same as mine... just less beat up! And it has a couple features/new modes that mine doesn't have.))
And I played some LT songs. :) (This is the playlist I made on YouTube of all but the David Root originals (and maybe 1 or 2 others that I couldn't find) of the songs we sang at LT! :) Enjoy!)

A'ight. NIPTO.

Acts 13:4-12
4The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. 5When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper.

"The two of them" are Barnabas and Saul. They were just commissioned to GO... where? not really sure. But they went. And they went to Cyprus. And they just told people about Jesus. And they talked about the Bible. What it meant and stuff. John was their roadie. At least that's my interpretation. ;)

 6They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 7who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God.

They just kept on traveling. They got to Paphos and met this guy who fancied himself as a prophet. He obviously wanted to be Jesus... or something, because his name is Bar-Jesus. He was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus.  He was a smart person. Learned. Not stupid to be sure. He probably had quite a bit of schooling. So, in his intelligence, he sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear what they had to say.

8But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith.
Elymas, another sorcerer (or at least his name means "sorcerer") didn't like what Barnabas and Saul had to say. So he tried to get the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, to turn away from the faith that he had just accepted.

9Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, 10"You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? 11Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun."
   Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand

Saul(Paul) was filled like the Holy Spirit (as the disciples were wont to do). He looked at Elymas and told him off. He called him a "child of the devil" and "an enemy of everything that is right"... uhm. Intense. Elymas perverted the thing that were right. And that turned God against him. Paul told him he was going to be blind, and that he wouldn't be able to see the light of the sun. And immediately "mist and darkness came over him." I think it's interesting that now, when he can't see, he's looking for someone to lead him around. God would've willingly done that if he hadn't been so adamantly against him. Interesting stuff.

12When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.
When the other guy, proconsul Sergius Paulus, saw what happened, he believed because he was amazed. It's all interesting interesting. 
And I don't want to say that word again, but it seriously is interesting. And now I'll be done. =P

I think that'll be all for now.
I'm going to read now... or play piano or guitar. Not sure yet. Whatever I feel like doing, GOSH!
And I can officially say that Katie comes home the day after tomorrow!!! =D FIFTY THREE HOURS! I'm excited, man!
Hope you had/are having/had a good day!

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