18Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchrea because of a vow he had taken.
Paul stayed in Corinth for a while. And then he wen tot Syria with Priscilla&Aquila. The people he had met earlier... they were tent-makers like Paul.
But before he left, he got his hair cut. OFF. (I'm getting my hair cut off on Friday!) But he had his cut off because of an oath that he had taken. Oath, vow, same diff...
19They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20When they asked him to spend more time with them, he declined. 21But as he left, he promised, "I will come back if it is God's will." Then he set sail from Ephesus. 22When he landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church and then went down to Antioch.
They went to Ephesus... and Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. I'm not sure if it was because they weren't allowed to go into the synagogue or for other reasons, but he left them. And went into the synagogue. And talked and reasoned with the Jews there. They asked him to spend more time with them, to stay a while, if you will. But he said no. When he left he promised that he would come back if it is God's will. And then he went to Caesarea and went to the church there and then went to Antioch.
23After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
He was in Antioch for a while and then kind of... "region hopped" or "church hopped" or something. And he went to the churches and encouraged and strengthened the disciples there.
24Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
There was a guy in who came to Ephesus from Alexandra. He was smart and knew a lot about the Bible. He was passionate about God and taught people about Jesus accurately. But he only knew about John's baptism.
He started to talk in the synagogue one day and Priscilla and Aquila hear him and invited them to come to their house and he did and they explained things a little more accurately to him. Or more adequately. Whichever. =P
27When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. On arriving, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28For he vigorously refuted the Jews in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
Apollos (the guy from the section above) wanted to go to a different city. The brothers&sisters encouraged him and wrote to the people there for him so they knew he was coming. When he got there, he helped them. He helped the people who, by grace, had believed. To the Jews there, he refuted them. He proved them wrong. He made sure they knew what was true according to the Scriptures. So yeah. He seems like a cool guy.
The end for that.
Today I am at Panera with my sisters (kind of) having God Time. And drinking a mocha! :)
Here's my picture... artsy. I know =P
Hope you have a good Wednesday!