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The Attempt: Day 26

Let’s open with a prayer. Josh Archer has asked to pray. Josh plays John Mark, a young man when we first see him; a son in the faith to Peter, and eventually the author of the gospel of Mark. Holy father, We come before you to glorify your name. Please bless this production and make miracles happen. Be with everyone’s health, and be with their spirit. Thank you so much for the positivity surrounding our u
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The Attempt: Day 25

Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem, 2 where the chief priests and the Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul. 3 They requested Festus, as a favor to them, to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem, for they were preparing an ambush to kill him along the way. Man, this is dark stuff. They’re lying, because they’re planning on
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The Attempt: Day 24

We’re deep in rehearsals now, folks. Most of our cast has made it here to St. Louis, but we’re still looking forward to getting our lovable stragglers here safely over the next few days. At any rate, in less than two weeks we’ll open our show. Here’s our gang so far: We covet everyone’s prayers. Let’s continue our reading of Acts with a few less comments from me, but first let̵
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The Attempt: Day 23

In our last episode we saw the commander free Paul and then bring him before the Sanhedrin. Remember the room where the Sanhedrin met?   Standing in this room, with the commander and surely a few Roman guards accompanying him… … Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” 2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered t
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The Attempt: Day 22

We last saw Paul standing on these steps of this Roman garrison the Antonia Fortress: Having spoken to the commander in Greek, he dispelled the assumption that he was an Egyptian rebel. The commander, hearing a man speak the lingua franca of the day is suddenly thinking, “who is this man?” He thought he knew, but he’s taken aback by the fact that he doesn’t. He shakes his head, as if to clear
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The Attempt: Day 21

Spoiler alert: this chapter ends with a cliff hanger. After we had torn ourselves away from them, we put out to sea and sailed straight to Kos. The next day we went to Rhodes and from there to Patara. 2 We found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, went on board and set sail. 3 After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. I’
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The Attempt: Day 20

Part 1: The Journey to Jerusalem is about to begin in earnest. When the uproar had ended… 2 hours of shouting in the Ephesian theatre, then the city clerk dismisses the assembly. …Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. 2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 3 where he stay
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The Attempt: Day 19

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told
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The Attempt: Day 18

After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. Paul is working 6 da
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The Attempt: Day 17

I’m on the road, folks. I don’t want to short change you, but how about we keep this simple, because this is one of the most simple chapters to outline in three parts, and those parts being the three cities that Paul and his team preach to: I. Thessalonica II. Berea III. Athens. See? You remember those three towns and you’re well on your way to memorizing a chapter of the bible. When Paul and his co
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