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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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The Attempt: Day 16

Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra… These are called Laconian cities: wolf land cities. Now, remember what we’ve already read; where we’ve already been. Lystra is where Paul was stoned; home to Lois and her daughter Eunice and grandson Timothy. … where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. 2 The believers at Lystra and Iconium s
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The Attempt: Day 15

Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch… Judea is at a higher altitude than Antioch. Judea is hill country, Antioch is near the coast of the Mediterranean. We read ‘go down’ and we think ‘south’ because of how we read maps. Again, an example of how we can read the bible with a western mind and misunderstand even some of the simplest of notions. …and were teaching the believe
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The Attempt: Day 14

A short, simple reading today, ok guys? At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. 3 So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of h
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