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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 

May 18, 2014

Acts 16:1-15

There is more going on in this text than we can even begin to explain. For example, just after the big argument about circumcision not being necessary, Paul pulls Timothy aside and very casually, CIRCUMCISES him! What the what?? Next,  Paul and Silas are trying to do mission in Asia but are mysteriously being blocked by the 'Spirit of Jesus.' Also we see in this text a vision that Paul gets about a man he's never met about coming over and to Europe and this man is 'begging him' to help. Instead of preaching to a man in the region, Paul's first convert is a woman by the name of Lydia, a wealthy CEO of all garments purple. At the end of the day the text is a beautiful reminder of the power and presence of Christ leading the church out on mission. Join us as we work through some of the mystery and beg Christ as well to lead us forward on mission for those who are far from God.