Posts Tagged 'Macedonia'

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 16:11-12

Wednesday, April 27, 1016

Acts 16:11-12We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days.

Today, Macedonia is northern and central Greece, so I couldn’t help but think of the Syrian and other refugees who are escaping from the coast of Turkey to get to Greece.  It places the faith of these early believers in a different context for me that they decided to cross a dangerous sea based on a dream that Paul had.

Almighty God, embolden our faith so that we can take actions that build your kingdom.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2016 – Acts 16:9-10

Monday, April 25, 2016

We are approaching the sixth Sunday of Easter.  Paul leaves on a journey in response to a vision, and Jesus heals a man at the pool of Bethesda in the selections for this week.  Those scriptures include: Acts 16:9-15, Psalm 67, Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, and John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9. 

Acts 16:9-10During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”  When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

Faithful living involves developing a habit of listening for God’s active presence in your life.  But once you have heard God, you are compelled to act, which can be easier said than done.

Gracious God, help us to hear your voice in our lives, and give us the wisdom and courage to act on your will.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Easter, 2010 – Acts 16:10-11

We are now approaching the sixth Sunday of Easter. The lectionary selections include Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 and John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9.

Acts 16:9-10During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.

I am moved by the faith of Paul in this passage. How did he know this was a message from God and not just a dream? My prayer for us today is for discernment, so that we too might know the difference.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us hear your voice above the din that fills our world. AMEN.


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