Entries by suzie

Thursday 28 May, 2020

What stands out to me when reading this passage is the very first verse, which says “After we had torn ourselves away from them…”. This is referring to Paul and his companions ‘tearing’ themselves away from the leaders and elders in Ephesus as they head towards Jerusalem. I am drawn to this imagery as it […]

Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Paul understood he had no time to waste. We have spent the last 2 years focusing at church on making disciples – and here is a perfect summary of just what that means. Clearly Paul has spoken the truth boldly, led by example and loved these people. The question is, who am I doing these […]

Tuesday 26 May, 2020

In this passage, Paul is on his way to Jerusalem, where the Holy Spirit has told him many times that jail and suffering lie ahead for him. If Paul had decided that this journey was going to take a long time, then I don’t think anyone would have argued with him. But is seems here […]

Monday 25 May, 2020

On first reading, this passage sounds like part of Great Aunt Hepzibah’s travel diary with a few unnecessary details. But thinking and praying about it have helped me get more out of it. The first thing that strikes me is how real this is. Someone inventing this wouldn’t bother to include details such as Paul […]

Sunday 24 May, 2020

All is well that ends well… and because the story ended well, surely Paul was ribbed about this incident in jest by his travelling companions. “Remember that time you literally bored a poor boy to death”… they all laugh. Truth is, the moment would have been absolutely horrifying and the relief amongst the group of […]

Saturday 23 May, 2020

Have you ever been tasked with a quest to complete? Maybe you were tasked with fulfilling a shopping list for the weekly family groceries? Or you were tasked with a university group assignment? or perhaps you had to climb up a tree to retrieve a cat that was stuck in the neighbour’s tree? These don’t really […]

Friday 22 May, 2020

In this passage, we see that Demetrius was a very successful business man, a silversmith making shrines for his god Artemis and he is worried that Paul will change all of this. Demetrius was focused on making money and protecting his livelihood – “let’s protect the reputation of our god and our industry” (v27). It […]

Thursday 21 May, 2020

In this chapter we discover that Paul has been preaching and teaching in Ephesus for 2 years, and the good news of Jesus Christ has dramatically transformed many lives. In this context Paul decides to keep moving – to go to Jerusalem and then Rome. He has a plan and he sends two of team […]

Wednesday 20 May, 2020

Power in the name of Jesus The power of the name of Jesus isn’t something that believers jump up and down about.  It’s part of the “new normal” of being a Christian.  But it seems that some people like to try to take that power and make it into something else. Perhaps a power that […]

Tuesday 19 May, 2020

Synagogue was a normal way of life for the Jewish people all over the world.  This is where they gathered to worship and learn.  Here Paul has travelled to Ephesus (western Turkey) to meet with the believers and others, to discuss and have fellowship.  Here is Paul challenging the Jewish people “How to enter God’s […]