Acts 27-28

Dec. 31st, 2010 01:01 pm
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Because of Paul's appeal to go before Caesar, they have to take a dangerous sea voyage to Italy during the winter storms. The ship ends up run aground and everyone has to swim for land, which turns out to be the island of Malta, where they spend the winter (Paul gets bitten by an apparently poisonous snake and everyone is surprised that he survives). Eventually they all make it to Rome and Paul spends another two years preaching under loose house arrest, apparently not going before Caesar (a long waiting list?).

Acts 24-26

Dec. 30th, 2010 12:49 pm
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Paul has a trial and then they wait for Lysias to come before deciding the case, this apparently takes over two years and Paul is kept under guard (with some freedoms) for that time and he never comes anyway.

The various Roman leaders debate about what to do with Paul, they can't see he's done anything wrong, just caused a disagreement over a few points of law within the religion. Paul asks to be sent before Caesar.

Paul likes telling the story of how he came to be following Jesus rather than killing the followers. He is accused of being insane, but claims to be speaking true and rational words.

Acts 21-23

Dec. 29th, 2010 12:30 pm
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Paul is so noble, ready to be martyred in the name of Jesus, but just because people are willing to die for a cause that doesn't mean they are right.

And as he predicted he is attacked by a mob of Jews and nearly beaten to death before a Roman military leader steps in and tries to find out what is going on before allowing Paul to speak to the crowd. He ends up being released because he is a Roman citizen and has the right to a fair trial.

More people plot against him and the Romans transport him to safety quietly.

Acts 18-20

Dec. 28th, 2010 08:25 pm
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Paul continues to be opposed by Jewish people, and a group bring him in front of a Roman official who dismisses their complaint because it is effectively a disagreement about their own law.

Some people who used to practice magic decide to burn all their books and follow Jesus instead. Traditions have to start somewhere.

A man who makes a lot of money from the making of idols stirs all the craftspeople up against the Jesus-followers because they have been turning people away from worshipping hand made gods and losing them business.

Paul speaks for a long time and a young man falls asleep and out the third storey window and is killed, but Paul rushes out and heals him.

Paul decides to go to Jerusalem even though the Holy Spirit has warned him that imprisonment and persecution awaits him, he tells all the other followers that he'll never see them again.

Acts 16-17

Dec. 27th, 2010 10:14 pm
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The Holy Spirit prevents the disciples from speaking in Asia, and Paul has a vision that tells him to go to Macedonia and preach there.

Paul and Silas end up in prison for exorcising a spirit from a slave girl, but an earthquake makes all the doors open and releases the prisoners from their bonds. They don't escape though, instead converting the jailer and his family.

Paul has a discussion with some Greek philosophers in Athens, telling them that they are already worshipping his God, they're just doing it wrong (with idols and altars), some scoff at the idea of the resurrection but others are willing to discuss the idea further.

Acts 14-15

Dec. 26th, 2010 08:38 pm
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In a city where the people follow the ancient Greek religion they start calling Barnabas and Paul Zeus and Hermes because they heal a man. The people bring sacrifcies and want to start worshipping them, they don't have much luck trying to convince them that they are worshipping mere human mortals, but a group of Jews manage to turn the crowd against them and Paul is nearly killed.

A debate is held about whether circumcision is required to be saved. James says that they shouldn't cause extra difficulty to those who turn to God, but they should be told in a letter to follow the rules against idols, sexual immorality and for kosher slaughter.

Acts 11-13

Dec. 25th, 2010 10:02 pm
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The first mention of the disciples and other followers being called Christians.

A prophet predicts a famine so the disciples send financial aid to the area that will be affected.

King Herod starts arranging to have various disciples killed, encouraged by the fact that their deaths pleased the Jews (apparently). But Peter is rescued from prison by an angel, and Herod is killed by an angel in front of a crowd.

Another man is convinced of the truth of what the disciples are preaching by being struck blind temporarily.

The disciples are filled with joy when the Jews start trying to disrupt the gathering of new believers and stirring up persecution. Some of this is reading like anti-Jewish propaganda.

Acts 9-10

Dec. 24th, 2010 10:44 pm
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Saul wanted to imprison all of Jesus' followers but Jesus strikes him blind and then gets someone to heal him and he becomes a devout follower. It's like someone beating you until you do what they say.

Peter sees a vision that tells him to no longer follow the old laws about things and people being ritually unclean, so even Gentiles can be baptised and saved.

Acts 7-8

Dec. 23rd, 2010 10:18 pm
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Thank you Stephen for the summary of the entire Old Testament, if only I'd known there would be a cheat sheet I wouldn't have spent nine months reading it. Stephen is killed for quoting the Old Testament and accusing his audience of rejecting God's message for many generations.

The followers all scatter after Stephen's death and the apostles carry on their teaching and spreading the word, including using a request from a Eunuch to help him understand parts of Isaiah to tell him about Jesus and convert him.

Acts 4-6

Dec. 22nd, 2010 09:52 pm
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John and Peter are arrested for their what they've been claiming about Jesus, but their popularity amongst the people meant that they couldn't be punished so they are released.

The group of believers are a truly communist bunch, everything they own is owned by the group and no single person.

A man and his wife die after lying about how much money they'd got for selling their property, they kept part of the proceeds for themselves. This terrifies all the followers.

All the apostles are arrested again because they are so popular the high priest gets jealous, but an angel opens the prison doors for them and sets them free. They are told to stop teaching in the name of Jesus but this just makes them happy (they like being persecuted) and they carry on anyway.

Acts 1-3

Dec. 21st, 2010 09:01 pm
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Judas bought a field with the money he was given to betray Jesus and then fell and his intestines exploded, slightly random way to die. The remaining eleven apostles cast lots to decide on a replacement for Judas.

The holy spirit touches all the disciples and they become fluent in lots of languages which confuses all the other people, some of them decide the disciples are drunk, Peter's defence is that they can't be drunk because it's nine o'clock in the morning.

Peter's speech convinces three thousand people to repent and be baptised. They also all sell their possessions and use the money for those in need. Something that's very commendable.

Peter doesn't just try persuading people to follow them by healing people or promising salvation, he also slips in a threat about how people who don't obey will be destroyed.

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