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October 17 - Morning

"From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis.From there we traveled to Philippi,
 a Roman colony and the leading city of that
district of Macedonia. 
And we stayed there several days.

On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer.
We sat down and began to speak to the women
who had gathered there.

- Acts 16:11-13

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Paul Goes To Europe    

In 50 AD Paul left Asia for the first time to enter Europe with the Gospel. It is likely that the message that Jesus was the resurrected Messiah had already reached places such as the city of Rome as a result of the events on the Day of Pentecost. Only seven years later, in 57 AD, Paul writes to the church in Rome seeking their support and announcing his desire to visit them for the first time, so, obviously, the church was in Rome before both Paul and Peter arrived there.

In Acts 16:11-13 (today’s devotional text) Paul was in Troas, the ancient city of Troy and the site of a famous medical school. Luke, who was a medical doctor from Antioch, was most likely trained in the medical school at Troas. It is apparent that Luke joins Paul in Troas because the written narrative in the book of Acts switches in verses 16:10, 11 from third person (“he said” or “they went”) to first person (“we heard” or “we went”). So, beginning here in Troas Dr. Luke travels with Paul and documents the adventures, sermons, conversations and events until the book of Acts closes in 62 AD with Paul in under house arrest Rome waiting for his trial date before Nero. It seems that Luke uses these years (60-62 AD) to edit his notes and write the book of Acts. (He probably used the three years before, 57-60, while Paul waited in prison in Caesarea to investigate facts and write his gospel account in the Gospel of Luke.)

In 50 AD Paul, Luke and the ministry team left Troas and crossed the north portion of the Agean Sea through the Hellenspont by first landing on the island of Samothrace. The ports are on the north side of this island still twenty-five miles south of the coast of Europe.

After spending the night on the Mediterranean isle of Samothrace, Luyk says docked at Neapolis, the main port for Macedonia. From Samothrace the Roman highway Egnatian Way (map here; road marker here) could be used to travel the nine miles into Philippi.

Since the Jewish religion has multiple rituals and rites that involve dipping in water it was common for them to build their synagogues near a water source such as a sea, a spring or a river. Luke says that on the Jewish Sabbath they went outside the city to the river planning on finding “a place of prayer”, which was what Jews would call a synagogue building. When Paul, Luke and the ministry team arrived at the synagogue by the river (River Gangites, or one of its streams) they sat down and began to speak with a group of woman who had gathered at the synagogue for prayer on the Sabbath Day.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of
truth on the altar of peace."
- J.C. Ryle








Something to Ponder??
The modern state of Israel is 8,500 square miles. This is smaller than the state of Hampshire or about 1/4 the size of a state like Iowa.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information




Chayah (Hb) - Live (Eng) - the Hebrew live chayah means "live." In Exodus 3:14-15
God is chayah, or life, itself and God has the power to bring chayah to the
dead "to revive," "to make alive," "to restore."

  There is an abundant amount of archaeological evidence and ancient inscriptions available to confirm the authenticity of the Bible. And, this evidence is a mere fraction of what was originally available or written since very little survives and very little of what survives in archaeological sites has been identified and surveyed, and very little of the sites surveyed have been excavated and very little of the excavations have been reported and published and what very little of what has been recovered and reported is fully processed. There is much more history that is still waiting to be uncovered.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I understand that there must be truth before there is peace?
I cannot have peace if I do not have truth.
Peace without truth is a dangerous and disappointing deception.
I will seek truth so I can experience peace that endures.
  "He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction."
- Proverbs 17:19
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