Monday, September 16, 2013

Sailing off into the sunrise

Good afternoon friends,
I arrived safely in Florida last night and got to the hotel about 1 this morning. Today has mostly been spent planning the workshops we're going to offer and shortly we'll be praying together for the conference. I'm excited to meet new folks and connect with people I know as we seek new ways to share the story of God's love for us.

In our story, Paul has been examined by the Romans. They've found nothing wrong with him, but Paul still chooses to be judged by Rome rather than the Jewish leaders. So they put him on a ship for Rome. Of course, it's not as simple as just one ship. Paul warns that the journey will be dangerous, but off they go. Sometimes we have to go unsettling places to share our faith too.

God bless,

Acts 27:1-12
When it was decided that we were to sail for Italy, they transferred Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort, named Julius. 2Embarking on a ship of Adramyttium that was about to set sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica. 3The next day we put in at Sidon; and Julius treated Paul kindly, and allowed him to go to his friends to be cared for. 4Putting out to sea from there, we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. 5After we had sailed across the sea that is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia. 6There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship bound for Italy and put us on board. 7We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind was against us, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. 8Sailing past it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea. 

9 Since much time had been lost and sailing was now dangerous, because even the Fast had already gone by, Paul advised them, 10saying, ‘Sirs, I can see that the voyage will be with danger and much heavy loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.’ 11But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said. 12Since the harbour was not suitable for spending the winter, the majority was in favour of putting to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, where they could spend the winter. It was a harbour of Crete, facing south-west and north-west.

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