I’m Not Dead Yet! – Good News for May 13

13 05 2009

Acts 14:19-28

In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered around him,
he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the Kingdom of God.”

They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith. Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. And when they arrived, they called the Church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. Then they spent no little time with the disciples.

The Daily Path: Can you believe this one? First Paul is stoned by a crowd and believed dead. So the Jews drag his body out of the city. Then Paul comes back to life as if nothing has happened and takes off on a tour of Asia Minor! Tell me this passage didn’t inspire a Monty Python sketch. 

“I’m not dead yet!”

“You’re not fooling anybody.”

“I feel happy!”

“You’ll be stone dead in a moment.”

“Let’s go on a little trip.”

Sorry, I couldn’t help but share this. 

Room to Chat: Have a good joyful laugh today. I’ll bet the devil hates that.