Saturday, December 2, 2017

Thessalonica and Berea

Loved being in Thessaloniki! For some students the highlight was the pirate boat, for some, the amazing food. Glad I got to eat lunch with my cousin Hannah and other wonderful students. We shared embarrassing moments and crush stories at this lunch - definitely a good time.

I think the highlights were the scriptural connections. From Philippi, Paul traveled next to Thessalonica. He had some good success there, but eventually some envious Jews (see Acts 17:5) assaulted those who were following Paul’s teachings. They said to the rulers of the city that these men “have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). We talked about how each of us can turn the world upside down in powerful ways.

Side note: One of the highlights for me of being in Thessalonica was going to the service at a Greek Orthodox church. It was a very touching experience. I didn't take pictures as I didn't want to disrupt the service, but it was beautiful.

Paul left Thessalonica and traveled to Berea. These people “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11). Unfortunately, the rabble-rousers from Thessalonica soon came to Berea and Paul was forced to head to Athens. 


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