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Witness to the Nations

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Coincidence?

1. The two people circled in the above picture are Aimee Maiden and Nick Wheeler. They were set to be married and were visiting Nick’s grandparents where they were looking through photo albums. They found this photo of Nick at a beach in Cornwall, England. When they took a closer look, Aimee noticed that it was her in the background. This picture was taken 11 years before they were set to marry! They ended up getting married on the same beach where the picture was taken.

The two people circled in the above picture are Aimee Maiden and Nick Wheeler. They were set to be married and were visiting Nick’s grandparents where they were looking through photo albums. They found this photo of Nick at a beach in Cornwall, England. When they took a closer look, Aimee noticed that it was her in the background. This picture was taken 11 years before they were set to marry! They ended up getting married on the same beach where the picture was taken.

2. Mark Twain is a very famous American author. He was born on November 30, 1835. This just so happens to be the first day that Halley’s Comet appeared that year. When Twain passed away in 1910, it was also the first day of Halley’s Comet for that year! He actually predicted this would happen in 1909 when he said, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.”
3. We all know that the Titantic was a very large cruise ship that was supposedly unsinkable. But then it hit a large iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sank. That was in 1912. The strange coincidence began in 1898 when Morgan Robertson wrote a book called Futility. In this book, he wrote about a ship similar to the Titanic, but it was called the Titan. This ship was also unsinkable, but in the book it struck an iceberg and sunk. In the book, this incident took place the very same month that the Titanic sunk.
4. When watching The Wizard Of Oz,  you may notice that Frank Morgan plays the taxi driver in Emerald City, the fortune-teller Professor Marvel, and of course the Wizard Of Oz himself. When they were debating on the costume for Professor Marvel, they decided they wanted him to look down on his luck. They found a very nice coat that was just a little bit tattered. During the filming, Morgan pulled out one of the pockets and noticed there was some wording written on the inside of that pocket. The name on the pocket was L. Frank Baum, who just so happens to be the author of The Wizard Of Oz! Thinking this was a joke, they contacted Baum’s widow and also his tailor, and they confirmed that this was in fact L. Frank Baum’s jacket. 
Cool tid bits about our relationships with Melwood before we came.
Cool tid bits about our relationships with Melwood before we came.
I had Darren Jr. in my cabin as a counselor at children’s camp for about 3 years......it took us some time to figure it out becuase of how much Darren has changed in the last few years.
My son had hurt his hip at a district function and my wife talked about a very nice woman who came to pray with her while they were trying to figure out what to do.....that was our very own Astril Harewood
Our family came up here to help Amber and Henry prep their house so they could move ....not knowing we would meet a few of you before we came here years later.
We know that in the Kingdom of God there is no coincidence that God works according to his good and perfect plan.
Explanation
Acts 8:26–27 ESV
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship
Acts 8:26-
-It was leaving at this particular time that Phillip was sure to meet up with the Eunuch. Mid day is not a normal time to start a journey such as the one the Angel of the Lord told Phillip to engage on......out of the ordinary.
-something that God was setting up because of how rare it was to have happen, but it was the fulfilling of God’s promise from Isaiah 56:3-5
-The fact that a gentile eunuch is a double whammy for a category of a person who would not be allowed in the temple for worship. But he went and worshipped in Jerusalem.
The fact that a gentile eunuch is a double whammy for a category of a person who would not be allowed in the temple for worship. But he went and worshipped in Jerusalem.
This is the beginning of a theme Luke is showing us that the Jews reject the Gospel and the gentiles accept It wholeheartedly.
-This is the beginning of a theme Luke is showing us that the Jews reject the Gospel and the gentiles accept It wholeheartedly.
Acts 8:28–30 ESV
and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
The fact that Peter ran up to this chariot was also something that we know God orchestrated because that was not usual for a person of this level of importance in the house of a Queen.
Do you understand what you are reading?
-There is a great gap between reading and understanding......the Jewish tradition understands this gap.
-The question comes to the eunuch as one not of challenge but as a way to See where his mind and heart is in the process of hearing from God.
It is one level of unusualness for an Ethiopian royal who happens to be a Eunuch to be interested in the worship of the temple in Jerusalem enough to make the journey to go and join them in worship.
It is a whole different level of God working that the section of scripture that he was reading was one that when he asked for clarification that it lead him directly to the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
-God put Phillip in that place at that time for this reason.
God put these 2 people at this intersection in their lives for His glory.
Acts 8:36–40 ESV
And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
Acts 8:
This is an interesting question that he posed to Phillip.....What prevents me from being baptized?
-In the tradition of his ancestors EVERYTHING WOULD HAVE PREVENTED HIM FROM BEING BAPTIZED!!!!!
-God is in the business of doing new things and in this story God intersected these 2 lives to continue the new work that he was doing in peoples lives. Because it was after this time of baptism that Phillip was snatched away
-The word in the Greek was raptured to God’s glory.
On both sides of the passage about the eunuch phillip is preaching to the masses. This is a story of God sending his messenger to a single person.
God is concerned about the masses as well as the individual soul and he will use his resources for the one soul in the same way that he would use them for the masses.
Acts 9:1–2 ESV
But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
Acts 9
Bottom Line: God intersects our lives and puts us at intersections in people’s lives for a time and a purpose
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