|Traditional site of where Paul and Silas stayed in prison|
But then, visions and dreams and women at a prayer meeting beside a swift flowing brook aren't the normal combination of events for church planting, either. 56 photos and commentary here
|Lydia may have sold her purple cloth in this market place|
However, given that Lydia was probably fairly aggressive in her speech and her sales approach in a city full of tough, battle-hardened retirees from the military, and the prospects for a peaceful, loving and joyful church might not have made it onto your number one spot for "10 Most Likely Cities for Beginning a Church".
|Remains of an Ancient building in Philippi|
That should have been enough to stop anyone from singing for joy at midnight. Can't you hear the cat-calls - "You guys in Cell 3! Please keep quiet. For heaven's sake, we're trying to sleep!" (Maybe mixed in with a few Greek swear words, too.)
Then came the earthquake and the Roman jailor and his whole house hold are saved, (1) in the sense of their relationship with the Almighty; and (2) in the sense that none of the prisoners got away, so "Daddy's not going to lose his head".
A very unusual beginning, and a very unusual continuation of the story - "Again - and again - I say rejoice." Paul certainly had a different approach to being joyful in the midst of difficult circumstances. "Oh, yes, just to remind you, keep rejoicing.
There's a good news story in the midst of a lot of hardship.