Beyond the Weekend

September 23 | Keep Moving

September 23, 2019


When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue.   As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures. Acts 17:1-2

Read: Acts 17:1-10

Listen: Acts 17


The 94-mile hike from Philippi to Thessalonica was long and painful for Paul and Silas. It wasn’t just the uneven road and rocky terrain. The day before leaving—they had been severely beaten, imprisoned in stocks and then asked to leave town. They’re wounded and heart-weary in spite of seeing two influential people and their entire households commit to Jesus.

Nevertheless, they keep moving in spite of the pain. They head to another influential city and right into the synagogue to proclaim the same message that got them into trouble in Philippi. Jesus has changed their lives, and they won’t give up on the Gospel!

When life gets painful, giving up is so much easier. It’s tempting to just “check out” on a challenging relationship, tough job, difficult spouse or disappointing ministry experience. Paul and Silas are the walking wounded. They model strength for the journey through a faith grounded in truth provable through God’s Word.


Are you discouraged about something and ready to give up? Pray for God to open your eyes and heart as you learn from Paul and Silas the essence of moving forward in spite of the pain. On page 15 of your Strength for the Journey journal, observe and circle significant words that stick out to you in Acts 17:1–9. If you need to talk with someone, please email us at

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