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LYDIA— A CHRISTIAN BUSINESS WOMAN

LYDIA— A CHRISTIAN BUSINESS WOMAN

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Emily Clough Peabody.

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LYDIA— A CHRISTIAN BUSINESS WOMAN
Emily Clough Peabody."If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord,come into my house, and abide there.""I thank my God upon all my remembrance of you,always in every supplication of mine on behalf of youall making my supplication with joy, for your fellowshipin furtherance of the gospel from the first day until now;being confident of this very thing, that he who began agood work in you will perfect it until the day of JesusChrist." 2The Bible StoryAnd they [Paul and his companions] went throughthe region of Phrygia and Galatia .... and passingby Mysia, they came down to Troas.PhSippi 81 S ^ n ^ a v ^ s ^ on appeared to Paul in thenight: There was a man of Macedoniastanding, beseeching him, and saying, Come over intoMacedonia, and help us. And when he [Paul] had seenthe vision, straightway we [Paul and his friends] soughtto go forth into Macedonia, concluding that God hadcalled us to preach the gospel unto them.Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a straightcourse to Samothrace, and the day following to Neapo-lis; and from thence to Philippi, which is a city of Mace-1 Acts 16:15. 2 Phil. 1:3-6.100
 
Lydia — A Christian Business Woman ioidonia, the first of the district, a Roman colony: and wewere in this city tarrying certain days (Acts 16:6-12).And on the sabbath day we went forth without thegate by a river side, where we supposed there was aplace of prayer; and we sat down, andof°Lydia 0n spake unto the women that were cometogether. And a certain woman namedLydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, onethat worshiped God, heard us: whose heart the Lordopened to give heed unto the things which were spokenby Paul. And when she was baptized, and her house-hold, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me tobe faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abidethere. And she constrained us (Acts 16:13-15).And it came to pass, as we were going to the place of prayer, that a certain maid having a spirit of divinationPaul Heals the met us > w ^° brought her masters muchSlave Girl and gain by soothsaying. The same follow-Is Imprisoned mg ^^ p^ [he] bemg SQretroubled, turned and said to the spirit, I charge thee inthe name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And itcame out that very hour.But when her masters saw that the hope of their gainwas gone, they laid hold on Paul and Silas, and draggedthem into the marketplace before the rulers, and whenthey had brought them unto the magistrates, they said,These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,and set forth customs which it is not lawful for us toreceive, or to observe, being Romans. And the multi-tude rose up together against them: and the magis-trates rent their garments off them, and commanded to
 
102 . Lives Worth Livingbeat them with rods. And when they had laid manystripes upon them, they cast them into prison (Acts16:16-23).But when it was day, the magistrates sent the ser-geants, saying, Let those men go But Paul saidunto them, They have beaten us pub-the^Cfcy*™ 8 ^ c ^» uncon( iemned, men that are Ro-mans, and have cast us into prison; ....let them come themselves and bring us out .... andwhen they [the magistrates] had brought them out, theyasked them to go away from the city. And they wentout of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia:and when they had seen the brethren, they comfortedthem, and departed (Acts 16:35-40).An Interpretation of the StoryThe apostle Paul was easily the foremost amongthe early missionaries of the Christian church.Not content to preach to a single con-Phmppf 18 f ° r gregation, he visited new lands andforeign cities, enduring many hard-ships and meeting great dangers. Obedient to hisheavenly vision (Acts 9:3-9), he lived andpreached and worked to enkindle in others hisgreat passion for his master, Jesus the Christ.Thus it was that he traveled much and in eachcity that he visited gathered together those whowould listen to him, instructing them and estab-lishing in them a faith which, like his own, wasstrong enough to endure ridicule and persecution.

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