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Lydia: A Story of Philippi


Lydia was only the first of many converts to the Christian faith in Philippi. The new religion attracted quite an assortment of individuals--slaves; masters; Jews; Gentiles; wealthy; and penniless. Yet the believers were supposed to be unified in Christ--equal--no matter their class; gender; or race. Easier said than done! Those in the volatile first-century Greco-Roman society sometimes got along better with the new believers than they did with each other. Driven by personality conflicts and misguided ambition; heated quarrels splintered the group into warring factions. Only God could salvage this wreckage. Trudy J. Morgan-Cole's skillful touch transforms the New Testament narrative of Lydia and the people of Philippi into a vibrant story of challenges and triumphs. You know; of course; the dual problem and solution to their irreconcilable situation: "Let this mind be in you; which was also in Christ Jesus . . ."