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10/20 Acts 26-28

Well, when we left Paul yesterday he was preparing to speak before King Agrippa.  Starting out in chapter 26 he does just that.  Sure is amazing that all of these people keep coming to Paul to listen to him preach.  After Paul is finished he adopts an attitude that would serve us all well.

28Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”

29Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

After the somewhat negative response he gets, Paul states that he will pray for the King and all those listening.  I think that is a great follow up for those that we talk to about Jesus.  Don’t badger them, just present the Gospel message through your life and let it go at that.  Then pray for them, maybe without ceasing.

Again without any resolution Paul is sent on to Rome just as the Lord commanded.  Do you feel like you are talking and no one seems to be listening.  I’m guessing that is how Paul is beginning to feel.

So Paul warned them, 10“Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.” 11But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship.

After they make it to the island of Crete, they get under way and no sooner do they get going when a storm comes up and for fourteen days they battle the storm to no avail.  Many are feeling like this is the end.

Pauls Shipwreck

22But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me 24and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.

Throughout the storm Paul’s faith remains steadfast.  He encourages and calms the people.  Paul gives thanks to God for the food.

34Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.” 35After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat.

Through it all Paul sets an example for each of us.  Remain calm when others are loosing their head.  Be the encourager when all seems lost.  And in all that you do regardless of the situation, give thanks to God.

October 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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