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July 20, 2018

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Reading along with us in Acts? Here’s today’s reading:

Acts 27 (ESV)

And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius. And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica. The next day we put in at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him leave to go to his friends and be cared for. And putting out to sea from there we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. And when we had sailed across the open sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia. There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy and put us on board. We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to go farther, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.....Continue Reading

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  1. It is amazing to me that with faith in God we can become the one relied on in any circumstance. At first, they don’t listen to Paul because who is this guy and who is his God, we are the experts here so we will do what we think and sail away. But then the storm comes, like many of the storms of life, and overwhelms the experts and it is now Paul, the believer in the God who controls everything that is being listened to. It is interesting that Paul gives the I told you so message, you should have listened to me. It is a reminder to us that God can speak into any facet of life, even sailing advice here, as long as we are sensitive to His voice and following His will. It is also interesting that an angel gives Paul a message. And that message is one of hope that is welcomed in a tragic situation.that has little hope. But once God gives the direction, when He reveals the place of His protection, we can’t leave it. That is what is significant of Paul’s advice for them to stay on the ship. But do you see how circumstance and the revelation of God makes Paul the one relied on? And that is how our lives can be as we are seeking God and His direction for us. When He speaks into our lives and others are connected to us, then they are benefited by the wisdom God provides us.

    And it is good that Paul’s life and faith have brought regard from the centurion. He wants to save Paul and so all the prisoners are benefited by that. They are blessed by association!

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