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July 21, 2018

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

Acts 28 (ESV)

After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god......Continue Reading

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  1. 26 “‘Go to this people, and say,
    “You will indeed hear but never understand,
    and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
    27 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
    and with their ears they can barely hear,
    and their eyes they have closed;
    lest they should see with their eyes
    and hear with their ears
    and understand with their heart
    and turn, and I would heal them.’
    28Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.”

  2. And God is faithful to save Paul and those with Him. And although circumstances are a tool in God’s economy to discern His leading, we are not dependent on them and therefore don’t have to rely on superstition. Paul is bit by a viper, which seems like a bad sign, but if it is something that God does not choose to save Paul from but rather will save Paul in it, then it is really an opportunity for God to show His power than bad luck or a bad break. God’s will, power and wisdom trumps circumstances eery time!

    And now Acts ends with little fanfare and very open ended. Paul is just doing what he has always done: defending the faith to the Jews, being available to those who come to him, and proclaiming the truth to the gentiles. And it is the growth of the Christian church and the expansion of the gospel that is the rest of the story….

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