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Friday, October 31, 2008

Can we be saved by the faith of others? pt.2

Now that we have had a day to reflect on Acts 27 and the role that Paul played before and during the shipwreck, I hope that you have come to the following conclusions.

1) Paul was a great man of faith but, the fact is that God was doing something in the midst of the storm, and shipwreck. God plan and will was bigger than Paul. Paul allowed himself and was open to being used by God. Proving that Paul faith and wiliness to be used saved the prisoners and crew.

2) We must remember that the Romans and the other prisoners were not Christian believers or even Jews to our knowledge. But Julius spoke up against the killing of the prisoners and Paul. Proving that sometimes others can be used to save us and many.

3) Finally this text leaves us wrestling with the question of what happened after everyone got to land. Did the Romans and prisoners convert to Christianity because of there near death experience? Did they just assume Paul was lucky in knowing that they would all be saved? These questions are crucial because they challenge us to determine how we will handle and look at the situations in our life.

Have you ever had close calls in your life? When all works out for the better or worse, do you attribute it to God, luck, or coincidence? This is just food for thought, but how we handle our situations speaks volumes to our faith and says much about our life.

On another note the end of October is here and I could not let the month slip by without reminding all of us that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is a disease that effects millions of women world wide. As Christians and good people we must pray for, and be supportive of all are struggling with Breast Cancer as well as all who have died and been cured of Breast Cancer. This is a serious issue that needs compassion and love for all persons, families, and doctors involved. To all engaged in the fight against Breast Cancer, I pray that you keep up the goo fight. May God continue to bless and keep you.

Therefore I leave you to reflect on Hebrews 11: 1-3 and say KEEP the Faith, God is always at work.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

Until Tuesday, Be Well!
Pastor J

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