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Sermon Audio: August 1, 2010
Billy Meinsen,
Minister
(NIV)
Psalm119:90
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Yet you are near, O
LORD, and all your
commands are true.
My comfort in my
suffering is this:
Your promise
preserves my life.
Turn my eyes away
from worthless things;
preserve my life acc-
ording to your word.
Your faithfulness con-
tinues through all gener-
ations; you established
the earth, and it endures.
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Once safely on
shore, we found out
that the island was
called Malta.

The islanders
showed us unusual
kindness. They built
a fire and welcomed
us all because it
was raining and cold.

Paul gathered a pile
of brushwood and,
as he put it on the
fire, a viper, driven
out by the heat,
fastened itself on his
hand.

When the islanders
saw the snake
hanging from his
hand, they said to
each other, This man
must be a murderer;
for though he
escaped from the
sea, Justice has not
allowed him to live.

But Paul shook the
snake off into the fire
and suffered no ill
effects.

The people expected
him to swell up or
suddenly fall dead,
but after waiting a
long time and seeing
nothing unusual
happen to him, they
changed their minds
and said he was a
god.

There was an estate
near by that
belonged to Publius,
the chief official of
the island. He
welcomed us to his
home and for three
days entertained us
hospitably.

His father was sick
in bed, suffering
from fever and
dysentery. Paul went
in to see him and,
after prayer, placed
his hands on him
and healed him.

When this had
happened, the rest of
the sick on the
island came and
were cured.

They honoured us in
many ways and
when we were ready
to sail, they
furnished us with the
supplies we needed.
Psalm 119:18
Open my eyes
that I may see
wonderful things
in your law.
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They devoted
themselves to the
apostles' teaching
and to the
fellowship, to the
breaking of bread
and to prayer.

Everyone was filled
with awe, and many
wonders and
miraculous signs
were done by the
apostles.

All the believers
were together and
had everything in
common.

Selling their
possessions and
goods, they gave to
anyone as he had
need.

Every day they
continued to meet
together in the
temple courts. They
broke bread in their
homes and ate
together with glad
and sincere hearts,

praising God and
enjoying the favour
of all the people. And
the Lord added to
their number daily
those who were
being saved.pen my
eyes that I may see
wonderful things in
your law.
One day Peter and
John were going up
to the temple at the
time of prayer— at
three in the
afternoon.

Now a man crippled
from birth was being
carried to the temple
gate called Beautiful,
where he was put
every day to beg
from those going into
the temple courts.


When he saw Peter
and John about to
enter, he asked them
for money.

Peter looked straight
at him, as did John.
Then Peter said,
Look at us!

So the man gave
them his attention,
expecting to get
something from them.

Then Peter said,
Silver or gold I do
not have, but what I
have I give you. In
the name of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth,
walk.

Taking him by the
right hand, he helped
him up, and instantly
the man's feet and
ankles became
strong.

He jumped to his
feet and began to
walk. Then he went
with them into the
temple courts,
walking and
jumping, and
praising God.

When all the people
saw him walking
and praising God,

they recognised him
as the same man
who used to sit
begging at the
temple gate called
Beautiful, and they
were filled with
wonder and
amazement at what
had happened to him.
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It was about this
time that King Herod
arrested some who
be- longed to the
church, intending to
persecute them.

He had James, the
brother of John, put
to death with the
sword.

When he saw that
this pleased the
Jews, he pro-
ceeded to seize
Peter also. This
happened during the
Feast of Unleavened
Bread.

After arresting him,
he put him in prison,
handing him over to
be guarded by four
squads of four
soldiers each. Herod
intended to bring him
out for public trial
after the Passover.

So Peter was kept in
prison, but the
church was
earnestly praying to
God for him.

The night before
Herod was to bring
him to trial, Peter
was sleep- ing
between two
soldiers, bound with
two chains, and
sentries stood guard
at the entrance.

Suddenly an angel of
the Lord appeared
and a light shone in
the cell. He struck
Peter on the side
and woke him up.
Quick, get up! he
said, and the chains
fell off Peter's wrists.

Then the angel said
to him, Put on your
clothes and sandals.
And Peter did so.
Wrap your cloak
around you and
follow me, the angel
told him.

Peter followed him
out of the prison, but
he had no idea that
what the angel was
doing was really
happening; he
thought he was
seeing a vision.

They passed the first
and second guards
and came to the iron
gate leading to the
city. It opened for
them by itself, and
they went through it.
When they had
walked the length of
one street, suddenly
the angel left him.

Then Peter came to
himself and said,
Now I know without
a doubt that the Lord
sent his angel and
rescued me from
Herod's clutches and
from everything the
Jewish people were
anticipating.

When this had
dawned on him, he
went to the house of
Mary the mother of
John, also called
Mark, where many
people had gathered
and were praying.

Peter knocked at the
outer entrance, and
a servant girl named
Rhoda came to
answer the door.

When she
recognised Peter's
voice, she was so
overjoyed she ran
back without
opening it and
exclaimed, Peter is
at the door!

You're out of your
mind, they told her.
When she kept
insisting that it was
so, they said, It must
be his angel.

But Peter kept on
knocking, and when
they opened the door
and saw him, they
were astonished.


Peter motioned with
his hand for them to
be quiet and
described how the
Lord had brought
him out of prison.
Tell James and the
brothers about this,
he said, and then he
left for another place.

In the morning, there
was no small
commotion among
the soldiers as to
what had become of
Peter.

After Herod had a
thorough search
made for him and did
not find him, he
cross-examined the
guards and ordered
that they be
executed.

On the fourteenth
night we were still
being driven across
the Adriatic Sea,
when about midnight
the sailors sensed
they were approach-
ing land.

They took soundings
and found that the
water was one
hundred and twenty
feet deep. A short
time later they took
soundings again and
found it was ninety
feet deep.

Fearing that we
would be dashed
against the rocks,
they dropped four
anchors from the
stern and prayed for
daylight.

In an attempt to
escape from the
ship, the sailors let
the lifeboat down
into the sea,
pretending they were
going to lower some
anchors from the
bow.

Then Paul said to the
centurion and the
soldiers, Unless
these men stay with
the ship, you cannot
be saved.

So the soldiers cut
the ropes that held
the lifeboat and let it
fall away.

Just before dawn
Paul urged them all
to eat. For the last
fourteen days, he
said, you have been
in constant sus-
pense and have
gone without food—
you haven't eaten
anything.

Now I urge you to
take some food. You
need it to survive.
Not one of you will
lose a single hair
from his head.

After 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.

They were all
encouraged and ate
some food
themselves.

Altogether there
were 276 of us on
board.

When they had eaten
as much as they
wanted, they
lightened the ship by
throwing the grain
into the sea.

When daylight came,
they did not
recognise the land,
but they saw a bay
with a sandy beach,
where they decided
to run the ship
aground if they could.

Cutting loose the
anchors, they left
them in the sea and
at the same time
untied the ropes that
held the rudders.
Then they hoisted the
foresail to the wind
and made for the
beach.

But the ship struck a
sand-bar and ran
aground. The bow
stuck fast and would
not move, and the
stern was broken to
pieces by the
pounding of the surf.

The soldiers planned
to kill the prisoners
to prevent any of
them from swimming
away and escaping.

But the centurion
wanted to spare
Paul's life and kept
them from carrying
out their plan. He
ordered those who
could swim to jump
overboard first and
get to land.

The rest were to get
there on planks or
on pieces of the
ship. In this way
everyone reached
land in safety.
After the men had
gone a long time
without food, Paul
stood up before them
and said: Men, you
should have taken
my advice not to sail
from Crete; then you
would have spared
yourselves this
damage and loss.

But now I urge you to
keep up your
courage, because
not one of you will
be lost; only the ship
will be destroyed.

Last night an angel
of the God whose I
am and whom I
serve stood beside
me

and 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.'

So keep up your
courage, men, for I
have faith in God
that it will happen
just as he told me.

Nevertheless, we
must run aground on
some island.y
comfort in my
suffering is this:
Your promise
preserves my life.
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Peter Heals the
Crippled Beggar
Ashore on Malta
The Storm
Peter's Miraculous
Escape From Prison
 
The Fellowship of
the Believers
Peter and John
Before the
Sanhedrine
Acts
4:12
Salvation is found in
no-one else, for
there is no other
name under heaven
given to men by
which we must be
saved.
You can believe it: God's unerring truth
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