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PAUL SURVIVES A SHIPWRECK

November 11
Lesson 11
PAUL SURVIVES A SHIPWRECK

DEVOTIONAL READING: Romans 1:13–17
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Acts 27


ACTS 27:1, 2, 33–44

1 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus’ band.
2 And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

33 And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.
34 Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.
35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.



36 Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.
37 And we were in all in the ship…

Garment of Death

Garment of Death

Genesis 50:26

“So Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; and he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.”

Over the past few weeks, we’ve walked beside Joseph through the ups and downs of his life. Out of jealousy over Joseph’s favored relationship with their Dad, Joseph’s brothers ripped his robe off of him, soiled it with the blood of a goat and threw him into a pit. With his garment of favoritism, they deceived his father, telling him that Joseph was dead. But Joseph wasn’t dead. His brothers sold him as a slave to an Egyptian caravan.

In the beginning, Egypt wasn’t all that bad for Joseph. Sure, he missed his father and longed for home, but he had a good assignment-watching after Potiphar’s household. He’d done well for himself and became head over the entire household. Potiphar didn’t keep anything from him, except of course, his wife.

Potiphar’s wife had another idea. She found Joseph attractive and made a pass at him. “But Joseph refused. ‘Look…

Traditions and Miracles

November 11: Traditions and Miracles
Mark 9:2–37

In the face of perplexing situations, we naturally respond with what we know and understand—we even take refuge in familiar traditions. This is precisely how Jesus’ disciples respond when Jesus is transfigured before them.
After Jesus is transformed and Moses and Elijah appear, Peter says, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! And let us make three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” (Mark 9:5). Peter is drawing on the Festival of Tabernacles (or Booths), which celebrated God’s dwelling among His people (Lev 23:42–43). Peter isn’t certain how to respond, so he evokes a tradition. At least Peter understands that this confusing event shows God at work among His people.
But is Peter’s response the correct one? Mark gives us a hint in an aside: “For [Peter] did not know what he should answer, because they [Peter, James, and John] were terrified” (Mark 9:6). It’s not surprising that Peter has trouble understanding this …