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PAUL EVANGELIZES IN ROME

 November 25
Lesson 13
PAUL EVANGELIZES IN ROME

DEVOTIONAL READING: Deuteronomy 4:32–40
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: Acts 28:11–31


ACTS 28:16, 17, 23–31

16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.

23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
25 And when they agreed not among themselves, th…

From Fear to Hope

From Fear to Hope

Hebrews 6:18–19

“So that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. [19] We have this [hope]—like a sure and firm anchor of the soul—that enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” (HCSB)

A recent study indicates that those who are not “hopeful about the future” are more likely to die than those who have hope for the future. Over a four-year span, from 1992 to 1996, researches asked 795 people aged 64 to 79 whether they were ‘hopeful about the future.’

Around 9% responded, “no.” Five years after the survey, the researches found that 11% of the hopeful died, contrasted with 29% of those who were not “hopeful about the future” died.

(http://www.freshsermonillustrations.net)

Where does this hope come from? How can one person be drowning in despair while another is floating on hope? Will religious fervor do it? What about keeping religious rules…
November 25: You Have to Mean It
Proverbs 8:1–8

Wisdom really isn’t all that difficult to find. We think of this attribute as hidden or fleeting, but the book of Proverbs portrays Wisdom calling out to us: “Does not wisdom call, and understanding raise its voice? Atop the heights beside the road, at the crossroads she stands. Beside gates, before towns, at the entrance of doors” (Prov 8:1–3). When we seek Wisdom, she shows up. She’s everywhere. She’s waiting—not to be found, but to be embraced.
The intelligence of Wisdom, the prudence she teaches, is at our fingertips. In Proverbs 8:3–5, Wisdom cries out, “To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to the children of humankind. Learn prudence, O simple ones; fools, learn intelligence.” Maybe the real problem is that few of us are wise enough to be what Wisdom requires us to be. The folly of humankind may not be in a lack of seeking, but a lack of doing. If we really want something, we work for it. Wisdom requires sacrificing what we want …

Paul Evangelizes in Rome

November 25
Lesson 13
Paul Evangelizes in Rome
Devotional Reading: Deuteronomy 4:32–40
Background Scripture: Acts 28:11–31 Acts 28:16, 17, 23–31

16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans
. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening
. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not
. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves…

Why Do I Give?

Why Do I Give?
Malachi 3:10
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
Lately, I’ve been humming the lyrics to the "Three Dog Night song" that goes, "prices are rising, and the Devil’s to blame." Well, I’m not so sure the Devil’s to blame, but it sure seems to cost a lot to live these days. Two month’s rent today would pay an entire year’s rent in our first apartment we rented as newlyweds.
A couple of weeks ago I was listening as my Dad talked about what it is like to live on a fixed income, now that he is retired. "Fixed income," I said, "I’d love for my income to be fixed, lately I’ve been thinking it was broken."
Personally, we’ve never made more money than we are making now. The Church pays me very well, I make a goo…

You Have to Mean It

November 25: You Have to Mean It
Proverbs 8:1–8
Wisdom really isn’t all that difficult to find. We think of this attribute as hidden or fleeting, but the book of Proverbs portrays Wisdom calling out to us: "Does not wisdom call, and understanding raise its voice? Atop the heights beside the road, at the crossroads she stands. Beside gates, before towns, at the entrance of doors" (Prov 8:1–3). When we seek Wisdom, she shows up. She’s everywhere. She’s waiting—not to be found, but to be embraced.
The intelligence of Wisdom, the prudence she teaches, is at our fingertips. In Proverbs 8:3–5, Wisdom cries out, "To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to the children of humankind. Learn prudence, O simple ones; fools, learn intelligence." Maybe the real problem is that few of us are wise enough to be what Wisdom requires us to be. The folly of humankind may not be in a lack of seeking, but a lack of doing. If we really want something, we work for it. Wisdom requires sacri…