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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3

SCRIPTURE: Acts 29

THERE IS NO ACTS 29!  Actually there is an evangelical church planting organization called Acts 29 but THERE IS NO ACTS 29 IN THE BIBLE!

But I thought it might be important to finish Paul’s story from the end of Acts 28 to his death. 

During his two years in Rome, Paul wrote Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon.  During this time, Paul was not alone.  He had Timothy, Dr. Luke, John Mark, Aristarchus, Epaphrus, Justus, and Demas with him.  He also met Philemon’s runaway slave, Onesimus, during this time.

The Book of Acts does not give us the results of Paul’s appeal to Caesar but we have every reason to believe that he was released and resumed his ministry.  Romans 15:24, 28 help us know that Paul may have traveled to Spain after his release. 
It was during this time, that he wrote letters to Timothy and Titus.  We know that he continued his travels to places like Crete, Miletus, Ephesus, and Nicopolis. 

We also know that he was arrested again around the year 67 AD.  This time his situation was much worse.  He was thrown into a prison and treated like a criminal.  It was during this time that he asked Timothy to bring him his cloak and his parchments. (2 Timothy 4:13). 

It was also during this time that many forsook Paul including believers in Rome (2 Timothy 4:16-17), and Demas (2 Timothy 4:10-11).

Tradition tells us that Paul was beheaded somewhere around 67-68 AD.

So, you see there is sort of an Acts 29.  And if I am right about there being sort of aN Acts 29, that means we are still living out that chapter.  The question we have to ask ourselves in light of that possibility is: are we living for the Gospel or have we forsaken the mission the Lord has given us all.

Acts 28

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2

SCRIPTURE: Acts 28

The story of the shipwreck at the end of chapter 27 continues into chapter 28.  We find that, just as Paul said, all 276 people on board the ship survived the shipwreck.  We also find some very pleasant natives on the island that helped the shipwrecked folks.

There is something at this point of the story that I want to bring to your attention.  It is a minor little detail but it is an important thing.  The natives on the island built a fire for those who had just washed up on shore.  In verse 3, we find Paul gathering wood for the fire.  Here’s the point.  Christian leaders lead through service to others.  Paul was not too good to do even the most menial of tasks like gathering firewood.  As we lead, we should never be so proud or arrogant that we are not willing to do the menial tasks as well.

When Paul put his firewood on the fire, a snake crawled out and bit him on the hand.  The natives immediately assumed that Paul must have done something bad.  Since he hadn’t drowned in the shipwreck, the gods were still going to kill him.

Much to the surprise of all, the snake bite had no physical affect on Paul.  But it did change the opinion of those around him.  How we act in times of adversity (like being snake bit) is a great testimony to an unbelieving world.

When Paul finally arrived in Rome, he called for the Jewish leaders to come to him.  Their response was they had received no official warning from Jewish leaders in Judea but they did know that this “sect” of Christianity did not have a good reputation among Jewish leaders. 

Paul had an opportunity to share the Gospel with those leaders.  Some of them believed.  Some doubted.  That by the way is true of any group to which the Gospel is preached.  But Paul was not deterred.  He actually quoted the prophet Isaiah about people hearing but not listening and seeing but not understanding.  And at that point Paul directed his missionary passion towards the Gentiles in Rome.

As the book of Acts comes to a close, we find where Paul was in Rome for two years.  He was under house arrest which meant he had some freedom.  But he was still chained to a Roman soldier for 24 hours each day.  And, true to form, Paul continued to preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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