Word for the Week...AUGUST 1-7/2005

(v.23)And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:(v.24) Who,having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.(v.25)And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.(v.26) And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened , and everyone's hands were loosed.(v.27) And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doorsd open, he drew out his sword and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.(v.28) But Paul cried with a loud voice saying, do thyself no harm:for we are all here.(v.29) Then he called for a light, and sprang in and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, (v.30) And brought them out, and said, sirs, what must I do to be saved?(v.31)And they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.(v.32) And they spake unto him the word of The Lord, and to all that were in his house.(v.33) And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes;and was baptised, he and all his straightway.(v.34) And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house."

What 'foundations' are our lives built upon? The Bible clearly tells us that..."no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid, that is Jesus Christ."(1Cor.3:11:C.S.B.).You see,all other 'isms', theories, hypotheses, ideologies, faiths, religions, propositions,contentions,arguments and viewpoints, will ultimately fail the acid test of time and trial in the crucible of life's storms! The jailor 'had it all together', or so he thought!...until the test 'kicked in' ! when 'things' go to pieces, many people do as well!it is easy to fear the worst,but God has the best available, for those who will take Him at His Word in faith and trust.Salvation may not always take you out of your circumstances, but it will always take you through them!The results of the jailors conversion were obvious...he showed compassion on those who were suffering and attended to their needs.This was the fruit of repentance.There was no long and protracted course of 'lessons' in preparation for baptism either!"What God Has joined together, let not man put asunder!".May The Lord Bless you. 


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