Paul and his shipmates had become marooned on the island of Malta. Paul faced a real trial when bitten by the poisonous snake, but God in his mercy spared his life.
There are several lessons for us within this text. I want to point out the different snakes Paul had to shake off on the island of Malta.
You’ve heard it said, “Tough times do not last, but tough people do.” I’m not so sure about the last part of that, but I’m certain about the first. Storms do pass!
You remember that last week, we looked at always setting your anchor in Christ, and certainly when you face the storms of life.
Today, I’d want to look again at chapter 27 to see how we can “outlast” the storm.
I’ve often heard that “God never promised us a rose garden”, referring to difficult times in a Christian’s life. I believe our text today in Acts 27 illustrates that well. What I’d like to focus on this morning is the anchors that kept Paul steady during the storm and how that can help us as we face storms in our lives.
In the text in Acts 26:24-30 we'll look at the attitude of a man’s response to the Gospel and the idea of ‘almost’ being saved, where King Agrippa says to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” I want to look at the attitude of Agrippa and see thatAlmostisnot saved at all.
Did you know that words possess great power? Wars have been waged and peace has been brokered, all through the power of words. Hopes have been bolstered and dreams have been shattered by the power of a few words. Families have begun and ended all because of the power of a few words. Words inspired the collapse of the Communist system in the former Soviet Union.
Whether we see it or not, words hold a tremendous power over our daily lives. The Bible is full of statements regarding words and their power.