Stop!

What comes to mind when you hear “California Roll”? Does your stomach (like mine) scream for sushi? Well, it’s not that kind of California Roll. This is what I do at a stop sign – rolling through and not making a complete stop. Shame on me!  Instantly we become law breakers and can be cited for this. Yikes!

Do you remember Paul and Silas casting out a demon from a young girl?  Were they given a pat on the back for their good deed? Far from it…they were hand cuffed and dragged to the authorities with this accusation:

“These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.”

It gets better. They were severely beaten (flogged) and thrown into jail.

It gets even better and more exciting. While Paul and Silas were praying and singing songs to God, there was a violent earthquake that open the prison doors and loosed the prisoner’s chains. Was God setting them free? Or was Paul and Silas already free!

Here’s the climax of this account:

The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.

But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved —you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. (Acts 16:27-34)

Closing Comments: I’ve been keeping the Seau Family and Friends in my thoughts and prayers. Who hasn’t thought about turning back the hands of time to stop this from happening. While I think there is more to this story, it has got me thinking about who else is at risk. Please God give us a sensitivity to others that we can stop them in their tracks.

  • Something Like Silas – Spirit Waltz

Your cup of grace
is deeper than, is deeper than
the ocean
yeahhh

Your strong embrace
is wider than, is wider than
the sky
yeahhh

Jesus, my heart cannot break enough
for Your love
A well that runs deep within my soul
ohh, ohhh
ohh, ohh, ohhh

Your perfect Words
go further than, go further than
tomorrow
yeahhh

And when my world shakes
You pull me through, You pull me through
the storm
yeahhh

Jesus, my heart cannot break enough
for Your love
A well that runs deep within my soul
ohh, ohhh
ohh, ohh, ohhh

Jesus, my heart cannot break enough
for Your love
A well that runs deep within my soul
ohh, ohhh
ohh, ohh, ohhh
ohh, ohh, ohhh
ohh, ohh, ohhh

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  • Something Like Silas – I Stand in Awe of You

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  • Something Like Silas – Good To Me

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