English Service

Judas at Easter

5 April 2015 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
Matthew 26 : 36 – 50 & 27 : 1 – 5
Luke 24 : 30 – 49

Matthew
26:36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
26:37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
26:38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
26:39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
26:40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.
26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
26:43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.
26:44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
26:45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
26:46 Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
26:48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.”
26:49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
26:50 Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.

27:1 Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death.
27:2 They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.
27:3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders.
27:4 “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.”
27:5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

Luke
24:30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.
24:31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.
24:32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
24:33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together
24:34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”
24:35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
24:36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
24:37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
24:38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?
24:39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
24:41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
24:42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
24:43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
24:44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
24:46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,
24:47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
24:48 You are witnesses of these things.
24:49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

The Sorry State of Israel or Life without God!

29 March 2015 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
OT Genesis 34 : 1 – 31
NT 1st Corinthians 5 : 1 – 13

Genesis
34:1 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.
34:2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her.
34:3 His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her.
34:4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”
34:5 When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he kept quiet about it until they came home.
34:6 Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob.
34:7 Now Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were filled with grief and fury, because Shechem had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter–a thing that should not be done.
34:8 But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.
34:9 Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves.
34:10 You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade in it, and acquire property in it.”
34:11 Then Shechem said to Dinah’s father and brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask.
34:12 Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I’ll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the girl as my wife.”
34:13 Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor.
34:14 They said to them, “We can’t do such a thing; we can’t give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us.
34:15 We will give our consent to you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males.
34:16 Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We’ll settle among you and become one people with you.
34:17 But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we’ll take our sister and go.”
34:18 Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem.
34:19 The young man, who was the most honored of all his father’s household, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter.
34:20 So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to their fellow townsmen.
34:21 “These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land and trade in it; the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours.
34:22 But the men will consent to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are.
34:23 Won’t their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us give our consent to them, and they will settle among us.”
34:24 All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised.
34:25 Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male.
34:26 They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left.
34:27 The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the city where their sister had been defiled.
34:28 They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields.
34:29 They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses.
34:30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me a stench to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”
34:31 But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”

1st Corinthians
5:1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife.
5:2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?
5:3 Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present.
5:4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,
5:5 hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
5:6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?
5:7 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast–as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
5:8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.
5:9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people–
5:10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.
5:11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
5:12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?
5:13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”

A Pattern for Reconciliation

22 March 2015 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
OT Genesis 33 : 1 – 20
NT Matthew 5 : 21 – 26

Genesis
33:1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two maidservants.
33:2 He put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.
33:3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
33:4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.
33:5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”
33:6 Then the maidservants and their children approached and bowed down.
33:7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.
33:8 Esau asked, “What do you mean by all these droves I met?” “To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.
33:9 But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”
33:10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.
33:11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.
33:12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”
33:13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.
33:14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the droves before me and that of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”
33:15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.” “But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”
33:16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.
33:17 Jacob, however, went to Succoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Succoth.
33:18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city.
33:19 For a hundred pieces of silver, he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent.
33:20 There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.

Matthew
5:21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’
5:22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
5:23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
5:24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
5:25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.
5:26 I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

Are You Struggling with God?

15 March 2015 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
OT Genesis 32 : 22 – 32
NT Ephesians 6 : 10 – 18

Genesis
32:22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.
32:23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions.
32:24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.
32:25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.
32:26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
32:27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered.
32:28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”
32:29 Jacob said, “Please tell me your name.” But he replied, “Why do you ask my name?” Then he blessed him there.
32:30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”
32:31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.
32:32 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon.

Ephesians
6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
6:14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
6:15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
6:16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Trusting Yourself or God?

8 March 2015 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
OT Genesis 32 : 1 – 22
NT Romans 3 : 21 – 4 : 8

Genesis
32:1 Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
32:2 When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.
32:3 Jacob sent messengers ahead of him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
32:4 He instructed them: “This is what you are to say to my master Esau: ‘Your servant Jacob says, I have been staying with Laban and have remained there till now.
32:5 I have cattle and donkeys, sheep and goats, menservants and maidservants. Now I am sending this message to my lord, that I may find favor in your eyes.'”
32:6 When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”
32:7 In great fear and distress Jacob divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well.
32:8 He thought, “If Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape.”
32:9 Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’
32:10 I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant. I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups.
32:11 Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.
32:12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.'”
32:13 He spent the night there, and from what he had with him he selected a gift for his brother Esau:
32:14 two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,
32:15 thirty female camels with their young, forty cows and ten bulls, and twenty female donkeys and ten male donkeys.
32:16 He put them in the care of his servants, each herd by itself, and said to his servants, “Go ahead of me, and keep some space between the herds.”
32:17 He instructed the one in the lead: “When my brother Esau meets you and asks, ‘To whom do you belong, and where are you going, and who owns all these animals in front of you?’
32:18 then you are to say, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.'”
32:19 He also instructed the second, the third and all the others who followed the herds: “You are to say the same thing to Esau when you meet him.
32:20 And be sure to say, ‘Your servant Jacob is coming behind us.'” For he thought, “I will pacify him with these gifts I am sending on ahead; later, when I see him, perhaps he will receive me.”
32:21 So Jacob’s gifts went on ahead of him, but he himself spent the night in the camp.
32:22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.

Romans
3:21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
3:24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
3:25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–
3:26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
3:27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.
3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
3:29 Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
3:30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
3:31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?
4:2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about–but not before God.
4:3 What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
4:4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.
4:5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.
4:6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
4:7 “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
4:8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”

God’s Providential Protection

1 March 2015 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
OT Genesis 31 : 9 – 55
NT Acts 16 : 16 – 34

Genesis
31:9 So God has taken away your father’s livestock and has given them to me.
31:10 “In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted.
31:11 The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’
31:12 And he said, ‘Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.
31:13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.'”
31:14 Then Rachel and Leah replied, “Do we still have any share in the inheritance of our father’s estate?
31:15 Does he not regard us as foreigners? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us.
31:16 Surely all the wealth that God took away from our father belongs to us and our children. So do whatever God has told you.”
31:17 Then Jacob put his children and his wives on camels,
31:18 and he drove all his livestock ahead of him, along with all the goods he had accumulated in Paddan Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan.
31:19 When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods.
31:20 Moreover, Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him he was running away.
31:21 So he fled with all he had, and crossing the River, he headed for the hill country of Gilead.
31:22 On the third day Laban was told that Jacob had fled.
31:23 Taking his relatives with him, he pursued Jacob for seven days and caught up with him in the hill country of Gilead.
31:24 Then God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and said to him, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.”
31:25 Jacob had pitched his tent in the hill country of Gilead when Laban overtook him, and Laban and his relatives camped there too.
31:26 Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done? You’ve deceived me, and you’ve carried off my daughters like captives in war.
31:27 Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines and harps?
31:28 You didn’t even let me kiss my grandchildren and my daughters good-by. You have done a foolish thing.
31:29 I have the power to harm you; but last night the God of your father said to me, ‘Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad.’
31:30 Now you have gone off because you longed to return to your father’s house. But why did you steal my gods?”
31:31 Jacob answered Laban, “I was afraid, because I thought you would take your daughters away from me by force.
31:32 But if you find anyone who has your gods, he shall not live. In the presence of our relatives, see for yourself whether there is anything of yours here with me; and if so, take it.” Now Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the gods.
31:33 So Laban went into Jacob’s tent and into Leah’s tent and into the tent of the two maidservants, but he found nothing. After he came out of Leah’s tent, he entered Rachel’s tent.
31:34 Now Rachel had taken the household gods and put them inside her camel’s saddle and was sitting on them. Laban searched through everything in the tent but found nothing.
31:35 Rachel said to her father, “Don’t be angry, my lord, that I cannot stand up in your presence; I’m having my period.” So he searched but could not find the household gods.
31:36 Jacob was angry and took Laban to task. “What is my crime?” he asked Laban. “What sin have I committed that you hunt me down?
31:37 Now that you have searched through all my goods, what have you found that belongs to your household? Put it here in front of your relatives and mine, and let them judge between the two of us.
31:38 “I have been with you for twenty years now. Your sheep and goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten rams from your flocks.
31:39 I did not bring you animals torn by wild beasts; I bore the loss myself. And you demanded payment from me for whatever was stolen by day or night.
31:40 This was my situation: The heat consumed me in the daytime and the cold at night, and sleep fled from my eyes.
31:41 It was like this for the twenty years I was in your household. I worked for you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flocks, and you changed my wages ten times.
31:42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.”
31:43 Laban answered Jacob, “The women are my daughters, the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks. All you see is mine. Yet what can I do today about these daughters of mine, or about the children they have borne?
31:44 Come now, let’s make a covenant, you and I, and let it serve as a witness between us.”
31:45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar.
31:46 He said to his relatives, “Gather some stones.” So they took stones and piled them in a heap, and they ate there by the heap.
31:47 Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed.
31:48 Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me today.” That is why it was called Galeed.
31:49 It was also called Mizpah, because he said, “May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other.
31:50 If you mistreat my daughters or if you take any wives besides my daughters, even though no one is with us, remember that God is a witness between you and me.”
31:51 Laban also said to Jacob, “Here is this heap, and here is this pillar I have set up between you and me.
31:52 This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me.
31:53 May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.” So Jacob took an oath in the name of the Fear of his father Isaac.
31:54 He offered a sacrifice there in the hill country and invited his relatives to a meal. After they had eaten, they spent the night there.
31:55 Early the next morning Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and blessed them. Then he left and returned home.

Acts
16:16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.
16:17 This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”
16:18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.
16:19 When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.
16:20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar
16:21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
16:22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten.
16:23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.
16:24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
16:26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.
16:27 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.
16:28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
16:29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.
16:30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
16:31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”
16:32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house.
16:33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized.
16:34 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 family.

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