Worship: For Heaven’s Sake Paul had been assured that he would appear before Caesar. He believed GOD and not even a near-death experience could shake his faith that all would be well. (Read more below.)
Wellness: For Health’s Sake Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, read from the chapter “Mind Cure” in the book Ministry of Healing, by Ellen G. White. A portion is posted here. (Read more below.)
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TOPICS THIS WEEK – September 17 – 23
Worship Sunday – Apostasy in Galatia; Monday – Paul’s Last Journey to Jerusalem – Tuesday – Paul a Prisoner; Wednesday – The Trial at Caesarea; Thursday – Paul Appeals to Caesar; Friday – “Almost Thou Persuadest Me”; Saturday, the Sabbath – The Voyage and Shipwreck [All topics per The Acts of the Apostles by Ellen G. White.]
Wellness Sunday – How to Cure an Upset Stomach; Monday – Benefits of Modern Medicine; Tuesday – Worms Use the Bathroom, Also; Wednesday – Contraindications of Doing a Fever Bath; Thursday – God’s Definition of Disease; Friday – Common Throat Issues and How to Heal Them Naturally; Saturday, the Sabbath – Mind Cure
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Words of Encouragement
Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
For Heaven’s Sake…
“It was on the fourteenth night of tossing on the black, heaving billows, that ‘about midnight’ the sailors, hearing the sound of breakers, ‘deemed that they drew near to some country; and sounded, and found it twenty fathoms: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen fathoms. Then fearing,’ Luke writes, ‘lest we should have fallen upon rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.’ AA 443.3
“At break of day the outlines of the stormy coast were dimly visible, but no familiar landmarks could be seen. So gloomy was the outlook that the heathen sailors, losing all courage, ‘were about to flee out of the ship,’ and feigning to make preparations for casting ‘anchors out of the foreship,’ they had already let down the lifeboat, when Paul, perceiving their base design, said to the centurion and the soldiers, ‘Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.’ The soldiers immediately ‘cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off’ into the sea. AA 443.4
The most critical hour was still before them. Again the apostle spoke words of encouragement, and entreated all, both sailors and passengers, to take some food, saying, ‘This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not a hair fall from the head of any of you.’ AA 444.1
“‘When he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.’ Then that worn and discouraged company of two hundred and seventy-five souls, who but for Paul would have become desperate, joined with the apostle in partaking of food. ‘And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea.’ AA 444.2
“Daylight had now fully come, but they could see nothing by which to determine their whereabouts. However, ‘they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship. And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoisted up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the fore part stuck fast, and remained unmovable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.’ AA 444.3
“Paul and the other prisoners were now threatened by a fate more terrible than shipwreck. The soldiers saw that while endeavoring to reach land it would be impossible for them to keep their prisoners in charge. Every man would have all he could do to save himself. Yet if any of the prisoners were missing, the lives of those who were responsible for them would be forfeited. Hence the soldiers desired to put all the prisoners to death. The Roman law sanctioned this cruel policy, and the plan would have been executed at once, but for him to whom all alike were under deep obligation. Julius the centurion knew that Paul had been instrumental in saving the lives of all on board, and, moreover, convinced that the Lord was with him, he feared to do him harm. He therefore ‘commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: and the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.’ When the roll was called, not one was missing. AA 445.1
“The shipwrecked crew were kindly received by the barbarous people of Melita. ‘They kindled a fire,’ Luke writes, ‘and received us everyone, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.’ Paul was among those who were active in ministering to the comfort of others. Having gathered ‘a bundle of sticks,’ he ‘laid them on the fire,’ when a viper came forth ‘out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.’ The bystanders were horror-stricken; and seeing by his chain that Paul was a prisoner, they said to one another, ‘No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.’ But Paul shook off the creature into the fire and felt no harm. Knowing its venomous nature, the people looked for him to fall down at any moment in terrible agony. ‘But after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.'” AA 445.2
Paul, himself, said in his second letter to the Corinthians, “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth” (13:8). Pastor Flemons says, “If you serve God, don’t think bad things won’t happen. . . God was the anti-venom. . . People, it pays to serve God.” Paul served God on that island as a medical missionary, healing others while he, himself, was still unjustly imprisoned! That is service.
(This study is based on Acts 27; 28:1-10; and chapter 42, “The Voyage and Shipwreck” in The Acts of the Apostles (AA), by Ellen G. White.)
For Health’s Sake…
“The relation that exists between the mind and the body is very intimate. When one is affected, the other sympathizes. The condition of the mind affects the health to a far greater degree than many realize. Many of the diseases from which men suffer are the result of mental depression. Grief, anxiety, discontent, remorse, guilt, distrust, all tend to break down the life forces and to invite decay and death.
“Disease is sometimes produced, and is often greatly aggravated, by the imagination. Many are lifelong invalids who might be well if they only thought so. Many imagine that every slight exposure will cause illness, and the evil effect is produced because it is expected. Many die from disease the cause of which is wholly imaginary.
“Courage, hope, faith, sympathy, love, promote health and prolong life. A contented mind, a cheerful spirit, is health to the body and strength to the soul. ‘A merry [rejoicing] heart doeth good like a medicine.’ Proverbs 17:22.
“In the treatment of the sick the effect of mental influence should not be overlooked. Rightly used, this influence affords one of the most effective agencies for combating disease.” MH 241