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Topic: Lock (03/06/06)
TITLE: Making the Best Out of a Bad Situation
By c clemons
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Silas looked at his friend, his mentor, and his brother in the Way. He received strength from the serene look upon Paul’s face. He looked down at his swollen ankles, the iron from the chain locks had cut into them. The stripes on his back were still stinging and oozing. The stocks actually kept him from falling he was so weak. Silas’ body was wracked with pain, but he endured not only for his friend Paul, but the thought of what the Lord Jesus Christ had suffered kept him going. It seemed to him that the guards gave Paul double the amount of lashes, yet Paul took every one of them without crying out once.
Day turned to night but Paul and Silas could not track time. The inner prison had no windows it was dark and dank at all times. It was around midnight that Paul and Silas began to pray and sing praises to God. The more they prayed and gave praises, the better they felt. They were so loud that the other prisoners heard them. Suddenly, there was a great earthquake and the foundations of the prison were shaken, all the doors flew open and everyone’s bands were loosed!
The keeper of the prison was sure after the earthquake that the prisoners would take advantage and escape. Knowing his own life was at stake he drew his sword to take his own life, when Paul cried out to him “Do not harm yourself, we are all here!” The keeper took a light and ran in and fell at Paul and Silas’ feet and asked what must he do to be saved? They told him to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and that he and his household would be saved. After they shared the word of God with him, the keeper of the prison took Paul and Silas home with him. They were welcomed in, fed and their wounds cleaned. The keeper and his entire household received Christ and were baptized that very day.
Acts 16: 16-34
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