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The Gospel Clarifies Our Suffering

Ted VinatieriTed Vinatieri, February 26, 2017
Part of the Acts: You are My Witnesses series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

New Life Community Church, Stafford VA

Acts 28:1-16

1And when we were escaped, then we knew that the island was called Melita. 2And the barbarians showed us no common kindness; for they kindled a fire, and received us all, because of the present rain, and because of the cold. 3But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out by reason of the heat, and fastened on his hand. 4And when the barbarians saw the [venomous] creature hanging from his hand, they said one to another, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped from the sea, yet Justice hath not suffered to live. 5Howbeit he shook off the creature into the fire, and took no harm. 6But they expected that he would have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but when they were long in expectation and beheld nothing amiss came to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god. 7Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us, and entertained us three days courteously. 8And it was so, that the father of Publius lay sick of fever and dysentery: unto whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laying his hands on him healed him. 9And when this was done, the rest also that had diseases in the island came, and were cured: 10who also honored us with many honors; and when we sailed, they put on board such things as we needed. 11And after three months we set sail in a ship of Alexandria which had wintered in the island, whose sign was The Twin Brothers. 12And touching at Syracuse, we tarried there three days. 13And from thence we made a circuit, and arrived at Rhegium: and after one day a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli; 14where we found brethren, and were entreated to tarry with them seven days: and so we came to Rome. 15And from thence the brethren, when they heard of us, came to meet us as far as The Market of Appius and The Three Taverns; whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage. 16And when we entered into Rome, Paul was suffered to abide by himself with the soldier that guarded him. (ASV)

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