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Word@Work Acts142 - Acts 17:1-4

Word @ Work - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:05
Word@Work from BeaconLight GOSPEL STRATEGY Acts 17:1-4 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. 'This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,' he said. Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women. Read the verses around this Bible passage from the Internet Bible: in English, and many other languages The Holy Spirit clearly called Paul and his team to cross over from, what is now, Turkey to Greece. Despite significant difficulties, Paul planted a church in Philippi and now set out for the next strategic city. His team travelled west on the military road, the Via Ignatia, to Thessalonica - the capital of Macedonia. It was about 100 miles, with the lesser towns of Amphipolis and Apollonia at 30 miles and 60 miles respectively on the route to provide rest and refreshment. The synagogue was always Paul's preferred starting point for ministry. Thessalonica had a Jewish population and so Paul explained, from the Old Testament Scriptures, how the death and resurrection of Jesus proved that He is the promised Messiah. Paul's method was to compare the prophetic promises with the actual events in Jesus' life and death; calling them to repentance and faith. Waiting is never easy and the Jews had been waiting for their Messiah for many centuries. Their hope of His coming had been deferred so long that the possibility of it becoming reality seemed unlikely. So Paul taught them extensively over three Sabbath days, and answered their questions as a visiting Rabbi would. Some believed - a mixed group of Jews and God-seeking Gentiles including influential women. A new church was formed. Paul's approach was strategic in location and content. He was guided to cities and not villages, places where many people passed through for trade or government business: places where good news can quickly travel in the community and be carried out to many distant locations by those who have been converted. The content was not about how Jesus can meet their felt needs for health or finance or relationships; but it was focussed on Jesus Christ, His life death and resurrection. It was not a plea to join the church so that they could prosper, but a plea to submit to the only One who can forgive sins and welcome us into His kingdom. How does your personal and church gospel strategy compare with that? Lord God. Thank You for revealing Jesus to the world through Your Word and Your people proclaiming the gospel. I am sorry for the times when I have wanted Jesus for what I might get out of Him, and not to submit to Him as my Lord and King. Please help me to reassess my responsibility to share the gospel, understanding more of Your strategy and how You want me to fit into Your plan for people around me to come to know Jesus. In His Name. Amen. Your next Word@Work will be sent on W@WActs142 | Word@Work (c) 2016 Dr Paul Adams | Provided by BeaconLight Contact us at wordatwork@beaconlight.co.uk Subscribe | View Archive | Donate | W@W Facebook Group
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Word@Work Acts141 - Acts 16:37-40

Word @ Work - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:04
Word@Work from BeaconLight WISE RESOLUTION Acts 16:37-40 But Paul said to the officers: 'They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.' The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia's house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left. (NIVUK) Read the verses around this Bible passage from the Internet Bible: in English, and many other languages Paul's missionary visit to Philippi resulted in a public beating and imprisonment (Acts 16:22-24), before an earthquake released Paul and Silas from their ankle shackles (Acts 16:25-26). However the jailer and his household all received Jesus Christ (Acts 16:27-34) and together with Lydia (Acts 16:14-15) and others, who had been converted earlier, a new church had been formed. The earthquake seemed, to the city magistrates, to be a power-statement from Paul's God. Originally they had treated the missionaries roughly to appease the crowd (Acts 16:20-22). Now they probably wanted to protect themselves from God and so they sent a message to the jailer to release Paul and Silas and advise them to leave the city unnoticed. But Paul knew that was not right. The two men were Roman citizens who had the right to a fair trial and should not have been publically stripped and beaten. The magistrates now realised that they were in breach of Roman law, and they were frightened of the legal consequences. Paul did not want the magistrates to lose their jobs or suffer worse punishments. Neither did he want the new little church to suffer official opposition after he left. So he wisely gave the magistrates and the church an honourable way through. He asked the magistrates to show the city that they apologised, by courteously escorting them through the city and saying a traditional 'farewell' at the gate – as they would for a visiting dignitary. The lawyers agreed and it was a good beginning for the church that became one of the least troubled of Paul's ministry. When we have been unfairly treated, misunderstood or seriously disadvantaged, do we look for vengeance for ourselves, or seek to increase the opportunities for gospel ministry? We know that vengeance is God's prerogative alone (Romans 12:19). Our responsibility is not to get even with our enemies but to be wise so that the church is strengthened and not handicapped (1 Corinthians 14:12). Sometimes we need to take a bold stand (2 Corinthians 3:12) when guided by the Spirit, so that the world does not automatically assume the right to ridicule the Body of Christ. That is not a trivial matter: without divine wisdom it will be a folly (Luke 22:50-51), but if the Lord is in it then He will use your wise decision and action to advance the gospel. Watch and pray; personal vengeance can easily overtake divine mercy and grace (Luke 21:36). Father God. Thank You for always being just. Forgive me when I want to get justice for myself and not allow You to work in the circumstances for the benefit of Christ's Body. Help me to learn how to come to wise conclusions as I watch and pray, and be courageous in the Spirit to express the wisdom You have put in my heart. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Your next Word@Work will be sent on W@WActs141 | Word@Work (c) 2016 Dr Paul Adams | Provided by BeaconLight Contact us at wordatwork@beaconlight.co.uk Subscribe | View Archive | Donate | W@W Facebook Group
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Word@Work Acts140 - Acts 16:33-36

Word @ Work - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:05
Word@Work from BeaconLight THE LORD CHANGES THINGS Acts 16:33-36 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptised. 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. When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: 'Release those men.' The jailer told Paul, 'The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.' (NIVUK) Read the verses around this Bible passage from the Internet Bible: in English, and many other languages So much had changed within hours. At dusk, Paul and Silas were shackled by their ankles in an inner cell of the prison in Philippi (Acts 16:22-24). At midnight they were praying and singing praises to the Lord, and then an earthquake released all the prisoners; the jailer feared for his job and almost took his own life; Paul took charge of the jail (Acts 16:25-28); the jailer asked how he could be saved and Paul told him, and his household, the gospel; they were saved through trusting in Jesus (Acts 16:29-32). In a few hours everything had changed because the Lord commanded it. The once hostile jailer was now clearly repentant of beating the men, and so he tenderly washed and dressed their wounds. A hardened man with, we presume, a pagan religious background – surrendered to Jesus and led his family into being baptised, and they were filled with joy by the Holy Spirit. By the morning, the magistrates who had feared a riot by the crowd were now in greater fear of the God who could shake the prison. Clearly, Paul and Silas were too dangerous to have in prison: it was best for them to leave the city, quietly and without further disturbance. When the gospel is proclaimed clearly, the Lord's enemies may react strongly; but when the Lord decides to intervene, nothing can stop Him. The gospel is not about controlling people but loving them, by explaining how they can be saved and be set free from everything which binds them. Christ's purpose in dying for sinners was to provide a way in which sinners could be released from their guilt and sin, into the freedom of belonging to God's kingdom (Romans 8:21). To God, human opposition is not a disaster, but another way of drawing more people into His love. In this narrative, Paul and Silas are freed from prison, the jailer and his household are released from their sins, and the magistrates change their minds about persecuting the Christians. So never despair that nothing can ever change: when the Lord commands, changes happen. God of power and salvation. Thank You for the gospel, and for protecting it through much opposition – even converting the people who have most opposed Your Word. Forgive me for assuming that powerful people cannot be changed, or that my circumstances are beyond Your reach. Help me to trust You, giving thanks for Your powerful Word which can command the changes which You want to bring about, for Your glory and the blessing of Your people. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Your next Word@Work will be sent on W@WActs140 | Word@Work (c) 2016 Dr Paul Adams | Provided by BeaconLight Contact us at wordatwork@beaconlight.co.uk Subscribe | View Archive | Donate | W@W Facebook Group
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Wod@Work Acts139 - Acts 16:29-32

Word @ Work - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 11:04
Word@Work from BeaconLight THE LORD WHO SAVES Acts 16:29-32 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. (NIVUK) Read the verses around this Bible passage from the Internet Bible: in English, and many other languages In the middle of the night in Philippi, the earthquake released all the prisoners from their shackles (Acts 16:25-26). The jailer trusted Paul, as he took command of his fellow inmates. None of them escaped. When lights were brought, the jailer, who was about to fall on his sword, could see that everybody was there. Coming on his knees to Paul and Silas he asked them the key question about his future. According to some, What must I do to be saved? may have reflected on the jailers career prospects; but it is most likely to reflect on the slave girls chant that These men are servants of the Most High God who are telling you the way to be saved (Acts 16:16-18). The jailer was in a major crisis and knew that Paul and Silas were clearly in command of the prisoners and that their God had real power. The missionaries simply told him to believe in the Lord Jesus, and God would save. The jailers theology was probably sketchy at best: there was a lot he did not know, but he knew that Jesus gave the missionaries confident and joyful hope in trouble, and that they cared about him also. Now released from the prison cell, Paul and Silas were invited into the jailers house where he listened to a fuller explanation of the gospel. The message was not just for him but all his family and servants heard as well; later they believed and were baptised (Acts 16:33-34). The God who watches over His friends is the same God who loves His enemies desiring their salvation too. In an amazing way the Lord wove together the self interest of the slave owners, the demonization of the slave girl, the conversion of Lydia with the suffering of Paul and Silas so that He could win the heart of the jailer and his household. That is typical of God who works everything together for the good of those who love Him (1 Peter 5:10). He uses whoever He chooses to win whoever He has chosen. Gods ability to use some enemies so that other enemies might become His friends, is truly remarkable. So do not despair. Be ready to tell how anyone can be saved (www.crosscheck.org.uk). Saving Lord. Thank You that You know how to save sinners. Forgive me for often forgetting that You love my enemies as well as my friends and long that they shall be saved. Help me to be Your servant, whatever situation I am in, to be ready to explain how others can be saved. In Jesus Name. Amen. Your next Word@Work will be sent on W@WActs139 | Word@Work (c) 2016 Dr Paul Adams | Provided by BeaconLight Contact us at wordatwork@beaconlight.co.uk Subscribe | View Archive | Donate | W@W Facebook Group
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Word@Work Acts138 - Acts 16:25-28

Word @ Work - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:05
Word@Work from BeaconLight THE LORD WHO DELIVERS Acts 16:25-28 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone's chains came loose. 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!' (NIVUK) Read the verses around this Bible passage from the Internet Bible: in English, and many other languages In the Philippian prison for preaching the gospel and releasing a demonised slave girl from her oppression (Acts 16:16-21), Paul and Silas were full of praise, singing and praying from the depths of their dark cell. The authorities assumed that with their ankles trapped by stocks in the innermost part of the jail, they would be safely out of the way of a vengeful crowd (Acts 16:22-24). The last thing the city leaders wanted was a riot: that would show their weak management and risk their careers, or possibly their lives. But they were not in control. The Lord is always in command. So, an earthquake shook the prison; the doors opened and all the prisoners were released from their shackles. The prison governor (who probably lived in the prison complex) woke up and realised that his worst nightmare was happening. All of his charges were now free to escape; his career was over and he would probably be executed for failing to secure the inmates. God's man was ready to take command. Paul did not want the jailer to take his own life and so took responsibility for all the detainees, shouting to the desperate official that nobody had escaped. The Lord knows how to rescue His people (2 Peter 2:9). He has no formula, but He has infinite love and power, mercy and grace. Every act of deliverance is unique and delightfully surprising to His people; awesome and terrifying to His enemies. Whenever you think the situation is impossible to resolve, the Lord has a way. Whenever you are trapped with no way out, the Lord knows how to release you. Whenever you think that God cannot: He can. He knows how to deliver His people so give your time and energy to prayer and praise. Your future is not in the circumstances but in Christ – His love and power, His mercy and grace. God of power and love. Thank You for knowing when and how to deliver Your people. Forgive me for wasting time and emotional energy in worry and despair when You already know what You are going to do and how You are going to do it. Please help me to be more trusting, learning to pray with confidence and praise with the joy which comes from Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Your next Word@Work will be sent on W@WActs138 | Word@Work (c) 2016 Dr Paul Adams | Provided by BeaconLight Contact us at wordatwork@beaconlight.co.uk Subscribe | View Archive | Donate | W@W Facebook Group
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Word@Work Acts137 - Acts 16:19-24

Word @ Work - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 11:05
Word@Work from BeaconLight TROUBLE BITES BACK Acts 16:19-24 When her owners realised that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market-place to face the authorities. They brought them before the magistrates and said, 'These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practise.’ The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. (NIVUK) Read the verses around this Bible passage from the Internet Bible: in English, and many other languages Paul and Silas were preaching the gospel and teaching the new believers how to live their new life in Christ (Acts 16:13-15). A demonised slave girl, whose owners made money out of her fortune-telling occult powers, was following the apostolic team and shouting out the truth about the gospel. But Paul did not want Satan to pretend to validate the gospel ministry or mock the message. So Paul commanded the evil spirit to come out of her. Instantly, she was quiet and in her right mind (Acts 16:16-18). The slave owners realised they had lost their income. They arrested Paul and Silas and dragged them before the magistrates in Philippi. For whatever reason, the city did not welcome Jews: there were not enough men (10 were required) to start a synagogue, which was why God-seekers met by the riverside (Acts 16:13). So the charge of being Jewish was enough to stir up a crowd. To quell a potential riot, the magistrates seized the initiative and had them publically stripped and beaten. Then they were taken into the jail – as much to calm the crowds as to punish Paul and Silas. Clearly they were politically dangerous prisoners. Philippi was a Roman military centre, and any disturbance in the city would have been seen as a weakness of the civic authorities, with severe penalties to those in charge. So the missionaries must not be allowed to cause more disturbance or try to escape. Incarcerated in the inside cell with their ankles trapped in stocks, the men could give no more trouble that night, or so everybody thought. The gospel is powerful to change people's lives as they repent and receive Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16): it also attracts opposition (Philippians 1:7). Satan's kingdom is threatened by gospel truth proclaiming that Jesus can set people free from the devil's grip. Most hostile people have no idea that they are collaborating with the Evil One when they try to stop believers speaking about Jesus, but they are. From a human point of view, believers may feel impossibly overwhelmed – trapped by the evil which they had wanted the gospel to expose and Jesus to defeat. Instead of success, ministry seems a disaster. Those are real feelings, and opponents may seem to have the advantage. But the Lord is waiting to show His hand of power. Trust Him and wait for His answer. God of patient love. Thank You for understanding the hostility of sinners, which Jesus suffered on the cross. Forgive me for my despondency when opposition seems to trap me and I can see no way out or through the situation. Please help me to trust in Your infinitely superior love, wisdom and power; and be willing to praise You while I wait for Your deliverance. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Your next Word@Work will be sent on W@WActs137 | Word@Work (c) 2016 Dr Paul Adams | Provided by BeaconLight Contact us at wordatwork@beaconlight.co.uk Subscribe | View Archive | Donate | W@W Facebook Group
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Word@Work Acts136 - Acts 16:16-18

Word @ Work - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:04
Word@Work from BeaconLight TIME TO DEAL WITH TROUBLE Acts 16:16-18 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She 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.' She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned round 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. (NIVUK) Read the verses around this Bible passage from the Internet Bible: in English, and many other languages Paul, Silas and their team were in Philippi. The riverside meeting place, where God-fearers gathered to hear the gospel (Acts 16:13), also attracted a demonised woman. She may have been mentally disturbed or abandoned by her family, but she became a slave who made money for her owners by claiming to predict the future. She was a social curiosity who slandered the gospel messengers by claiming to validate their authority. The apostle was clear that her behaviour was triggered by a demon: as was proved by subsequent events. What she shouted out was true, but the effect of her proclamation was to ridicule the missionaries. Demons can spur their victims into saying what is true and is false with equal conviction (although they do not know the future because only God is all-knowing). Indeed, their evil purpose in temptation is best seen when they insert little lies into a lot of truth, thus distorting the truth into a message that leads people away from God's path (John 8:44). That is Satan's intention: to discredit God's messengers, and stop people hearing about Jesus and responding in repentance and faith. The missionary team were indeed servants of the Most High God; their message was all about salvation: but the demonised woman obstructed the gospel and Paul knew that her activities were stopping spiritually hungry people being satisfied by Jesus. This disruption made the work so much harder (the original word implies 'working against resistance' rather than emotional frustration as suggested by this translation's 'annoyed'), and it could never do any good. So Paul commanded the demon to leave her, in the Name of Jesus. From that moment, the woman was quiet and she lost her occult powers. We live in an evil world, surrounded by people who have no time for Jesus. But there are times when the Holy Spirit will not allow the gospel to be defamed or ridiculed. No evil spirit can withstand the Name of Jesus and only by His authority will demons let go of their prey (Luke 10:17). There is a time to confront persistent, rebellious, unrepentant evil. Do not act impulsively, give enough time for the full situation to become clear; pray about it with mature believers and then submit the evil to Jesus' authority. Sovereign Lord. Thank You for Your mastery over everything including the devil and every demon. Forgive me for not taking the problem of demonic evil seriously enough. Please help me to recognise evil for what it is and who sponsors it; and give me the confidence to pray in faith and declare Your sovereignty, so that Your will is done and Your kingdom will come. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Your next Word@Work will be sent on W@WActs136 | Word@Work (c) 2016 Dr Paul Adams | Provided by BeaconLight Contact us at wordatwork@beaconlight.co.uk Subscribe | View Archive | Donate | W@W Facebook Group
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Word@Work Acts135 - Acts 16:14-15

Word @ Work - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 11:04
Word@Work from BeaconLight FINDING A MINISTRY START-POINT Acts 16:14-15 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshipper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message. When she and the members of her household were baptised, she invited us to her home. 'If you consider me a believer in the Lord,' she said, 'come and stay at my house.' And she persuaded us. (NIVUK) Read the verses around this Bible passage from the Internet Bible: in English, and many other languages Wherever Paul travelled, he always tried to find a 'ministry start-point'. The Lord had personally commissioned him to take the gospel to the Gentiles, but Paul's usual approach was to go to the synagogue first, preaching to the Jews and God-fearing Gentiles (Romans 1:16). But in Philippi there was no synagogue. Instead, God-seekers met by the Gangites River on the Sabbath; and so Paul told them the truth about Jesus. One woman who was present, Lydia, listened intently. She was a merchant who traded the famous purple dyed cloth from Thyatira. It must have been a good business because her home in Philippi was big enough for her family and servants: she wanted them also to hear Paul's message. As they did, they were convinced of the truth about Jesus, convicted of their sin, and were baptised. After the baptism Lydia invited Paul and his team (including Silas, Timothy and Luke), to stay in her home. She wanted to give hospitality in gratitude for the salvation-message the apostle has brought to her. God had welcomed her into His home, so the least she could do was to welcome the gospel messengers into her home. They did not take it for granted, and apparently needed some persuading; but Lydia's heart had been changed and she now wanted to give to the Lord what she could. For Paul, he had no idea at the beginning of the day what the Lord would do; but once he found the ministry start-point, he walked with the Lord in that day's gospel adventure. The wise Christian will always look for ministry start-points in the everyday events of life. Picking up on conversations about God, hope, life and eternity; declaring that you love Jesus and seeing who wants to respond; connecting your circumstances with the sacrifice of Christ; and there are many more ways to start intentional gospel ministry. Once you have found that start-point, do not back away but share the gospel with people who are interested to know more (www.crosscheck.org.uk might be a useful tool to help you). When people submit themselves to Christ, you will find they want to share what they have received: but never grasp at that, it would be quite wrong. Father God. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit's guidance in leading Your people to gospel start-points. I am sorry that I am not always intentional about finding the seekers. Please help me to be an intentional gospeller, looking for those start-points from which I can follow Your Holy Spirit's leading as I share the truth about Jesus. In His Name. Amen. Your next Word@Work will be sent on W@WActs135 | Word@Work (c) 2016 Dr Paul Adams | Provided by BeaconLight Contact us at wordatwork@beaconlight.co.uk Subscribe | View Archive | Donate | W@W Facebook Group
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Word@Work Acts134 - Acts 16:11-13

Word @ Work - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 11:05
Word@Work from BeaconLight TRAVELLING WITH GOD Acts 16:11-13 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. From there we travelled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days. On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. (NIVUK) Read the verses around this Bible passage from the Internet Bible: in English, and many other languages Paul knew exactly where he had to go (Acts 16:9). The destination was Macedonia and the nearest entry point from Troas was Neapollis. It was only a short journey by sailing ship, but rocky islands made the journey hazardous at night. So the apostolic team sailed to the harbour in Samothrace before sundown, travelling on to Neapolis the next morning. The big city near there was Philippi; a leading city of culture and trade as well as military muscle. In many ways it had been secularised, apparently having no Jewish synagogue. But on the Sabbath, God-fearing people in such communities tended to meet by a river to pray. There, Paul found a number of women who were open to hearing about Jesus. However, it was a contrast to Paul's ministry in (what is now) Turkey. There, most cities had a synagogue. Although they were part of the Jewish diaspora, they still longed to hear God's truth. That was why Paul usually went first to the synagogue. But in Philippi it was different. The city was a proud Roman colony based on prosperity and power. Even the Jewish diaspora had found it impossible to establish a place of worship. So Paul taught the women by the waterside about Jesus. Most people like routines, and often manage projects in the same way that proved successful last time. But gospel ministry demands a flexibility to adapt the unchanging truths to the changing times and people. We cannot be gospel people and remain chained to a ministry method, however helpful it may be. We must be ready for the unexpected, and be more aware about the people we serve than the style or method of serving them. Travelling with God means that He leads and we follow; He will put us in unexpected situations so that we have to rely on Him and let Him lead. Father God. Thank You for the ways in which You have directed me in my personal life. Forgive me when I have resisted Your leading, made ministry more difficult for others or failed to change my approach to ministry when that has been necessary. Please help me to learn how to take on the impossible when You call me and be willing to discard some ministry methods if they are not appropriate for the people You have led me to serve. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Your next Word@Work will be sent on W@WActs134 | Word@Work (c) 2016 Dr Paul Adams | Provided by BeaconLight Contact us at wordatwork@beaconlight.co.uk Subscribe | View Archive | Donate | W@W Facebook Group
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Word@Work Acts133 - Acts 16:6-10

Word @ Work - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:05
Word@Work from BeaconLight GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT Acts 16:6-10 Paul and his companions travelled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.' After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. (NIVUK) Read the verses around this Bible passage from the Internet Bible: in English, and many other languages Paul, Silas, Timothy and some others travelled from city to city preaching Christ Jesus - the crucified yet risen Saviour of the world. How did they know where to go? The Holy Spirit allowed them to go to obvious places when that was right, and prevented them from journeys that were not in God's will. How did the Holy Spirit guide them? We do not know but we can only assume it was a combination of God's Word with divinely arranged external circumstances, internally discerned choices and sensitive consciences. Paul's focus had been on what is now Turkey. The area was full of vibrant trading routes from China to the Aegean Sea ports with bustling market towns and fortified outposts of the Roman Empire. Paul had certainly encountered opposition but had also seen real conversions and the formation of new churches (Acts 14:21-26). It seemed to be full of gospel potential and Paul wanted to travel its length and breadth. But the Holy Spirit would not allow them the liberty to do so. Instead, the Lord kept nudging them north west until they reached the seaport of Alexandria Troas, which faced the port of Neapolis in Greece, although there were many rocky islands in the way. It may be that the apostolic team did not understand what the Lord wanted them to do, until Paul had a vision that night. A Greek man in Macedonia was standing with hands extended, begging Paul to come and bring the gospel to his country. Early the next morning, the confusion of the previous weeks cleared away like mist in sunshine: the team, now including Luke, knew that God was calling them to take the gospel to Greece. Some of the most difficult times for passionate believers are times of uncertainty and waiting (Psalm 27:14). Frustrated by not being able to serve in what seems a sensible and logical direction, it is easy to stop listening to the Lord and do what we think is right without listening to the Lord's wisdom and crashing against His strategically placed obstacles. It is not wrong to try an idea or to 'push a door'; but do not bulldoze ahead without the Lord's clear leading. Although believers need to be inflexible on the truth of Scripture, they must be fully flexible and willing to serve the Lord wherever and however He chooses. After all: it is His gospel to grow His kingdom, in His way, and at His time. The gospel is not our tool for self-satisfaction; it is His tool to save many people. So, if you are 'stuck' at the moment, try various possibilities but let the Lord decide how and where you are best used (Lamentations 3:26). Father God. Thank You that Your plans are best. Forgive me for pushing against Your 'no entry' signs and failing to wait prayerfully for the next step in the journey. Please help me to be sensitive to the way in which Your Spirit is guiding me through Your Word, circumstances and a sharpened conscience so that I may fulfil the role You have chosen for me in Your kingdom. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Your next Word@Work will be sent on W@WActs133 | Word@Work (c) 2016 Dr Paul Adams | Provided by BeaconLight Contact us at wordatwork@beaconlight.co.uk Subscribe | View Archive | Donate | W@W Facebook Group
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Hampshire High graduate prepares for mission trip to Cambodia - Cumberland Times-News

thecambodianews.net - Sun, 12/22/2013 - 11:05
SLANESVILLE, W.Va. — Lessons learned over the past five years while attending Christ in Youth camps have prepared 19-year-old Sarah Hott for a mission trip to Cambodia. The Slanesville resident will be working with girls living at the Rapha House at Phnom Pehn who have been rescued from being forced into sex trafficking. As she explained, girls from ages 5 to 18 are recruited from ...
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Cambodian opposition chief says biggest-ever protests to start Sunday

thecambodianews.net - Sun, 12/22/2013 - 09:18
Cambodia's opposition party leader Sam Rainsy said that the biggest-ever protests against the Prime Minister Hun Sen's government would begin from Sunday as the party's daily protests in the capital entered the seventh day on Saturday."Political tsunami in Cambodia will start from tomorrow," Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), told a rally ...
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Laos tightens belt with IMF warning

thecambodianews.net - Sun, 12/22/2013 - 07:46
By Parameswaran Ponnudurai Debt-ridden Laos has been told by the International Monetary Fund to tighten its policies to avoid a major economic crisis. An IMF mission held annual consultations recently with the government in the country's capital Vientiane, raising concerns about its rising inflation, the banking system, public ...
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Ancient Cambodian temple statues a step closer to reunion - Straits Times

thecambodianews.net - Sun, 12/22/2013 - 07:05
The empty interior of the new Preah Vihear Museum, in Preah Vihear province near Cambodia-Thailand border, about 245 kilometers north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov 12, 2013. Rising out of the jungle on white pillars, the new Preah Vihear Museum's largest building stands empty. But Cambodian officials hope that one day it will be the place where nine ancient statues depicting a dramatic ...
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Cambodia Could Sneak into Oscars With Khmer Rouge Film

thecambodianews.net - Sun, 12/22/2013 - 02:04
Los Angeles, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The Missing Picture documentary could be the first film in Cambodia that aims for an Oscar, confirmed today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The film, shot in French, using clay figures to tell the story of the Khmer Rouge, the regime that killed two million Cambodians in four years and was overthrown by Vietnam. The film stands out among the ...
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Cambodian museum to welcome reunited ancient battle scene art

thecambodianews.net - Sun, 12/22/2013 - 01:57
PREAH VIHEAR PROVINCE, Cambodia -- Rising out of the jungle on white pillars, the new Preah Vihear Museum's largest building stands empty. But Cambodian officials hope that one day it will be the place where nine ancient statues depicting a dramatic battle scene are reunited from around the ...
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Italian Cambodian films get top prizes at 15th Cinemanila

thecambodianews.net - Sun, 12/22/2013 - 00:43
MANILA - The Cinemanila International Film Festival conferred Saturday its top awards on Italian Paolo Sorrentino's drama comedy "The Great Beauty" about the life of a novelist in Rome, and Filipino Raya Martin's "How to Disappear Completely" about the troubled life of a girl and her family. Founded by Filipino filmmaker Amable "Tikoy" Aguiluz in 1999, ...
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UN court awards temple site to Cambodia

thecambodianews.net - Sun, 12/22/2013 - 00:20
By Radio Free Asia In a landmark ruling, the United Nation's top court on Monday said Cambodia has sovereignty over an area immediately surrounding an ancient temple along the border with Thailand and ordered Bangkok, which claims the territory, to withdraw any security forces stationed there. The International Court of Justice in The Hague however rejected Cambodia's claims over ...
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Cambodia PM Rejects Demonstrators Calls for Resignation Re-Election - Radio Free Asia

thecambodianews.net - Sat, 12/21/2013 - 18:54
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday rejected opposition demonstrators' calls for his resignation and a re-election, saying there was "no mechanism" in the country's laws to allow fresh polls. The longtime leader made the remarks as protesters led by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) gathered in the capital for the sixth day in a row. Thousands ...
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Cambodia awaits talks with Thailand on implementation of ICJs ruling - Global Times

thecambodianews.net - Sat, 12/21/2013 - 17:40
Cambodia is waiting for negotiations with Thailand on the implementation of the verdict issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) last month over the disputed land near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple between the two countries, a senior official said Saturday."As we all know the current political turmoil in Thailand, so we have to wait for a whole,"Deputy Prime Minister ...
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