18 September: Living on Death Row

The term “death row” conjures up scenes from movies about people in the American prison system. But I wonder sometimes, if we’re not all living life on death row…

READ ACTS 28   Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

In a phone call one day, a close friend told us that he had inoperable cancer. In age, his two girls are just below our two girls and, without our Michael now, we’re almost identical families. Such a life storm makes me wonder how his wife and girls feel, with their Dad and husband sitting now on “death row”.

The Book of Acts finishes, in today’s chapter, in an uplifting way. Paul is living comfortably in a rented house with a guard, though apparently also bound with a chain. [v20] Still, he’s able to welcome anyone who comes to him [v30], and he preached the Creator God’s “Good News” boldly and unhindered for two years. [v31] From history, we know that most of what is now called The New Testament (the new agreement between the Creator and those He created in His own image), were letters penned to various places in the Roman Empire. Paul is likely to have written much of this under house arrest in Rome, before his trial and execution.

So, while it’s true that we’re all living on death row – i.e. 100% of all humans will “meet our Maker” at some point – I’m inspired today to make every minute count, just as Paul clearly did, using his freedom within confining circumstances to impact his world around him!

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Finding it hard to connect with the One who turns death to LIFE? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]

THE LORD’S PRAYER: 

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Open my mouth, Lord, and set my tongue free to begin to speak praises of You. [Luke 1:64]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: God’s Grace on the Republic of Niger[b]
  • Your Country: Your Local Governments
  • Yourself: Your close relationships
  • Your concerns for today
When I see the needs of the world, Father God, help me not to be downcast – that my soul is not disturbed within me. Help me to put my hope in You, for I’ll yet praise You, my Saviour and my God. [Psalm 42:5]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

In my daily actions, help me not to break faith with You, God of Creation. Help me not to turn away from You, Lord, and build for myself an altar of rebellion against You. [Joshua 22:16]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family that You’ve brought me this far by Your GRACE. [1 Chronicles 17:16]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[c] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Prayer

“And my God shall supply all your needs, according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 4:19]

[a] Matthew 6:5-15

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/country/nige/owtext.html

[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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