Would you take God's Word and find Acts chapter 27. Acts chapter 27, in a moment we'll begin reading in verse 9. I love the 27th chapter of the book of Acts. Several times since I've been your pastor I've studied with you this wonderful chapter. The reason I love the 27th chapter of the book of Acts is because it is the story of a shipwreck. Not that I'm all enamored with shipwrecks, it's not so much. But it's the story of the sea. And I love the ocean. I was born in Florida, near the Atlantic Ocean. Lived their most of my life. My blood is about 95% salt water. And I love this wonderful story because it's so graphic. As you open the Bible to this chapter you just feel the salt spray in your face. It's, it's a story that was written as en eyewitness account of a great shipwreck. Would you to use your imagination. If you do, you'll taste the salt. You'll feel the swell of this ship as it rises and falls on the billows. You'll hear the winds as it moans and |groans and screams and whimpers. You'll hear the booming claps of thunder. And you'll see the flashing fingers of lightening as they play across the sky. And you'll look on the faces of these mariners and see stark terror that's on their face as they say to themselves, "Tonight, we die. We'll perish at sea." And you'll see how God delivered them and you'll learn a lesson. Have you ever wondered why did God use an entire chapter to tell about a shipwreck. Why did the apostle Luke, who could write so much, why did he spend an entire chapter telling used what happened. I'll tell you what I think. Because while this is history, it is more than history. Luke who wrote his is using it as an illustration that we can apply to our lives in this 20th century or at any other time. Because you see life is like a voyage. And the circumstances of life are like the weather. Sometimes there's smooth sailing, sometimes there's storms. And we're caught up sometimes in these storms because we are sailing on the sea of time between two eternities. Now let me say that many times we are caught up in storms because of we have done wrong. That's the way the apostle Paul was. Paul did not want to sail. Now he was a prisoner on this ship and he was going from Caesarea to Rome to be judged. And they were in a particular place and they were trying to make up their mind whether or not they ought to set sail. And that's where we join the study in verse 9, chapter 27 and verse 9, "And when much time was now spent, and when sailing was now dangerous because the fast was already past, Paul admonished them," that is he warned them and advised them, "and said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives, nevertheless," and that nevertheless is a very important word there, "nevertheless the centurion believed the master and owner of the ship more than those things which were spoken by Pa ...
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