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How To Stay Calm in a Crisis (7 of 12)
Series: When We Ask How
Dr. Stan Coffey
I. Storms Come Because We Listen To The Wrong Advice
II. Storms Come Because We Assume The Majority Is Right
III. Storms Come Because We Rely On Outward Circumstances
It says, "NOW WHEN MUCH TIME WAS SPENT, AND WHEN SAILING WAS NOW DANGEROUS, BECAUSE THE FAST WAS NOW ALREADY PAST, PAUL ADMONISHED 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 THE CENTURION BELIEVED THE MASTER AND THE OWNER OF THE SHIP, MORE THAN THOSE THINGS WHICH WERE SPOKEN BY PAUL."
Now Paul had advised them not to go but the master of the ship, the owner and the centurion, that is the Roman officer in charge, decided that they would sail.
Now in verse 18 we find out what happened when the storm
came. "AND WE BEING EXCEEDINGLY TOSSED WITH A TEMPEST,
THE NEXT [DAY] THEY LIGHTENED THE SHIP;
AND THE THIRD [DAY] WE CAST OUT WITH OUR OWN HANDS
THE TACKLING OF THE SHIP.
AND WHEN NEITHER SUN NOR STARS IN MANY DAYS APPEARED,
AND NO SMALL TEMPEST LAY ON [US], ALL HOPE THAT WE
SHOULD BE SAVED WAS THEN TAKEN AWAY.
BUT AFTER LONG ABSTINENCE PAUL STOOD FORTH IN THE
MIDST OF THEM, AND SAID, SIRS, YE SHOULD HAVE
HEARKENED UNTO ME, AND NOT HAVE LOOSED FROM CRETE,
AND TO HAVE GAINED THIS HARM AND LOSS.
AND NOW I EXHORT YOU TO BE OF GOOD CHEER: FOR THERE
SHALL BE NO LOSS OF [ANY MAN'S] LIFE AMONG YOU, BUT OF
FOR THERE STOOD BY ME THIS NIGHT THE ANGEL OF GOD,
WHOSE I AM, AND WHOM I SERVE,
SAYING, FEAR NOT, PAUL; THOU MUST BE BROUGHT BEFORE
CAESAR: AND, LO, GOD HATH GIVEN THEE ALL THEM THAT SAIL
WHEREFORE, SIRS, BE OF GOOD CHEER: FOR I BELIEVE GOD,
THAT IT SHALL BE EVEN AS IT WAS TOLD ME."
Then in verse 29, "THEN FEARING LEST WE SHOULD HAVE
FALLEN UPON ROCKS, THEY CAST FOUR ANCHORS OUT OF
THE STERN, AND WISHED FOR THE DAY."
Now as ...
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