by Zach Terry

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What to Do in Life's Earthquake (11 of 19)
Series: Acts
Zach Terry
Acts 16:22-34

An old preacher once told me, ''Always preach to hurting people and you will never lack an audience''

Life is interesting - You see before the great and final tragic end of this planet, God gives us dozens of little tragedies to make us consider the brevity of life and the fact that one day we will stand before Him.

It may be a family tragedy
It may be a personal private tragedy such as addiction or depression
It may be the loss of a job
It may the a fatal illness
It may be depression or frustration with life

But I have found that many of the people who fill our Churches week after week as well as those who rarely or never go to Church are faced with trials that make them really question life. Those make them really hurt.

This takes place on Paul's second missionary journey around 52 A.D. in the city of Philippi Paul's first stop in what is now called Europe.

In verses 13-16 you see the conversion of a wealth Philippian woman named Lydia.
In verses 17-18 you see that demons are cast out of a slave girl who had apparently been used for fortune telling.

*Apparently, a group of business men recognized that they could turn a profit at the expense of this young girls soul. So they employed her for the telling of fortunes.

That is where our story today begins. When Paul cast the demons out of this slave girl, the bible uses a very interesting turn of phrase -
Acts 16:18-19 18 …. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, ''I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!'' And it came out at that very moment. 19 … her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone,

*Basically Paul cast the demons out of the girl and the profit out of her masters.

Paul had ruined a very lucrative business. The Master's of the slave girl took hold of Paul and Silas and turned them into the authorities. That's where the ...

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