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Paul knew the ship and its 264 lives were in for some tough times.  What started with a gentle breeze turned into a fierce hurricane and the ship floundered and eventually wrecked placing all souls in peril.  But, in the midst of the storm and eventual shipwreck, Paul never lost hope, faith or courage.  He was the man with the command of the circumstances–He encouraged and saved those in trouble.  But it was not him, really, it was the Spirit of God reminding him that the Father was in charge.
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We, can walk through life’s storms and shipwrecks with the same strength and assurance.  Our God is faithful to meet our needs and carry us through the most ominous of trials.  Even when no hope remains, we have to stand assured that he will complete his plan in our lives.  There is no assurance that we will live a life without trials and suffering–but, we can be assured we will never face such struggles alone.  We must be strong and courageous in the storms to be the encouragement for those with little faith and no hope remaining.  When we can play that role, we will be the true ambassadors of God he has called us to be!!!
 
God Bless You
Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. 26 Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.”