Praise The Lord In
Scripture Reading: Acts 16:16-30
Text: Acts 16:24-26
Rev. Lummie Hearn, Pastor
Revised 5~/18~/07, Preached at Century Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Church Anniervary May 20,2007 Sac.
CA.Scripture Reading: Acts 16:16-30
16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by
which she predicted the future.
She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling.
17 This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God,
who are telling you the way to be saved."
18 She kept this up for many days.
Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to
the spirit, "In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!" At that moment the spirit left her.
19 When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized
Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.
20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, "These men are Jews, and are throwing our city
into an uproar
21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice."
22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be
stripped and beaten.
23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded
to guard them carefully.
24 Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners
were listening to them.
26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken.
once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.
27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to
kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.
28 But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself!
We are all here!"
29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.
30 He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
For our lesson this morning ~/afternoon, I would have us if you will concentrate on the verses 24,25, and 26.
Putting the most of our concentration on verse 25.
This verse reading from the NKJ states;
25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were
listening to them.
/Subject: *Praise The Lord In Spite Of*/
/Explain the subject matter leading up to this case where text is taken:Acts VV 16 thru 24./If we made a decision to wait until all are every thing was ripe and good, or all things were going the way
that we would have them to go, everything was good and sweet.
If we would wait for all these things or moments to “Praise the Lord”.
Some of us would never praise Him.
Some of us would never have a chance to do so.
Many times we think the saying “ If it was not for bad luck I would have any luck at all”.
It seem like, for some of us that everything that we start it ends in disappointment.
For some women and for
some men, every relationship that you engage in it ends in a disastrous.
Parents both mothers and fathers, and single parents.
You try all that you know to do to raise your children
in a godly manner, but it seem sometimes, that the more or harder that you try to do what is right the worst
the situation becomes.
(Then to add insult to injury, we at times will instead of leaning on God we
Every time you set down and turn on the TV there is sad news about somebody’ child hooked up in some
kind of lawlessness.
It’s not just candy at the corner store any more.
It’s car jacking, murder and mayhem.
Some of these kids are eight, nine, ten, and eleven years old.
The war of word with Iran.
Soldiers being kidnapped and killed in Iraq, Mental-illness has gotten the best of
someone and they go on a rampage and take many lives.
Just a few days ago ( as a matter of fact it was Thursday) someone in Texas called the sheriff dept., but
when they arrived the person open fire on them and two officers lay dead from a hunting rifle shot.
My dearly beloved, I say to you this evening;
*Praise The Lord In Spite Of*
Somebody maybe saying right now, well bro preacher that is all good what you are saying, but it takes
money to buy land.
You maybe saying; What can I praise the Lord for?
Tell me what can I praise the Lord for when troubles
are all around me,..... Death is on every side and hand..... Sickness is abounding every time I turn around,...
Family conditions have gone from bad to worst.
I can not even step out of my house at night for fear of
Preacher I’m sure you saw the news Friday morning, where a man atacked
a woman while she was praying in the Church.
Drug dealers are all up and down the streets and
avenues, in the neighborhood where some of us live.
Even when day time comes my nerves are on edge
when I leave home for fear that when I return all that I have, have been taken away by thefts that are
sometimes members of my own family.
So, preacher, tell me if you please, how can I praise the Lord?
me what can I say?
Truly praise is not going to change the physical conditions at hand, but we must praise the God any way.
God is good in spite of the things that may befall us.
*Psalm 103:1ff tells us; *(Read verse from bible); *See Isaiah 12:1ff *(read from bible)
Rom 8:28 *And** we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who*
*have been called according to his purpos*e.(NIV).Paul is not saying here in this reading to us that everything that happen to us is good, but through it good will
come if we allow it to.
Sometimes even in the midst of sadness of death of a love one comes the bring together of, in some cases
brothers and sisters, and sisters, brothers and brothers, aunts and uncles, and sometimes separated hus-bands
and wives who may not have spoken to one another in twenty years or longer.
Please do not misunderstand me in what In am saying.