Posted by Russ Jones On 1:06 PM
I haven't blogged about everyday events in the last 40 days because I wanted the 40 Days in the Book of Acts to stand on it's own.  But to say that there hasn't been a lot to blog about is an understatement. 

Jared (the guy from those submarine sandwich commercials) pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and to crossing state lines to pay for sex with minors.  He will probably serve between five and 12½ years in prison, receive sexual disorders treatment for his "medical condition" and his wife wants to end marriage (no surprise there).

No, I don't understand how grown men and women can become ensnared by this kind of nightmare.  But the one thing that I do know is, treating this as a medical condition will most likely get you no where.  This isn't a "mental disorder" as much as it is a "spiritual disorder".

The bottom line here is that Jared (and others) do not see God's Creation as He does.  Whether it is prostitution, child porn or even porn itself - God didn't create people to be treated this way and He doesn't want us to see them that way either.  

#1 - See sexuality as God sees it.  It is a gift to a man and a woman in the bonds of marriage.  You have to admit.  When you take sexuality outside of those boundaries, it becomes something that it was never created to be.  

#2 - See people through your eyes of humility.  Don't allow yourself to be above the standard you would apply to someone else.  In other words, if you were a child - would you want to be treated that way?  

With the revelations from the Ashley Madison hack, such as Josh Duggard and Sam Radar, (I am sure that there are more to come) we see the ugly side of marriage - infidelity.  

Marriage as a whole has been tested through time by those who cheat.  So does it surprise me to see people doing it today.  NEWS FLASH!  Marriage will survive!  I pray that the marriages of Josh and others will survive too.  

But one usually doesn't get up in the morning and all of a sudden decide, "I'm going to cheat on my spouse today."  No, it is something that comes over a period of time.  A spouse gets a little closer to the flame and . . . .  At first they probably call it harmless flirting, but then it quickly turns into something else.  

#1 - Admit that marriage is going to take some work and that it will be tested one way or another.  Be prepared to forgive as well as determine to rebuild trust.  

#2 - Commit to defending your marriage against ANYTHING that even appears to be a threat against it.  That means you will take defensive position against "harmless flirting" and stop it before it goes to far. 

Anneka turned 12 this week.  Now some of you might be thinking that this doesn't belong to the aforementioned material above.  You would be right.  But I can't separate it.  

This is the world that my daughter is growing up in.  She will become an adult and have to face much more than this.  

I am teaching her how to watch for peodfiles and I have to make sure that she isn't allowed into a situation where she could be abused. 

I am teaching her, through example and action, what a Godly marriage really looks like.  The good and the bad - the ups and the downs.  She sees how Betty and I protect our marriage.  

Do I allow the people of this world to taint my outlook on life?  No way.  The Jareds and Joshs of this world do not, nor will they ever, have the right to determine my future. my marriage or the future of my daughters life.  

So I will celebrate my daughters birthday full of hope that she will become the woman that God has created her to be in body, soul, mind and spirit.  She will be able to see the world for what it is, but understanding that it doesn't own her.  

Posted by Russ Jones On 3:49 PM

Taking time to be in the Word of God has been and always will be a sacrifice. The fact that you did this is tribute to your faith and determination to get closer to God.

The reason why I choose the book of Acts was simple.  There is no other book in the Bible that can say more about today than the book of Acts.  It is my opinion and I am sure that there are others who would disagree, but my reasoning is simple.  There is no benediction to this book.

In all of the other books of the New Testament the writers ended their writings with a benediction of some sort.  Not Acts.  Why?  Because is hasn't ended.  We are the living embodiment of the book of Acts today.

What the early church did can still happen today.  More importantly, it can happen to you.  Following the Holy Spirit isn't necessarily the safest thing you can do (ask Paul).  But it is the most exciting thing you can do in your life.

Praying for the sick and seeing them healed.  Preaching the Word of God and people believing in Jesus.  Miracles, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and so much more should be the NORMAL activity of the church today.  Do you realize that every author of every book in the New Testament didn't even conceive of a church that wasn't empowered by the Holy Spirit.   Nor did they even think that a  believer would not be baptized in the Holy Spirit evidenced by speaking in other tongues?

Well I can hear some of you out there clearing your throat and saying, "Well Pastor . . . "  There are a lot of people who would like to point out to me a bunch of theology that excuses churches and people from even seeking or wanting the Baptism.  But let me ask you this?

Why would you want to excuse and dismiss the most powerful and influential presence of God in your life?  Why would you want to marginalize the Holy Spirit?  Why would you want to prevent people from receiving their healing or prevent others from coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?

So while you may disagree with me (and that's OK).  Seek the power of God in your life.  Ask yourself if given the chance, wouldn't you want to see today what you read about in the past come to life today?  Wouldn't you want to be a part of that?
Posted by Russ Jones On 10:36 AM
These last two days can either be used for catch up or reflection.  Let's ask a few questions in reflection about the book of Acts.

What was the BIG idea that Luke was trying to convey through the book of Acts? 

There are a lot of BIG ideas in Acts.  The Baptism in the Holy Spirit, the growth of the church, the theology of what church is, the theology of missions, etc.  But I think that what Luke wanted you to get from his writings was this.  It's all good.  Through the good times and the bad, Jesus never abandoned His people.  He never failed them.  He always had their best interests in mind.  He was always reaching to those who had never accepted Him.  We see a picture of success, but not from our point of view, from Christ's.  The growth and expansion of the church was a natural byproduct of a healthy church that pursued Jesus with all their heart, soul, mind and spirit.

Was like fairer for these followers of Jesus than those who didn't follow Christ? 

The short answer is no.  Look at Paul.  What was fair about being beaten, stoned and flogged?  What was fair about Stephen being martyred or any of the countless others who gave their life for their faith in Jesus?  For some reason people think that if they follow Christ life will be easier.  I suppose in many ways it is.  You don't have to fear death and you know that Jesus will never leave you.  But we get disillusioned when life doesn't cooperate with us.  Luke paints for us a picture of followers whose relationship with Jesus is more valuable than their comfort or personal plans.

What happened to Paul? 

The Bible doesn't tell us how Paul died.  Church history/tradition believes that he was beheaded by Nero.  Some also believe that Nero let him go and Paul traveled to Spain.  However, we would probably have some evidence of that.
Posted by Russ Jones On 10:32 AM
Acts 28:16 - 21

16 And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who guarded him.  17 After three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. 18 When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case. 19 But because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar—though I had no charge to bring against my nation. 20 For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain.” 21 And they said to him, “We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none of the brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you. 22 But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.”

Paul invited Jewish leaders to his residence in Rome.  There were a number of synagogues in Rome at this time, so there could have been a number of Jews there. 

He explains that he has done, nor desires to do anything against them or the law of Moses.  That the local authorities examined my case and desired to set me free, but because of pressure from Jerusalem he was forced to appeal his case to Caesar.  

His point there is to do more than explain his situation, he wants them to see that, "the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain."  In other words, that it is his love for his people and desire to see them discover their faith in Jesus.  

The Jews response was probably a little surprising to Paul.  After all the work that the Jewish leaders did to silence him, it would have been correct to assume that they would pursue him all the way to Rome.  But they hadn't received no word from Jerusalem concerning him.  And as far as Christianity was concerned, they had heard about it, they know that many people spoke against it, but they really didn't understand it.  

As far as Paul is concerned, this is a wonderful opportunity to help the church in Rome and to lead his people to accept Jesus into their own lives.  

23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. 24 And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved. 25 And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:  26  “‘Go to this people, and say, “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” 27  For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ 28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.” 

At a later date the Jews came, in larger numbers to hear Paul speak.  As usual, there were those who believed and others who didn't.  He taught from morning to evening.  But in the end they couldn't come to a consensus whether or not they should continue.  

That is why Paul quotes Isa. 6:9,10. as a final warning.  Basically what Paul is saying is, "If you don't listen, then the Gentiles will."  That isn't to say that if the Jews would have listened, the Gentiles would have never had a chance.  Simply that, Paul wasn't going to waste time trying to convince them of the truth.  He would have to move on.  

30 He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.

While Paul couldn't leave his home, it didn't stop people from coming to listen to him.  We know from Philippians 4:22 that some of Caesar's household accepted Christ into their lives.  We can reasonable assume that the guards to whom Paul was chained to had their own experiences with Christ too.  

This brings our study to an end.  The next two days are set aside to catch up or reflect on what you have read.  I am going to continue to blog the next two days, in reference to the book of Acts, and ask some questions that you can now answer, because you have read the whole book carefully.  
Posted by Russ Jones On 3:24 PM
Acts 28: 1 - 15

1 After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. 2 The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. 3 When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. 4 When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5 He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.  Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him. And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They also honored us greatly, and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.

They are marooned safely on the island of Malta.  (Yes, the same one that you find on the map.)  The natives there were probably decedents of Phoenicians.  In other translations, "native people" is also translated "barbarians".  This doesn't mean that they were a bunch or raging neanderthals, it means that they didn't speak Greek.  These people helped the survivors of this ship wreck by providing them some fire to keep warm by.  

Paul goes out to gather some firewood.  As he is placing the wood on the fire, a poisonous snake bites him.  The locals believe that Paul must have been some kind of murder.  The sea couldn't kill him, but the false goddess name Justice did.  They expected him to swell up and die, which was the normal reaction to this particular snake.  But after some time, he didn't die, therefore the concluded that he must be a god.  

How fickle people can be when they have a weak understanding of God or worship false gods.  They can only interpret what they see, and what they see isn't necessarily the truth.  

The governor of the island was named Plubius.  He welcomed these survivors and cared for them for three days. (Probably until everyone could be relocated to temporary shelter, after all, they will have to stay there for the winter.)  Paul minsters to Plubius' father who is dying from fever and dysentery.  After the fathers healing, the people bring every sick person who will come to be cured also.  

At the end of their stay, the people provided for everything that they needed.  Not just Paul, all 276.  

11 After three months we set sail in a ship that had wintered in the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the twin gods as a figurehead. 12 Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. 13 And from there we made a circuit and arrived at Rhegium. And after one day a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. 14 There we found brothers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome. 15 And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage. 

They board another ship, one with twin gods as figureheads.  This would be the sons of Zeus, Castor and Pollus.  Remember, that even with the spread of Christianity throughout the known world, false gods and religions abound just like they do today.  

From there they go to Syracuse.  After three days they made a circuit (sailing term for tacking against the wind) to Rhegium, located at the tip of Italys boot.  They get a favorable wind and go to Puteoli.  There Paul meets with some fellow Christians there and stays seven days.  Hold it!  I thought that the centurion was in charge.  But after what he has seen, I believe that the centurion is willing to give Paul all the latitude he wants.  Remember, it was Paul that encourage them and told them how to be saved from the storm.  From there they arrive at Rome.  Christians, hearing about the arrival of Paul, come from 30 - 50 miles away to greet him.  

Paul would have been turned over to Nero's guard.  However, Paul was allowed to rent his own place as long as he was lightly chained to a guard.  What do you think it was like to be a guard chained to Paul?  I think that all Paul saw was someone new to lead to Jesus, AND, they couldn't run away.  I wonder if they changed the guard every time that Paul led one to a relationship with Christ?  That would have been a lot of guards!  

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Posted by Russ Jones On 6:10 PM
Acts 27:14-44

14 But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land. 15 And when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. 16 Running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the ship's boat. 17 After hoisting it up, they used supports to undergird the ship. Then, fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the gear, and thus they were driven along. 18 Since we were violently storm-tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo. 19 And on the third day they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.

Well it wasn't long before bad news blew their way.  A violent wind, like a hurricane, blew against them.  No matter what the sailors did, they couldn't steer the boat in the right direction.  Eventually they had to let it go and go with it.  

Even when they ran south of an island called Cauda, it didn't help.  They brought the life boat aboard and tied ropes around the ship to keep it from falling apart.  I think that you get the picture here of how bad things are getting.  

Now that they are headed in the wrong direction, took action to try to change their course.  They do not want to land in the quicksand of Syrtis, so they let the wind blow them in another direction, any direction will be better than that - or will it.  

It seems that we can learn a lot from this.  When we don't follow the will of God in our lives, we tend to be blown off course.  Then instead of staying put, we try to run somewhere else for a while.  But when that doesn't work out, we end up being blowing in the direction of certain doom.  So then we will take action to keep that from happening?  Have you ever seen someone live their life this way? 

The next day the storm is still blowing and they are in big trouble.  They start throwing everything overboard.  Wheat, furniture, tackle, everything.  Some suppose that by verse 20 that they have been at sea for 11 days.  Whatever it is, hope for survival is dim. 

21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. 22 Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we must run aground on some island.” 27 When the fourteenth night had come, as we were being driven across the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. 28 So they took a sounding and found twenty fathoms. A little farther on they took a sounding again and found fifteen fathoms. 29 And fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come. 30 And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, and had lowered the ship's boat into the sea under pretense of laying out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.” 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the ship's boat and let it go. 33 As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing. 34 Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” 35 And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat. 36 Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves. 37 (We were in all 276 persons in the ship.) 

These 276 people hadn't eaten in quite a while.  Probably seasick.  Or probably sick from watching people getting seasick.  Then Paul declares that if anyone would have listened to him, they would be in this mess (he isn't saying I told you so, but I bet they will listen to him now) but that an angel had come to tell him that he was going to stand before Caesar, that the ship would be destroyed, but that everyone was going to live.  

Now, 2 weeks into this storm, (Yikes!) the sailors felt that they were getting closer to land.  They would throw out a weighted rope, that would sink to the bottom.  Then they would measure the rope. At first they were 120 feet deep, then 90 feet.  They threw out 4 anchors and prayed ( a better word here would be wished ) for day to come.  

The sailors are now thinking that they had better save themselves.  So under the pretense that they are casting another anchor at the back of the ship, they are letting down the life boat.  Paul tells the centurion that if they leave the ship, they will die.  As it turns out, they need these sailors to help them run the ship aground in the right place.  The centurion gives the order and the life boat is released.  

Paul then encourages everyone to get something to eat.  You're about to go for a swim.  He takes some bread, gives thanks, breaks it up and beings to eat.  Everyone else follows suit. 

38 And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.  39 Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf. 42 The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. 43 But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.

Dinner was served to the people and the cargo was served to the sea.  Lighten the boat as much as possible so they can get as close to land as possible.  The sailors shut the anchors, turn the rudder loose, and raised the sail.  Pointed it in the direction of a beach and struck a reef on the way there.  The ship begins to break up and everyone begins to abandon ship.  

Now the soldiers are thinking for themselves.  If they let these prisoners escape, it will be their heads, literally.  So they seek permission to kill the prisoners.  But the centurion didn't want to kill Paul, so he doesn't give the order.  Instead he tells everyone, swim if you can.  Find something to float on.  But get to shore.  In the end everyone makes it, but as Paul has promised, the ship was a total loss.  

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Posted by Russ Jones On 5:44 PM
Acts 26:19-27:13

19 “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. 21 For this reason the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. 22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

He tells the King that he was not going to disobey Jesus in the vision that He received.  FYI - vision here means literal appearing, not some kind of dream state.  

He declares that he has been talking to Jews and Gentiles all over the place.  That they should repent of their sins, change their minds, follow God and do what what He asks of them (good works).  It is because of this message (not the other trumped up stuff they are harping about) that motivates them to want him dead.  

Paul now testifies to the glory of Christ that everything he is talking about was prophesied in the Old Testament.  There would be a suffering Savior that would die for them, but be resurrected from the dead and that person would show people the real way to live their lives and gain eternal life in heaven.

24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” 25 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.” 28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” 29 And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.”

Festus didn't respond well to all of this.  But then again, most people who feel conviction can have a bad reaction to it at first.  He calls Paul a madman.  How many times have we been called "crazy" for our faith in Jesus.  Paul tells him that He isn't out of his mind, but rather that he is speaking the revealed Word of God.  Words that are inspired by the Holy Spirit, words that are true and good.  

Paul then points out that the king knows exactly what he is talking about.  Jesus' death and resurrection are a public event, know to all.  Paul asks the king if he believes the prophets, then answers the question for him - he does.  If he is Jewish then he has to believe. 

Agrippa then figures out what is going on.  Paul is trying to lead him proclaim Jesus as his Savior.  He rejects his attempt to convert him but Paul is stubborn if anything.  His answer is a beautiful one.  Whether it takes a long or short time I would that everyone who will hear me will follow Jesus like I am.  Except of course, the chains he is locked up in.  

30 Then the king rose, and the governor and Bernice and those who were sitting with them. 31 And when they had withdrawn, they said to one another, “This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment.” 32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

Agrippa says what others have been thinking all along.  Paul is innocent and should have been sent free.  If he hadn't asked to see Caesar he would have been.  At this time in the Roman empire, it isn't illegal to be a Christians.  As far as Agrippa see this, Caesar will just set him free.  

1 And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius. 2 And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica. 3 The next day we put in at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him leave to go to his friends and be cared for. 4 And putting out to sea from there we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. 5 And when we had sailed across the open sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia. 6 There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy and put us on board. 7 We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to go farther, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. 8 Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.

Paul and some other prisoners are transferred to the custody of a centurion named Julius.  They are going to leave port and head up the coast of Asia Minor.  Luke apparently books passage too so he can stay with Paul as well as Aristarchus, a believer from Thessalonica.  At Sidon Julius allow Paul to go see his friends and be cared for.  Whatever anyone could do for the prisoners was one less thing the centurion had to do for them.  

From there they set out to the island of Cyprus.  However, the winds were not in their favor.  They switched to a wheat ship from Egypt that was heading to Rome.  But even as that ship sailed, it could not reach it destination.  Eventually they reached a place called "Good Harbors" near the city of Lasea. 

9 Since much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” 11 But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said. 12 And because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.  13 Now when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to the shore.

All of these westerly winds had wasted time.  It was early October (the Fast was over) and everyone knew that it was a dangerous time of the year to be sailing.  He has already been in three ship wrecks, so as an expert he tells those in charge that if they continue sail they will lose everything.  

So much for listening to experts in ship wrecks.  The Captain and pilot convinced the centurion that they could winter in a place called Phoenix and winter there.  When a favorable wind began to blow, they set sail. 

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