Prayer: May your wake-up call help us to turn our attention to you, Lord. Amen.
Reading: Acts 16:16-34 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: In recent weeks, we’ve been reading stories from Acts about the early work of the apostles. They’ve some incredible acts, including performing miracles like Jesus did when he was on earth.
In today’s story, we see two scenes. We see Paul casting out demons in a slave girl that was following him around and we see Paul and Silas in prison, getting out after an earthquake. Seeing that big sign, the jailer rushes to get baptized and his family is baptized as well.
Are there big events in your life that has made you want to turn toward God? It may be in the action of another or it may be something big like a natural disaster. Sometimes, I think God sends us a “wake-up” call to remind us that we need to turn out attention to God. We see that in our story today and we can see that in our lives now. –Chad Hershberger
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