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It was midnight, though they could not tell what time it was where they were. Their ankles were secured and legs stretched out so that their bodies were forced to lie uncomfortably on their backs on the cold, damp prison floor. This damp floor was found in the inner prison where no natural light could find its way. The air was foul and still, reeking with the odors of the other prisoners before them, for they were cut off from fresh air as well as light. Their bodies undoubtedly still stung from the severe beating they had taken not long before their confinement.
Many men might break under these conditions if they had to endure them for very long. Their spirits would be broken. But Paul and Silas not only endured these conditions but bore under them with an amazingly supernatant attitude. Whatever sounds may have filled the prison--moaning or crying, the seeping of water from the walls and floors, or the sounds of a rat chewing in the corner--new sounds would be heard. Paul and Silas broke into these old sounds with the new and surprising sounds of prayer and praise (Acts 16:22-25). . . .
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Most of the time when we speak of peer pressure it is when cautioning young people of the dangers of evil companions...These lessons are badly needed because today it seems that peer pressure among young people is stronger than it has ever been before.
But does peer pressure cease when one becomes an adult? Just because we are no longer teenagers do we no longer have to concern ourselves with what kind of companions we keep? Sometimes, I am afraid, we let our thinking run along these lines. We would do well to observe what happened to great men of God when faced with peer pressure. . . .
Be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do geat things.
Hymn Of Joy
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
Praising Thee their sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Centre of unbroken praise:
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Blooming meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain,
Call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring of the joy of living,
Ocean-depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, --
All who live in love are Thine:
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the Joy Divine.
Mortals join the mighty chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father-love is reigning o'er us,
Brother-love binds man to man.
Ever singing march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife;
Joyful music lifts us sunward
In the triumph song of life.
Henry Van Dyke
Bible Question of the Week
(All questions come from the Scripture readings.)
Where is the fulness of joy found?
LAST WEEK'S QUESTION AND ANSWER
What can separate us from the love of God?
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38,39).
WEEKLY BIBLE READING SCHEDULE
(Theme: Joy) Monday, July 22 - Eccl. 2:26; Psalm 4:7; 5:11; 16:11; 92:4; Jer. 15:16 Tuesday, July 23 - Neh. 12:43; Job 20:5; Psalm 149:2; Hab. 3:18 Wednesday, July 24 - Palm 27:6; 30:5; 126:5; Jer. 31:9-13 Thursday, July 25 - James 1:2; I Thess. 1:6; Acts 5:41; I Pet. 4:13 Friday, July 26 - Psalm 51:12; Is. 12:1-3; Phil. 4:4; John 16:22
Weekly Memory Verses
Is. 12:3 - Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.