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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Here Paul is getting to do his thing as he wanted to do when he was so mistreated by the religious leaders and even left for dead. King Agrippa and Festus felt like if Paul had not appealed to Caesar he would have not been bound up by the governor as a prisoner to go before Caesar. This is so much like many people they want their way and sure enough they have to pay a price.  
Acts 27 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Voyage to Rome Begins
27 And when it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment. Here he is a prisoner being contained by Julius a centurion of the Augustan Regiment. He is being watched by a professional guard of prisoners under the authority of Julius.So, entering a ship of Adramyttium, we put to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia. Here they are on the way to a sea port in Africa where they were taking merchandise or goods to the area.  Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us. We see there are others traveling as prisoner and members of the crew managing the ship, so they had a good number of people aboard. (276) Paul knew some of the travelers, so I am sure being among these prisoners and the crew of the ship He had a burning testimony or what God did and was still doing in his life. And the next day we landed at Sidon. This was not too far from where they departed so they must have had a big load and rough sea.  And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care. Thank the Lord for what was going on for this Julius could have known what Paul had been through, since he was one of the guards in charge of the Prisoners, so has mercy toward him. Thank the Lord for the assurance the Lord gives us during times of great frustration, God makes Himself known to us. While in Sidon, Paul was able to go see his friends, now that is liberty, knowing he would not desert, but come back to continue on. Lord help us to see even in suffering you are with us. Here Paul is trusted as a prisoner to do what he was supposed to do. When we had put to sea from there, we sailed under the shelter of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. Here we see all are back in the ship and they headed off again with a strong wind blowing. They are doing the best they can as sailors, not giving up going on.   And when we had sailed over the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy, and he put us on board. Here we see them having to change ships, no doubt a bigger stronger ship. Alexandrian ships where used the most to transport corn to Rome and East India at the Red Sea to all parts of the Mediterranean and Italy.
When we had sailed slowly many days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to proceed, we sailed under the shelter of Crete off Salmone. This was a voyage that was very difficult under the windy conditions but they sailed on with much difficulty. It is like as Christians, life has a way of being very stormy, but God allows us to carry on, knowing as we abide in Him, we are safe and sound. Passing it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea. What a harbor Fair Heaven was, for it was a pleasant place when faced with storms. As Christians, we are not at home, but when we are abiding in the Lord it is going to be ok. Storms are going to be a part of our lives and God is going to allow us to endure and find rest in the most difficult of circumstance until our final resting place in Heaven
Paul’s Warning Ignored
Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.” This was a bad time for sailing and Paul being the spokesman and leader was speaking up, letting them know he understands this was the time of Fasting during a religious festival, until it is over the day of atonement, the Jews celebrated September the 20th and here we are in for a disaster and much loss of cargo and life.  Here every one was going to suffer ill, not favorites. 11 Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul. Here the Centurion was more inclined to listen to the helmsman and the owner of the ship than to Paul. They felt Paul was not aware of how ships work, but here they are sea ware fairing men. So, Paul was not believed and they continued on. Remember Paul was very used to traveling in these waters as a missionary to the 7 Churches several times. He knew what he was talking about yet they continued. Notice how many respect ministers, but do not take their advice. 12 And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail from there also, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete opening toward the southwest and northwest, and winter there. How many times have we made decisions without the full knowledge of what could take place and here they must of taken a vote to see what they should do and the majority said, lets set sail where we have the most protection from the land masses.
In the Tempest
13 When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete. Here they are all at ease seeing a soft wind blowing, not bad at all and they are no doubt comfortable in going on and come close to this little Island of Crete. I am sure we are living in a time with the storms of life are raging like I have never seen before. 14 But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon.[a]  Here they are just getting started storm Euroclydon, so called for its turbulence going in circles, like a whirlwind, is upon them. And the ship is caught up in it. 15 So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let herdrive. What a paralyzing feeling the ship is helpless and out of control, controlled by the wind. It is so easy to be carried about with the wind of many doctrines thinking man can set their own doctrines and wanting all Churches to come together regardless of what they believe. This is affecting the Churches around the world as ISIS and the United Council of Churches are opening their doors to anyone regardless of the evil they may be engaged in. Lord help us to see the way, truth and life contained in your word and believe, repent and turn going toward the storm, to keep pressing on. 16 And running under the shelter of an island called Clauda,[b] we secured the skiff with difficulty. Here they are seen working feverishly to take down the sails, so there is no resistance to the wind and they can go where ever the wind takes them. It like so many things we get caught up in and the wickedness is going to capsizes our lives leaving us a wreck. The wages of sin is death so Lord help us to understand the importance of staying put in the vine; Jesus. 17 When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the Syrtis[c] Sands, they struck sail and so were driven.Here they are doing all they could possible do to secure the ship from letting it break apart and end up on the shores. They continued on out to sea thinking that is the safest place to be. As most ships in the harbor during the storm set out to sea, to prevent them from battering themselves in the ports tied up. We saw this in Hawaii during a hurricane on our 25th wedding anniversary.  So here they are in the open seas still tempest tossed.  18 And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship. Here they are wanting to make sure the load is lightened up, so begin to toss more things over board.

Acts 26
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Friday, 24 March 2017

Here we are seeing Paul on the bench getting what he wanted finally in 
Acts 26New King James Version (NKJV)
26 1Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” What a relief to know he has a hearing as Agrippa is asking him to tell what brings him here.
So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself: “I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently. Notice he comes to Agrippa showing his gratitude for letting him speak, he is raising his hand as if to say, thanks King Agrippa for your giving me the opportunity to tell what I have been through and accused of as a Jew. Some one that was born into the Kingdom of God being a Jew. So, King I beg you to hear me out. What a request that took a lot of courage, for he was asking for time and He was allowed now to speak of the way, truth and life he was experiencing.
“My manner of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know. Here he begins with what he went through as a child and was a blessing for he was created with a mind that excelled in what he was doing, having grown up in a Jewish home where he had a sharp mind dedicated to working at what his hands found to do. We are all individuals and it seems like still today we are products of what we were taught as children and He was taught the strictest of religions as the country was ruled by Rome. So he grew up wanting to be the best he could possibly be, as he worked at becoming successful. He was taught by the smartest of teachers,  Gamaliel one of the finest and smartest of the Pharisees.
 They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. I lived as a Pharisee, one devoted to being the best he could be. He was not just a fishermen like the Lord called into minister. He did not say this, but it was implied as he was a part of the Pharisees better than anyone else and they knew it. Fair I see, really only interested in what they wanted to see happen and even forced it upon others by wanting to get rid of all other religious forces. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers. Now here I am being judged for having my hope in God and not a religion or government. Now I have a promise that if I abide in Him I will be able to produce good fruit that benefits all regardless of where they are born.To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving Godnight and day, hope to attain. Here he is showing that he was a part of one of the twelve tribes and doing all he could to make sure he was working to attain to what God expected of Him, rather than what the king wanted him to be.
 For this hope’s sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. King Agrippa that is the reason people are accusing me of being against you. I have my hope in God for He is the one that allowed be to regain my sight so I now can and will do what I can’t, He can. Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead? You know King Agrippa God raised Himself and the dead and can raise up a new life anywhere. 
“Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Here I was caught up with doing just the opposite, for I was zealous in making sure the dead stayed dead. But I had an experience as I was headed with a letter from the authorities to round up and persecute the followers of Christ. 10 This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Here I did this in Jerusalem, where the saints where gathered to take them captive and even put to death like Stephen which I witnessed with glee. 11 And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities. Here he is gloating over how bad he was, even making them blaspheme. This reminds me of what we are seeing with the Brotherhood that makes up ISIS, as they are out to destroy all works of God. It is strange to me how history repeats itself so often. Lord help us to learn when we forsake you, we suffer the consequences. Help us to make sure we stay connected to the vine, so we can bear good fruit like John 15 tells us to. 
Paul Recounts His Conversion
12 “While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. Here Paul really get into what happen to him, as he continues telling about his conversion. Here he is under authority of the chief priest and it is high noon a light shined, from heaven brighter than anything I have ever seen and even those with me saw it.

Acts 25
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Friday, 10 March 2017

Acts 25New King James Version (NKJV)
In the 24th chapter we saw Flex procrastinated in wanting to meet with Paul and now some 2 years later we see Felex in charge and Paul Appeals to Caesar
25 Now when Festus had come to the province, after three days he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem. It does not take Flex long before he wants to know what is going in his domain and in Jerusalem finds out there is this person by the name of Paul that wants to see him in Caesarea.  Now there is a group of people that did not like what Paul was saying and doing. Then the high priest[a] and the chief men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they petitioned him, asking a favor against him, that he would summon him to Jerusalem—while they lay in ambush along the road to kill him. The enemy is working overtime to make sure he is in control so these religious leaders petition him for a favor so that they might get rid of this trouble maker. It is strange how people do not like the truth and are still doing all they can to stop what is right .But Festus answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself was going there shortly. Festus was not will to let even the Priest tell him what to do for he is now in charge.igh Priest tell him what to do  “Therefore,” he said, “let those who have authority among you go down with me and accuse this man, to see if there is any fault in him.” Here we see Festus takes things into his own hands and asks those in authority to come with him that want to accuse Paul of wrong doing. Here he was not going to let them have their way but took charge himself over what was going on.
And when he had remained among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea. To spend ten days in Jerusalem gave him a good picture of what was happening in his area.  And the next day, sitting on the judgment seat, he commanded Paul to be brought. Now we see Flex command Paul to be bought to the judgement seat. He is doing what he feels is necessary at this time.  When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood about and laid many serious complaints against Paul, which they could not prove, while he answered for himself, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.” So here we see Paul on the witness stand here his accusers are laying many charges against Paul that they cannot prove and Paul is telling his side of the story show he is not against the law of the Jews or the temple or even against the government. He showed he was not offensive at all, but very much wanting to help. But Festus, wanting to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there be judged before me concerning these things?” Here we see Festus again show he is in charge and asks Paul a pointed question? Are you will to go with me to Jerusalem to be judged before me concerning all these acquisition’s? 10 So Paul said, “I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you very well know. Paul is quick to respond for he is sure of who he is and that God is going to be with him as he is abiding in the Lord’s protection. He is assured of who he is. e is assured of who he isH11 For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.” What a statement for he is showing his life is more important to die for doing what is right for in dying he will meet with his God so I am appealing to Caesar 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, “You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!” Festus confreres with the High Priest to make sure he was doing what was right said if that is what you want Paul that what we will do send you to Caesar.

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