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John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm

Sunday, October 21, 2012

When Things Look Like They’re Falling Apart

series: Help for Hard Times

When Things Look Like They’re Falling Apart

MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 125:1 (NKJV) Those who trust in the Lord, Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

Text: Acts 27:1-44

Acts 27:10; 2 Corinthians 11:25; Isaiah 28:16


a.    Relying on Expert Opinion Acts 27:9–11

b.     Depending on Popular opinion Acts 27:12
c.    Assuming that the time is right Acts 27:13

d.    Go with the flow Acts 27:15–17
 If your adversaries are stronger than you, it is better to join the adversaries.”

 “If you can’t beat them, join them.”

e.    Throw in the towel. Acts 27:18–20; 38, 43–44
“Throwing in the towel is, in boxing terms, an acknowledgement of defeat.”--Wikipedia

2.    Biblical Coping Skills during Crisis:
a.    Prayer Acts 27:29; Psalm 125:1

b.    Divine Encouragement Acts 27:22–26; Hebrews 13:5;  Isaiah 41:10; 43:1–5

c.    Have Faith in God’s Word Acts 27:24–25; Romans 15:4

d.    Refresh and refill Acts 27:34–35

e.    Get rid of liabilities. Acts 27:38; Hebrews 12:1

3.    Lessons in Retrospect:
a.    Ignoring God’s instruction often lead to disaster.
b.    Crisis often reveals our character.
c.    God works through our moment of crisis.
 “The worst storms cannot hide the face of God or hinder the purposes of God.” --Warren W. Wiersbe
d.    There are opportunities of service in crisis Romans 8:28

CONCLUSION: Psalm 125:1