Weekday Boost June 16 

New Testament: Acts 16:22-40

 22The mob rose as one person against them, and the Magistrates stripped them of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 23After beating them severely, the Magistrates put them in prison, with orders to the jailer to keep them in safe custody. 24On receiving so strict an order, the Governor put them into the inner cell, and secured their feet in the stocks. 25About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and while the prisoners were listening to them, 26suddenly there was an earthquake of such violence that the jail was shaken to its foundations; all the doors flew open, and all the prisoners’ chains were loosened. 27Roused from his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, the Governor drew his sword intending to kill himself, in the belief that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul called our loudly, “Do not harm yourself; we are all here.” 

 29Calling for a light, the Governor rushed in, and flung himself trembling at the feet of Paul and Silas. 30Then he led them out, and said, “What must I do to be saved?” 

 31“Believe in Jesus, our Lord,” they replied, “and you will be saved, you and your household too.” 32Then they spoke to him of God’s message, and to all his household as well. 33And that very hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds, and he himself and everyone belonging to him were baptized without delay. 34Afterward he took them up to his house and set before them something to eat, rejoicing that he, with all his household, had come to believe in God. 

 35In the morning the Magistrates sent the police with an order for the men to be discharged. 36The jailer told Paul of his instructions. “The Magistrates have sent an order for your discharge,” he said, “so you had better leave the place at once and go quietly away.” 

 37But Paul’s answer to them was, “They have flogged us in public without trial, though we are Roman citizens, and they have put us in prison, and now they are for sending us out secretly! No, indeed! Let them come and take us out themselves.” 38The police reported his words to the Magistrates, who, on hearing that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, were alarmed, 39and went to the prison, and did their best to conciliate them. Then they took them out, and begged them to leave the city. 40When Paul and Silas left the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, and, after they had seen the Lord’s followers, and encouraged them, they left the place.

Prayer Friday: Prayers for Fathers and to our Father in Heaven.

Hymn for the Day: Faith of our fathers, living still 

Author: Frederick William Faber (1849) 

1 Faith of our fathers! living still 
in spite of dungeon, fire, and sword; 
oh, how our hearts beat high with joy 
whene'er we hear that glorious word! 
Faith of our fathers, holy faith! 
We will be true to thee till death! 

2 Faith of our fathers! we will strive 
to win all nations unto thee, 
and through the truth that comes from God, 
the world shall then be truly free: 
faith of our fathers, holy faith! 
We will be true to thee till death! 

3 Faith of our fathers! we will love 
both friend and foe in all our strife; 
and preach thee, too, as love knows how, 
by kindly words and virtuous life: 
faith of our fathers, holy faith! 
We will be true to thee till death!

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