October 1: Security

October 1

I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, O LORD,
make me dwell in safety.
–Psalms 4:8

But whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.
–Proverbs 1:33

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
–Psalms 46:1
But whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.
–Proverbs 1:33


Acts Chapter Fourteen


1 When they were at Iconium both Paul

And Barnabas went to a synagogue,

As was their customary practice. There


They spoke so well that many Jews and Gentiles

Believed, 2 but Jews who would not put their faith

In Christ stirred up the Gentiles, poisoning


Their minds against the brothers. 3 Therefore Paul

And Barnabas remained and spent much time

There, speaking boldly for the Lord, who proved


The message of his grace by giving them

The power to perform great miracles.

4 The city people were divided; some


Sided with Jews, and others with th’apostles.

Among the Gentiles and the Jews, along

With their authorities, 5 there was a plot


Afoot to raid their place and stone them, 6 but

They learned of it and fled to cities, Lystra

And Derbe of Lyconia, as well


As the surrounding area, 7 where they

Continued preaching the good news. 8 In Lystra

There sat a man with crippled feet: He had


Never walked, for he had been lame from birth.

9 As Paul preached, he was listening, and Paul

Looked straight at him, saw he had healing faith,


10 And called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that,

The man jumped up and started walking. 11 When

The crowd there saw what Paul had done, they cried


In the Lycaonian dialect, “The gods

Have come to us in human form!” 12 They called

Barnabas Zeus, and Paul, because he was


Chief speaker, they called Hermes. 13 Zeus’s priest,

Who had a temple just outside the town,

Brought bulls and wreaths down to the city gates


To offer sacrifices unto them

Before the masses, 14 but when Barnabas

And Paul got wind of this, they tore their clothes,


Rushed out into the crowd and shouted: 15 “Men,

Why are you doing this? We’re only men,

Human like you, and we are bringing you


The good news telling you to turn away

From vanities and to the living God,

Who made the heaven and the earth and sea


And everything in them. 16 In days gone by,

He let all nations go in their own way.

17 Nevertheless he has not left himself


Without a witness: He has shown his kindness

By giving you the rain from heaven and

Crops in their seasons; he provides you with


Plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

18 Even with these words, they had trouble keeping

The crowd from sacrificing unto them.


19 Later some Jews arrived from Antioch

And from Iconium and won the crowd

Over to them: They stoned Paul and dragged him


Outside the city, thinking he was dead,

20 But after the disciples had regrouped,

He got up and went back inside the city.


The next day he and Barnabas departed

For Derbe, 21 where they preached the good news, winning

Many disciples, then they went back to


Lystra, Iconium and Antioch,

22 Making disciples strong, encouraging

Them to continue in the faith. “We must


Go through much tribulation to go in

God’s kingdom,” they said. 23 Paul and Barnabas

Appointed elders for them in each church.


With prayer and fasting, he committed them

Unto the Lord, in whom they put their trust.

                   24 After they traveled through Pisidia,


They reached Pamphylia 25 and preached again

In Perga, then went to Attalia.

26 Finally they sailed back to Antioch,


Where they had been committed to the grace

Of God for work that they had now completed.

27 Upon arrival there, they brought the church


Together, telling what God had done through them

And how the faith was spreading to the Gentiles,

28 And they remained there long with the disciples.