Acts 28, Paul learned that they were on the island of Malta. The people of the island were very kind to them building a bonfire on the beach to welcome and warm us in the rain and cold. As Paul gathered an armful of sticks to lay on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, fastened itself onto his hand! The people of the island saw it hanging there and said to each other, “A murderer, no doubt! Though he escaped the sea, justice will not permit him to live!” But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed. The people waited for him to begin swelling or suddenly fall dead; but when they had waited a long time and no harm came to him, they changed their minds and decided he was a god. Near the shore where we landed was an estate belonging to Publius, the governor of the island. He welcomed us courteously and fed us for three days. As it happened, Publius' father was ill with fever and dysentery. Paul went in and prayed for him, and laying his hands on him, healed him! Then all the other sick people in the island came and were cured. As a result we were showered with gifts,[a] and when the time came to sail, people put on board all sorts of things we would need for the trip. FRIENDS, PAUL WAS A MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL. GOD GAVE HIM GIFTS TO PROVE JESUS IS LORD OF ALL. GO IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND THESE SIGNS WILL FOLLOW YOU! Mark 16:17-18 “And those who believe shall use my authority to cast out demons, and they shall speak new languages.[a] They will be able even to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them; and they will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them.”
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