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To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 28:1-15.

After the ship wrecked on which Paul and his friends were traveling to Rome, the people of Malta, the island where they swam to, showed great kindness to the survivors (Acts 28:1, 2). Paul did not sit down and expect everything to be done for him (the centurion may have made Paul work), but he gathered wood for fire, and then a viper attached to a stick, leapt off the wood and bit Paul, staying attached to him (Acts 28:3). Look what the rescuers concluded, “So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, ‘No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live'” (Acts 28:4). However, Paul shook off the creature and nothing happened to him (Acts 28:5-6). When nothing happened to Paul, they changed their opinion 180& ordm; and concluded he was a god!

Listen to people switch their opinions. It can go the other way also. They can conclude someone is a god and then decide he is a criminal. Therefore, do not let their criticisms destroy you and do not swallow their compliments, for later they may reverse their minds.

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