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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 23, 2019

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FRIDAY, August 23

Acts 25:12 Then Festus, after he had conferred with his council, replied, “You have appealed to the emperor; to the emperor you shall go.”

Herod the Great built Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean coast—a fancy summer home with breezes and access to sea. The ruins of this harbor city are still there: the commercial port, theater, aqueduct, and the palace of the Roman procurator, which was at one point the home of Festus and Pontius Pilate. Caesarea Maritima was the real deal. Here, Paul defended his life, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and his own Roman citizenship.

I stood in the midst of this ruined city one day, my back to the Mediterranean—and to Rome. I felt the sea spray as waves crashed behind me. I looked east across the plaza, still surrounded by ancient columns, and I could have sworn I saw Paul standing on the vibrant blue tile. I imagined him facing Rome and demanding justice. What a blessing to be in the presence of such history.

MOVING FORWARD: Do some research on Caesarea Maritima. See if you can imagine Paul in that place, too.

PRAY for the Diocese of Sapele (Nigeria)

Ps 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12) | 2 Samuel 19:24-43 Acts 24:24—25:12 | Mark 12:35-44

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