Give Thanks Give thanks with a grateful heart, Give thanks to the Holy One; Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son. Repeat And now let the weak say, “I am strong,” Let the poor say, “I am rich because of What the Lord has done for us!” Repeat Give thanks…Give thanks…Give thanks! Chapter Divisions 1. Acts 11:19-30 – During persecution God prospered the church in Antioch. 2. Acts 12:1-5 – During persecution the Word of God grew and multiplied. 3. Acts 12: 6-25 – During persecution God frees Peter and Herod gets his due. Acts 11:19-30 During Persecution God prospered the church in Antioch. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22 “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” Acts 12:1-5 During persecution the Word of God grew and multiplied. “He killed James the brother of John with the sword.” Rachel Joy Scott Hebrews 11:34-38 “Some faced jeers and flogging, while others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated –the world was not worthy of them.” Acts 12:6-25 During persecution God frees Peter and Herod gets his due. Peter is freed by an Angel of the Lord. Whom Shall I Fear I know who goes before me. I know who stands behind. The God of Angel Armies is always by my side. Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present not the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Isaiah 43:1-3 “But now, this is what the LORD says – he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name: YOU ARE MINE. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Fear not, for God is with you!