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JAIL BREAK! Text Version
by Linda Sue Pochodzay Edwards


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"What's that noise I hear?"

"What noise?"

"THAT noise! Don't you hear it? It's a strange sound. I haven't heard noise like that in a long time."

"Uh, do you mean that weird humming sound coming from the other end of the hall?"

"Yeah, that's it! I think it sounds like somebody is singing down there, but who in their right mind would be singing in a place like this?"

"NOBODY! It's cold. It's dark. It's damp. We don't get enough food to eat. And the little bit of food we do get, the rats try to snatch right out of our hands. It's awful in here!"

Man holding onto prison bars in window

"Well, we ARE in jail, remember?"

"Yes! That's exactly what I mean! Who can find anything to sing about in a rotten place like this?"

"You don't think we are just 'hearing things' do you? Maybe we've been in here so long that we think the buzzing of the crawling bugs sounds like singing."

"No, I'm SURE I hear people singing!"

"Well, why don't you ask the guard when he comes by to check the locks. They do that every night, you know. That's the only way I even know it's night. It's dark all the time in this horrible place."

"You want ME to ask the guard? I can't ask the guard! The last time I tried to ask him anything, he took my pillow. Now I have to lay my head on this hard floor."

"Oh, all right then. I'll ask him. I'm not afraid of him. Besides, I don't have a pillow for him to take, and I'm a Roman citizen so I know that even if he gets mad, at least he can't beat me."

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"GUARD! HEY, GUARD!"

"Huh? What do you want? HOW DARE you bother me when I'm checking locks?!?!"

"We just wanted to know what that strange sound is. It sounds like somebody singing."

"Yes! It's singing all right! It's those two crazy, new guys that came in earlier today. They're driving me crazy. I don't understand it at all. Their names are Paul and Silas and they call themselves Christians.

"They got beaten and thrown in jail for teaching people about that Jewish man named Jesus. All they have to do to get out of this place is to quit teaching about Jesus. But, NO - they won't do that. They would rather sit in this cold, dark, nasty jail. It sure doesn't make any sense to me! That's why I came do7n to this end. All they do down there is sing, sing, sing. Then they pray, pray, pray. Then they sing, sing, sing some more. It is irritating me and really getting on my nerves. I JUST CAN'T STAND IT ANY LONGER!

"HEY! WAIT A MINUTE! Why am I talking to you lousy prisoners? I've got work to do. You two are lucky I'm in a good mood today!"

The guard gruffly went about his business and the prisoners were left to wonder about Paul and Silas.

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The singing continued on, and on, and on. The longer they sang, the louder it became. It was already midnight and they were still singing. It was becoming quite clear that NO ONE would be getting any sleep that night - with, or without a pillow!

SUDDENLY, the prisoners were gripped with fear.

Man holding onto prison bars in window

"WHOA! WHAT WAS THAT?"

"Did I really feel the ground move?"

"OH, NO! I think the walls are shaking too!"

"That's an awfully weird noise I hear, and I'm NOT talking about those guys singing down there."

"Listen to the clinking and the clanking! I think this whole building is going to come down on top of us and we are all going to be buried under a pile of rubble."

"HELP! HELP! SOMEBODY GET US OUT OF HERE!!!"

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When the earthquake was over, everyone breathed a deep sigh of relief and looked around. The walls had not fallen on top of them and no one was hurt. The really odd thing was that all the chains had fallen off the hands and feet of the prisoners. They were free to go, but they all just stood there, looking around in astonishment.

Ball and chain

The guard had somehow found a way to sleep through the entire ordeal. When he awoke, he was very afraid. He saw that the chains were lying on the ground, and he thought the prisoners had escaped. He was sure he was in big, big trouble.

Paul saw how fearful the guard was and called out to him. "Don't be afraid. Everything is all right. We are all here. No one tried to escape."

The guard looked up in disbelief. They had their chance to get out of that dingy, dirty jail, but they didn't leave? He was very puzzled about it all.

He called for someone to get him a light so he could see for himself. He counted the prisoners. Sure enough. They were all there.

He was still trembling when he ran over to Paul and Silas.

"Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" he asked.

They replied, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved."

The guard was so happy! He took Paul and Silas to his very own house. He gently cleaned the wounds they had received from the beating. Then he gave them good food to eat and a nice place to rest.

The next morning the guard had great news. He told Paul and Silas that he had permission to set them free.

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THINK!

Why were Paul and Silas thrown in prison?
Why were they able to sing joyfully in that awful jail?



REMEMBER:

Even on the worst days and in the worst situations, you can still sing and have joy in your heart.



A VERSE TO LEARN

"I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live" (Psalm 104:33).



LET'S PRAY

Dog and boy praying

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Dear Jesus, thank You for being with us in every
situation. Help us to remember that we can be
joyful no matter what happens, because we know You
love us and care for us very much. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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CAN YOU FIND THIS STORY IN THE BIBLE?
Acts 16:16-35


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JUST FOR FUN

Giving Thanks (online jigsaw puzzle)
Test Your Knowledge of Paul
Singing in Jail (audio story)


crafts

Make a Paul and Silas in Prison Craft
Bible Crafts & More (Ages 6-8)
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God With...Craft Series
Praise God with a Paper Plate (PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12 (Reproducible)
Children's Crafts & Hobbies


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Salvation Challenge Board Game
Paul and Silas Fill-in-the-Blank
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Amazing Bible Mazes
Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
Memory Verse Games for Kids (Take Me Through the Bible Series)
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles (Reproducible)
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1 (Gospel Light Big Books)
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
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crayons

Paul, Silas, and the Jailer
I Will Sing
Color the Bible Verse
Bible Heroes Paul Coloring Book (Christian Focus)
People in the Life of Paul (Bible Colour and Learn)
Story of Paul (Bible Colour and Learn)

What God Says Salvation (What God Says Series)
God Loves Me Coloring Pages

God Loves You Coloring Book:
A Read-aloud Coloring Book About God's Plan for Salvation


Bible Story Coloring Pages V2 (Reproducible)
Jesus Teaches Me Coloring Book
New Testament Bible Story Cards Coloring Book
My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)
Children's Coloring Books
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Acts of the Apostles Bible Story Songs
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100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs
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100 Singalong Songs For Kids (Cedarmont)
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs (Veggie Tales)
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Greatest Heroes: The Apostles DVD
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The Jesus Storybook Bible : Every Story Whispers His Name
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God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
What's in the Bible? Vol. 11: Acts—Spreading the Good News
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4 Important Things Every Kid Should Know
A Jailer Is Set Free (Happy Day Books)
Jailhouse Rock (Arch Books)
Being a Christian: a Study Book for Children
Blinded: The Story of Paul the Apostle (Graphic Novel)
Paul: Journeys of Adventure
Plan of Salvation for Children (Bookmark)
Early Reader's Bible
Paul & Silas Are Imprisoned (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Paul's Life and Journeys
The Philippian Jailer
The Children's Illustrated Bible
365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories (Barbour Publishing)
Baby's First Bible
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
God's Love for You Bible Storybook
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Toddler's Bible
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Apostle Paul
How to be born again
Paul The Emissary DVD (Drama)
Peter & Paul DVD
On the Way 9-11s curriculum (The Early Church)
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801 Questions Kids Ask About God (Focus on the Family)
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God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
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How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Award Bibles
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Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids (Kay Arthur)
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
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Opening Prayer
Parenting
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
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Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh Ideas
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Talking to God (Instant Bible Lessons)
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Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives (by Howard Hendrickss)
The Big Book of Bible Skits
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Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
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