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June 13, 2018, 9:19 AM

Talking Points: Conflict Resolution & the devil


  • The title is a contradiction in terms because the devil does not want resolution in our lives.
  • Remember that the word resolution is the word solution with the prefix “re”
  • The devil does not want any solution to anything in our lives.
  • Let us first lay a biblical foundation before addressing this topic.
  • Who and what is the devil?
  • Revelation 12:9 shows us that the devil is the dragon, the serpent and satan.
  • Both Isaiah and Ezekiel tell us about Lucifer and his fall.
  • Isaiah 14:12-15 tells us that Lucifer fell and became satan, the devil, the dragon and the serpent.
  • Ezekiel 28:12-15 describes Lucifer before he became satan
  • Ezekiel 28:16-19 shows us how Lucifer became satan and how Lucifer is no more and will never be again.
  • From the moment that Lucifer became the devil he has sinned.
  • What we clearly see from scripture is that the devil is a fallen angel.
  • We see from scriptures that Jesus defeated the devil.
  • Biblically speaking the devil was Lucifer the anointed cherub who sinned and became satan the devil who Jesus defeated making him a defeated fallen angel.
  • Jesus has given to every believer power and authority over the devil and all his cohorts.
  • How does a defeated fallen angel who is under our feet become an issue in conflict resolution? He becomes an issue when we give him place or give him permission.
  • With this biblical knowledge we can clearly see that the devil can only have place in our lives, including conflict when we give it to him.
  • The armor is not given to us to war with flesh and blood but to stand against the devil and his strategies.
  • What is this wonderful armor? Truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation (sozo) and the word of God.
  • What if the real conflict in life is not with other people or the devil?
  • What if our conflict is with God and His word?
  • Then the people said, “Let us make god in the image we want, according to our preferences; let him have dominion when and where we decide.



June 13, 2018, 9:18 AM

Scripture List: Conflict Resolution & the devil


Revelation 12:9

Luke 10:18

Isaiah 14:12-15

Ezekiel 28:11-19

1 John 3:8

John 8:44

Colossians 2:13-15

Hebrews 2:14

Luke 10:19

Matthew 28:18-19

Mark 16:15-18

James 3:16

Ephesians 6:11-13

Romans 3:4

Genesis 1:26




June 6, 2018, 8:08 AM

Talking Points: 7 Steps to Conflict Resolution


Step 1 look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith

  • We need to first have our focus on the Lord. When resolution is our goal then the conflict or our differences will not be our focus.
  • We first resolve the issue with God before we try to resolve the issue with someone else, including our self.
  • When we know what God and His word has to say about it then we can be convinced what the truth is.

Step 2 examining ourselves

  • What is our motive – our reason for our actions? What is our attitude – our beliefs, thoughts, emotions and feelings? What is our approach – the manner that we do what we do?
  • Motive and attitude will determine our approach.
  • If we put God and His word first then love will dominate our motives and attitude and will influence our approach.

Step 3 downsize and de-escalate

  • Do not involve anyone that is not directly involved and don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill.
  • Keep it private and keep it a win/win.

After we have put our focus on the Lord, considered our self and any planks. After we have downsized and de-escalated we are ready to take the fourth step.

Step 4 the other person

  • What is your relationship to the person? A spouse, a parent, a child, a church member?
  • The connection starts the direction for resolution. We don’t treat people like they are our children if they are not our children.

Step 5 timing

  • Timing is about when and how long.
  • Just because we think it is the right time does not mean that it is.
  • God is never going to tell you to interrupt the preaching of His word or the moving of His Spirit.
  • Trying to talk it out when someone is angry can cause more harm.
  • People who drag it out are only trying to get their way. If they liked the results they wouldn’t go on and on.

Step 6 location

  • Where you talk can determine if you will have a resolution or a greater fallout.
  • Remember, you and the other person will live with the memory of that moment and with the benefits or disadvantages.

Step 7 pursue peace

  • The Bible tells us to seek peace and pursue it.
  • When we do good to others God is able to use us to help them in their time of need.
  • Remember “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord



June 6, 2018, 8:07 AM

Scripture List: 7 Steps to Conflict Resolution


Hebrews 12:2

Romans 14:5

Proverbs 3:5-6

Galatians 6:1

John 13:34

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Amos 3:3

1 Timothy 1:8-10

Titus 3:10

Matthew 5:23-25

Matthew 18:15-17

Matthew 7:3

Luke 12:13-14

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Ecclesiastes 3:7b

Luke 11:27

Luke 8:11-12

Psalm 37:8

Proverbs 15:1

Acts 23:19

Acts 23:18-20

Psalm 34:14

Romans 12:17-21




April 25, 2018, 11:40 AM

Talking Points: Children & Healing


  • Everything written about healing in the bible is for children just as much as it is for anyone. All the scriptures written about salvation are just as much for children as they are for anyone.
  • Sozo: saved, healed, delivered, set free, made well, made whole, preserved, protected and caused to prosper.
  • There are 4 specific scripture passages about children and healing. They are “The Nobleman’s Son”, ‘Jairus’ Daughter”, “The Syro-Phoenician’s Daughter” and “The Boy who Is Healed”.
  • In each of the 4 stories a parent of the child came to Jesus seeking healing for their child.
  • In each one the parent and those present had to believe and those who did not believe were either encouraged to believe or they were excluded from the event of healing.
  • Unbelief and doubt will rob people and children of the blessings and provisions of God.
  • People think that if they pray enough their child will be healed. People also believe if they fast and fast enough that their child will be healed. Jesus said “Only Believe!”
  • Prayer has its place and so does fasting but we cannot substitute faith with prayer and fasting.
  • When our children are sick we need to know that God wants them healed.
  • Faith begins where the will of God is known.
  • We can use our God given authority over the enemy and command/demand that the devil and the sickness leave our child. We can speak health to the sick.
  • We can pray for our child’s healing, but we must do so in faith.
  • I never made my children suffer just to prove I had faith. I would rather look like I had no faith at all and get the care my children needed.
  • I tried to raise my children to be dependent on God for their health and healing rather than doctors, hospitals and medicine.
  • But I also raised them to not let the so called “faith issue” to keep them away from them should they need them.
  • One day we all will give account to God. Either at the judgment seat of Christ or the Great White Throne Judgment.
  • What will you say to God when it comes to how you care for your children and their health and healing?



April 25, 2018, 11:39 AM

Scripture List: Children & Healing


2 Corinthians 13:1

Isaiah 53:4-5

Matthew 8:16-17

1 Peter 2:24

Ephesians 2:8-9

John 3:16-17

John 4:46-54

Mark 5:22-24, 35-43

Matthew 9:18-26

Matthew 15:21-28

Mark 7:24-30

Mark 9:14-29

Matthew 17:20-21

2 Corinthians 5:10




April 18, 2018, 10:19 AM

Talking Points: The Chastening Of The Lord


  • The subject of God chastening people has been presented in many ways and with many opinions.
  • Religiously we are taught that God will use whatever He chooses to chasten people, including sickness and disease.
  • 7 times from verse 5 to verse 11 the Greek word παιδεύω is translated as chasten, chastening, chastened and corrected. This Greek word literally means “the rearing of a child”.
  • The word train in Latin Vulgate is “proverbium” which means proverb or maxim. The book of Proverbs is a book of training.
  • Religion has taken the use of the word scourge as used to describe our Lord’s punishment in the gospel accounts to define its use in Hebrews 12. However it has to be understood in the context it is used in Hebrews not in the context of how it is used in the gospels.
  • Our faith begins with Jesus and it is brought to completion or perfection in Jesus. Jesus is actually helping or training us so that our faith will reach its fullest.
  • God is love, He loves us and He trains us because He loves us and He trains us with love. The Chastening of the Lord is always out of love and through love.
  • God trains us so that we can live this zoe life of faith, love, holiness and righteousness.
  • When God is training us, He reveals His word to us and the word reveals the truth and the lie, the light and the darkness.
  • Some people don’t take God’s word seriously or they lose heart that the word is true for them or that it will work for them.
  • Illegitimate children are not children without a father, they are children without a father’s influence upon their life.
  • God and us together are bearing this training so that we can truly share in holiness.
  • When we are being trained by the Lord sometimes we experience grief. Not from or by God but because of our mistakes and lack of walking in the training of the Lord.
  • God’s chastening/training always produce fruit. The peaceable fruit of righteousness.
  • Our righteousness is because of what Jesus did for us. The fruit of righteousness is because of our training by the Lord.



April 18, 2018, 10:17 AM

Scripture List: The Chastening Of The Lord


Hebrews 12:1-11

Proverbs 22:6

Proverbs 1:8

2 Timothy 3:16

John 15:1-3




April 11, 2018, 10:27 AM

Talking Points: Jesus Our Substitute


  • Jesus as our substitute took our place and experienced for us, in our stead so that we would not have to.
  • Jesus died on a cross for our sin. Because He did we do not have to die for our own sin.
  • Because Jesus bore our sickness and disease we do not have to bear it.
  • Because Jesus bore poverty we do not have to bear poverty.
  • Jesus did this for us because we could not do it for ourselves.
  • Because Jesus did, we are free from sin, sickness, disease and poverty.
  • Some people still suffer sickness and disease because they do not know what Jesus did for them.
  • Some because they believe it is God’s will for them.
  • Some because they are operating in the law of sowing and reaping.
  • Don’t let condemnation keep you from God’s mercy, grace and forgiveness.
  • The law of sowing and reaping
  • God has given us free will and because we have free will we can choose whatever we want, blessings and curses.
  • We sow “bad seeds” when we make bad or poor choices. Those bad seeds can grow and produce a harvest of suffering that could have been avoided if we had made better choices.
  • God is not going to change the green beans to corn but He will help us with the green beans.
  • God, our loving Heavenly Father will help us to overcome a bad harvest.
  • Like Job, sometimes we open the door to the devil by fear. We can also open the door by resisting or refusing the wisdom of God, by letting our mouths run, through pride, by not discerning the Lord’s body and by a lack of knowledge.
  • For every potential door that could be open to the devil, God has provided revelation by His word and through His Holy Spirit to close the door and keep it closed.
  • Let’s look at chastening
  • The chastening of the Lord is not only for correction but for training.
  • The Lord rebukes us, corrects us, teaches us and trains us through His word.
  • God not only has the Power to heal, but it is His will for everyone to be healed every time, all the time, no exceptions.



April 11, 2018, 10:26 AM

Scripture List: Jesus Our Substitute


Hebrews 2:9

Isaiah 53:4-5

Matthew 8:16-17

1 Peter 2:24

2 Corinthians 8:9

Romans 8:1

Genesis 8:22

Galatians 6:7-8

Proverbs 1:7

Proverbs 6:2

Proverbs 16:18

1 Corinthians 11:29-30 29

Hebrews 12:5-11

Revelation 3:19

2 Timothy 3:16

John 15:1-3




April 4, 2018, 11:09 AM

Talking Points: Affliction, Suffering & Chastening


  • There has been a belief in the church world that God will afflict us, that He will chasten us with sickness and disease or that He will allow sickness and disease for a reason.
  • It is true that we can learn things while facing circumstances in life but God is not using them to teach us a lesson.
  • All sickness and disease is from the devil and is a result of Adam’s fall in the garden.
  • This does not mean that everyone who is sick or has a disease has a devil or that they have or are in sin.
  • We have already established by biblical truth that God and the devil do not work together and that the devil is not a tool of God.
  • The devil is the enemy and adversary of God and man, not a tool or coworker.
  • John 10:10 tells us that the thief (the devil) is the one who steals, kills and destroys.
  • Psalm 34:19 tells us that God delivers us from affliction. He does not send or cause affliction
  • Jesus said in John 16:33 that we would have tribulation in this world.
  • A very important truth that we all need to know is that Jesus was our substitute and He was our example.
  • What Jesus bore for us we need not bear.
  • Jesus our example, our pattern is who we follow and what we do.
  • Jesus suffered things when He was here on the earth and like Him we will too.
  • Jesus never sinned, He was never sick and He was never poor until He became our substitute.
  • Jesus did suffer temptation, persecution, hatred, hostility and being reviled and we too will face and suffer these things.
  • When Jesus became our substitute in the work of redemption He took our sin, sickness, disease and poverty upon Himself.
  • Jesus as our substitute took our place and experienced for us, in our stead so that we would not have to.
  • Jesus died on a cross for our sin. Because He did we do not have to die for our own sin.
  • Because Jesus bore our sickness and disease we do not have to bear it.
  • Because Jesus bore poverty we do not have to bear poverty.
  • Jesus did this for us because we could not do it for ourselves.
  • Because Jesus did we are free from sin, sickness, disease and poverty.



April 4, 2018, 11:09 AM

Scripture List: Affliction, Suffering & Chastening


John 10:10

Psalm 34:19

John 16:33

1 Peter 2:21

Matthew 4:1-11

Hebrews 2:18

Hebrews 4:15

John 5:16

John 15:18-20

Hebrews 12:1-4

1 Peter 2:21-25

Hebrews 2:9

Isaiah 53:4-5

Matthew 8:16-17

2 Corinthians 8:9




March 28, 2018, 8:57 AM

Talking Points: The Captivity of Job (Part 2)


  • Job and his three friends did not speak the truth.
  • This doesn’t mean everything they said was not true but it also means that not everything they said was true.
  • Remember God inspired the writer of Job to write the book of Job but God did not inspire every person to say what they said as it is written in the book of Job.
  • We also need to remember that Job became very fearful and that brought down the hedge of protection.
  • The devil took advantage of Job’s fear and did as Jesus said in John 10:10
  • When we see the theft in chapter 1 it was the devil stealing. When we see the destruction in chapter 1 it was the devil destroying. When we see death in chapter 1 it was the devil killing.
  • This was all possible because Job gave the devil the opportunity because of Job’s fear.
  • Like Job we all experience things in life and we all have faced fear in our lifetime. How we handle it determines what happens.
  • Job is described as blameless, upright, great, and God-fearing and one who rejected evil.
  • Job went from being blameless and upright to being bitter and self-righteous.
  • Six verses in the book of Job clearly shows that Job became very bitter.
  • Job had experienced a major event in his life and he became bitter and in his bitterness he sees everything the way he sees it and that becomes the only truth and he becomes self-righteous.
  • Like Job we can let fear into our lives and experience things that God never wanted us to go through.
  • It is never God’s will for people to suffer with sickness, disease, poverty, bitterness and self-righteousness.
  • According to Dr. Young and in the light of the New Testament, The translators of the English Bible have translated portions of scripture in the causative when it should have been in the permissive.
  • Deuteronomy 28:20 “The Lord will send on you cursing” when it should have been “The Lord will permit to be sent upon you cursing”
  • This is the same thing with Job 42:11 “for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him.”
  • It should have been translated “for all the adversity that the Lord had permitted to be brought upon him”
  • We see Job’s faith restored and God's blessings upon him.
  • Job received twice as much as he had before and lived 140 years after this happened to him.



March 28, 2018, 12:00 AM

Scripture List: The Captivity of Job (Part 2)


Job 42:3, 6, 7 and 8

John 10:10

Job 3:25

Job 1:1, 3 and 8

Job 1:22

Job 2:10

Job 42:10

Job 7:11

Job 9:18

Job 10:1

Job 13:26

Job 23:2

Job 27:2

Job 13:15

Job 35:2

Job 42:10-17

Deuteronomy 28:20

Exodus 14:20-21




March 14, 2018, 10:28 AM

Scripture List: The Captivity of Job


Job 42:3-17

Job 5:17-18

Job 1:1-22

Job 2:7, 10

Proverbs 26:2

Ephesians 6:16

Job 3:25

Ephesians 4:27

Romans 10:17      

1 John 4:18

Job 7:11

Job 13:15

Deuteronomy 28:20




March 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

Talking Points: The Captivity of Job


  • Religious tradition has long held the book of Job as God’s way of using sickness, disease and calamity as tools of God to teach, train and humble people.
  • The author of Job was inspired by God to write the book but not everything said in the book of Job is inspired by God.
  • God said that Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar did not speak correctly about Him. This means that we have to take what they said and examine it in light of the rest of scripture to know what is right and what is wrong.
  • Many of people have taken the misspoken words that were spoken by these men and used them to say things that the Bible really doesn’t teach.
  • Job said that he said things that he did not understand and things he did not know and he repented.
  • People have used verses 1:22 and 2:10 to say that Job did not sin. These are the only two verses that say this and after 2:10 it is never said again.
  • Job may have not sinned to this point but he eventually did otherwise He would not have repented.
  • Why would Job repent if he hadn’t done anything wrong?
  • Job repented of the things he said. If Job repented of it should we then take it as truth? If what his friends said is not right then do we take that as truth?
  • The word of God calls Job’s struggles captivity. Job’s captivity is what was captured or taken from Job. Captivity is a curse and never a blessing.
  • Proverbs says that a curse doesn’t just arbitrarily without cause enter our lives.
  • We can see clearly that Job made mistakes that opened the door to the devil.
  • God did not deliver Job into the hand of satan. God did not give Job over to the devil. Job 1:12 is telling us that all Job has is already available to the devil.
  • Job said two things that help us see what happened “I greatly feared” and “I dreaded.”
  • As Job gave room to fear the hedge of protection, the hedge of faith disappeared and he gave place to the devil. Fear opens the door for the devil.



March 7, 2018, 8:48 AM

Talking Points: This Thing 03-07-2018


  • Before we can understand verse 8 we must understand what “this thing” is. Is it pride or sickness and disease as religion would have us believe?
  • Concerning this thing, the evil spirit that was using people to persecute Paul.
  • Paul sought God 3 times to make the evil spirit and persecution to stop and go away.
  • God’s response “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
  • The first thing that the Lord said to Paul about this evil spirit and persecution was “My grace is sufficient” it is enough and because it is enough you can have contentment in every situation in life.
  • Content does not mean to tolerate and put up with. It means to do what the word says to do.
  • The word of God tells us to cast out devils and to resist the devil.
  • We don’t ask God to do something about the devil, He already has and He has given us the authority to do something about it.
  • Jesus defeated the devil and all of his cohorts and then gave that authority to the church, to each and every believer.
  • When we are being persecuted the enemy is trying to bait us into say and or doing something that will cause people to stumble and cause a scandal.
  • Persecution is not sickness and disease. Jesus was never sick until He took our sickness upon Himself.
  • When God’s blessings come upon our life, the enemy stirs up persecution to steal our joy and to cause offense.
  • The word strength is the Greek word dunamis and it means the creative, miracle working power of God. The Greek word translated made perfect means to accomplish, fulfill, to bring to completion.
  • My miraculous power is fulfilled in weakness, My miraculous power accomplishes in weakness, My miraculous power brings to completion in weakness.
  • There is a miraculous strength in God’s grace that gives strength to the weak, the persecuted and in distress.
  • God wasn’t telling Paul to put up with the evil spirit, He was telling Paul to use the miraculous strength of grace and use his God given authority over that spirit.
  • He was telling Paul to use the miraculous strength of grace to overcome persecution.



March 7, 2018, 8:47 AM

Scripture List: This Thing 03-07-2018


2 Corinthians 12:6-10

Luke 3:14

John 6:7

Philippians 4:11

Mark 16:17

Luke 10:19

James 4:7

Matthew 28:18-19

Ephesians 2:8-9

Mark 4:17

John 15:20

2 Timothy 3:10-12

Mark 10:30




February 28, 2018, 8:53 AM

Talking Points: The Thorn 02-28-2018


  • We have 5 verses that clearly shows us that the thorns are people. Numbers 33:55, Joshua 23:13, Judges 2:32, Samuel 23:6 and Micah 7:4.
  • Nowhere in the bible is the word thorn used for sickness and disease.
  • Paul said the thorn was a messenger or angelos of satan. The word angelos is translated as angel and messenger never is it translated sickness or disease.
  • The devil was trying to shut Paul up so the revelation of Jesus and the gospel would not go forth.
  • The devil sent his messenger or angel to stir up people against Paul and the gospel.
  • From Acts 13 and throughout the rest of the book of Acts we see the devil stirring up people to persecute Paul and hinder the gospel.
  • Remember that we already seen how this false doctrine that Paul’s thorn was sickness that came into the church and eventually into English Bible translations by 1960.
  • The Greek word translated infirmity literally means without strength.
  • In Romans 6:19, 8:26 and Hebrews 7:28 we see this same Greek word translated weakness.
  • Galatia was a region of Asia Minor and the cities of Antioch, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe were all part of Galatia.
  • After Paul had been stoned to death and raised from the dead he went and preached the gospel in Derbe and then returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch.
  • If there was a physical condition during this time of preaching it was from being stoned to death not an eye disease.
  • “Plucked out your own eyes” is an idiom like “It’s raining cats and dogs” and is not to be taken literally.
  • Today people will says things like “What I would give for that”
  • People will try to tell us that Paul had an eye disease because of these words.
  • Nowhere in the bible does it tell us that Paul had an eye disease.
  • Some people would tell us that Paul had malaria but there is no scripture for this either.
  • To this very day the devil is still trying to silence the Apostle Paul and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • There is no Biblical truth that the thorn was sickness or disease and there is no biblical truth that Paul had an eye disease or malaria.



February 28, 2018, 8:52 AM

Scripture List: The Thorn 02-28-2018


2 Corinthians 12:6-7

Numbers 33:55

Joshua 23:13

Judges 2:3

2 Samuel 23:6

Micah 7:4

Acts 13:49-51

Acts 14:1-2

Acts 14:19

Acts 15:1, 10, 22-29

Acts 16:22

Acts 17:1, 4-5, 10-13

Acts 18:5-6, 9-10

Acts 19:9-10, 23-24

Acts 20:1-3

Acts 21:15-36

Acts 21:37-28:10 arrest and imprisonment

Galatians 4:13-15

Romans 8:26

Romans 6:19

Hebrews 7:28

Galatians 1:2

Acts 14:19-21




February 21, 2018, 8:52 AM

Talking Points: Paul's Revelations and The Thorn 02-21-2018


  • Remember verse 7 is in the context of verse 6
  • What were these awesome revelations? Acts 9, The Lord Jesus Himself, 2 Corinthians 12:1 of the Lord Jesus, Galatians 1, the gospel, Ephesians 3 the gospel is for everyone, 1 and 2 Thessalonians and 1 Corinthians 15, the resurrection and the rapture.
  • Where did Paul get these revelations and who or what were they about? From the Lord Jesus and about the Lord Jesus and the gospel.
  • These revelations will reveal Jesus for who He really is and what He has really done. When people receive these revelations they will believe in Jesus Christ and be saved. They will come to the knowledge of the truth and be free of the devil’s lies and bondage.
  • The words “exalted above measure” comes from one Greek word and it is used only 3 times in the bible. 2 times here in 2 Corinthians 12:7 and once in 2 Thessalonians 2:4
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:4 Paul is quoting Daniel 11:36. The antichrist will no doubt be motivated by pride but this exalting of himself is to lift himself above everyone on earth and in heaven so that he is higher than anyone.
  • The Greek word translated “exalted above measure” means to lift up above. In the context of all three occasions it means to lift out of obscurity so others can see.
  •  When we take this understanding and look at verse 7 of 2 Corinthians 12 we see that the revelations that God gave Paul lifted the gospel out of obscurity so that people could know and receive it.
  • If it is a messenger of satan or an angel of satan then who sent it? The devil
  • Why would the devil send a messenger or angel to keep Paul from being lifted up with pride? The devil is all about pride and he certainly doesn’t discourage pride, he promotes pride.
  • Why? To keep the gospel obscured to those who haven’t heard the gospel.
  • If you can limit or silence the messenger you can limit or silence the message.
  • The focus is the revelation of Jesus, the revelation of the gospel, the revelation that it is for everyone.
  • Numbers 33:55, Joshua 23:13 and Judges 2:3 clearly show us that the word thorn is people and not sickness and disease.
  • What does this tell us about 2 Corinthians 12:7
  • It tells us that satan was trying to keep the revelation knowledge that God gave Paul from being known by others.
  • The devil was trying to shut Paul up so the revelation of Jesus and the gospel would not go forth.
  • The devil sent his messenger or angel to stir up people against Paul and the gospel. The devil used these people to “buffet” him.
  • When people receive these revelations they will believe in Jesus Christ and be saved. They will come to the knowledge of the truth and be free of the devil’s lies and bondage.



February 21, 2018, 8:51 AM

Scripture List: Paul's Revelations and The Thorn 02-21-2018


2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Galatians 1:11-12

Ephesians 3:1-7

Acts 9

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Corinthians 15

2 Thessalonians 2:4

Daniel 11:36

2 Corinthians 12:7

Numbers 33:55

Joshua 23:13

Judges 2:3




February 14, 2018, 9:49 AM

Scripture List: Paul's Thorn


2 Corinthians 12:1-10

1 Corinthians 1:27-31

Ephesians 2:8-9

2 Corinthians 9:1-5

1 Corinthians 7:28

Galatians 1:11-12

Ephesians 3:1-7

Acts 9

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Corinthians 15




February 14, 2018, 9:48 AM

Talking Points: Paul's Thorn


  • The enemy has told people for decades “If God didn’t heal Paul and Job why do we think God will heal us?” If it wasn’t God’s will to heal them, then it may not be God’s will to heal us.
  • Remember the most important question we can ask is “What does the Bible say?”
  • Notice that verse 7 begins with the word “and” a conjunction word. To understand verse 7 we have to go back to verse 6 first.
  • The word boast is usually thought of as a negative. The word boast comes from a Greek word that means to glory and to boast. The context that it is used in determines if it is positive or negative.
  • If Paul is speaking the truth it is not negative boasting. Negative boasting is foolish.
  • Paul is saying in verse 6 that he could boast or glory and it would be the truth and not foolishness but he holds back so that people don’t put him on a pedestal. That people don’t think of him beyond what is true and what can be seen and heard in his lifestyle.
  • Paul’s words and actions agreed. He did not say one thing and do another.
  • Paul was a man of integrity and he was a very humble man.
  • Somewhere in church history the idea and the belief came about that verse 7 is talking about Paul being prideful.
  • When you study the different translations you see this thought starting to emerge in the late 1800’s and by 1960 it begins to show up in modern translations as an established truth.
  • It is possible that this belief existed long before this but it can be seen as a deliberate translation from 1960 on.
  • This is where we have to go back to the Greek text to see what was actually written.
  • When we do this and we look at other scriptures we will see what the Bible really does say.
  • What were these awesome revelations? Acts 9, The Lord Jesus Himself, 2 Corinthians 12:1 of the Lord Jesus, Galatians 1, the gospel, Ephesians 3 the gospel is for everyone, 1 and 2 Thessalonians and 1 Corinthians 15, the resurrection and the rapture.
  • God gave these revelations to Paul
  • When people receive these revelations they will believe in Jesus Christ and be saved. They will come to the knowledge of the truth and be free of the devil’s lies and bondage.



February 7, 2018, 8:39 AM

Scripture List: The Secret Thing 02-07-2018


Deuteronomy 29:29

Acts 1:6-7

John 21:20-23

2 Corinthians 4:16

Genesis 25:8

Genesis 1:14

Genesis 48:1

Genesis 47:28

Genesis 48:21

Genesis 49:33

Ephesians 6:2-3

Acts 20:24


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