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  1. Willa, I emailed a copy to you in PDFs format.  I hope it downloads for you.  God bless!

  2. Study outline posted in pdf format for Willa. Know Your Enemy.pdf
  3. Absolutely...which is why the study started with "First and foremost, Know who you serve" and ended with "Submit to God" which requires us to... 1) Be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1); 2) Walk in Christ (Colossians 2:6-9); 3) and by the Spirit (Galatians 5:1, 16, 22-25); 4) and lastly, abide in Christ (John 15:1-7). Know Your Enemy.doc
  4. No argument here brother; Scripture doesn't say one way or the other. Unlike when Phillip was sent to the exact place at the exact time to witness to the Ethiopean (Acts 8:26), there is no mention of the viper being anything other than a chance happening. Could it have been as you say? Sure...but the Word just isn't clear on it. It is clear that Paul testified to his shipmates that an angel of the Lord spoke to him during the storm at sea and told him to not fear, that there would be no loss of life and that he would stand before Caesar (Acts 27:23,24). So yes...Paul was on a divine mission and a viper would not stand in the way. My approach to understanding Scripture is to keep it in context (as you have) to the culture and events before and after and look for the deeper, spiritual meaning but I am careful to not base any conclusions on perception or assumption. I do believe that God is sovereign in all things, omniscient and omnipresent, and that His Holy Spirit dwells in every believer, bringing us comfort, understanding and directing our steps. We just need to listen and not let our flesh filter His truth.
  5. All true... I will add to your 4th point that there is always a purpose in our suffering, which is why we as followers of Christ are to give thanks for everything. Through his suffering, Job came to realize that he needed a mediator between him and God, that he had a witness in heaven, an advocate on high (Job 16:19) and even more importantly... Job 19:25-27 “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed,Yet from my flesh I shall see God; Whom I myself shall behold,And whom my eyes will see and not another.My heart faints within me!"
  6. Thank you for your encouragement. You did ask a good question though. I don't know the answer. Paul knew the Enemy; he warned us of him in his letters. Did he see every trap though during his ministry? His letter to the Romans would seem to imply that Paul struggled just like we do. I do know that too often, all of us, at one time or another, can walk into a trap set by the Enemy...which is why we need to be vigilant...and the purpose of this study. Not fearful...just aware of the importance of wearing God's Armor!
  7. That's great to hear brother!! I'm glad and encouraged to read that his ministry made a difference in your life!
  8. Not at all. I am only suggesting that the viper is symbolic of the Enemy and that when the Enemy attempts to latch onto us we need to do as Paul did with the viper and "shake it off". James emphasized this in his letter when he wrote, "Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." How do we resist the devil? We do so by never giving him a foothold. Sorry for my late response...
  9. The currency numbers I reference are a bit different but the message is the same. I went one extra step...to put it in terms of time. Matthew 20 verse 2 indicates that one denarius is equal to a day's wage. Therefore, using your currency rates, the 10,000 talents is equal to 100 million years or 1.4 million lifetimes!!! ...a lot more than 7 x 70 years!!! Forgiveness is emphasized in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. We cannot have a relationship with Him if we refuse to forgive and love our enemies. A child of God has had ALL sins forgiven by FAITH in Jesus Christ. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” [Romans 5:8] Therefore, whenever anyone sins against us, we must be willing to forgive them from the heart, NOT just with words, no matter how many times they offend! The Greek word "aphesis" means forgiveness but it is used to translate both deliverance (freedom) and liberty (release). The point is we find deliverance and liberty when we willingly forgive others! You can't place a limit on that!
  10. This study outline was posted back in 2007 but is still relevant, maybe even more so, with the state of our nation today. I edited the original post slightly and attached a copy of the study outline in a Word document to the original post and this post. Although it is just an outline, it provides a lot of Scriptures for you to reference and study. One insight I added since the original is from the Book of Acts Chapter 28. Snake venom not only kills the physical body but destroys flesh. Wikipedia states, "Snake venom is highly modified saliva containing zootoxins which facilitates the immobilization and digestion of prey, and defends against threats. A complex mixture of proteins, enzymes, and various other substances with toxic and lethal properties[ serves to immobilize the prey animal, enzymes play an important role in the digestion of prey." SIN is much like snake venom...it immobilizes and consumes us spiritually. So what is the proper response when the "Snake" (a metaphor for the Enemy) grabs hold of us and begins to inject sin into our life? We simply shake him off!!!! Be blessed saints! Know Your Enemy.doc
  11. Thank you for the encouragement Willa! You're very kind.
  12. Thanks brother for allowing me to participate! I am truly humbled by your kindness and encouragement. This outline is 12 pages of notes, probably too much for one post. Next time, I will break it up into different topics. Please know that we keep you, Riv and the kids in our prayers! Hopefully we will see you this winter! God bless you with a great abundance!
  13. Willa, please check with George. Thank you for your dillegence. I was actually one of the first moderators many years ago. George won't allow us to ever retire. lol.
  14. I am in the process of sharing with my church family a teaching series on the Greatest Sermon ever preached...by Jesus of course... found in Matthew chapters 5 through 7. I have been taking my time; we just completed Matthew Chapter 6 last Wednesday night and will start on Chapter 7 next Wednesday night. I was really blessed as I prepared my outline and notes and thought I would share it with you. Feel free to comment, correct, add to it. Teaching from God's Word is a major responsibility, one I don't take lightly. I am always open to Godly correction and only desire to edify the saints. What I love about teaching God's Word is how it initiates discussion that should prompt us to action. I always emphasize to those I teach to be like the Jews of Berea (Acts 17:11)....listen but verify using God's Word. My sources are the Word of God as the Holy Spirit gives understanding and various other commentaries that I have read over the years, many of them forgotten. This study was taken from my handwritten notes from years ago when I ministered in the jail and prison. The file is attached as a Word document. The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached.docx The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached.pdf
  15. hey you. Just thinking about you and wondering how you've been. :-)