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Stoned

  • But some Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there, and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul, and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But as the disciples stood around him, he rose up, and entered into the city. On the next day he went out with Barnabas to Derbe. Acts 14:19 WEB

    After healing a crippled man and preaching the good news in the city of Lystra, the people loved Paul and Barnabas so much that they wanted to make sacrifices to them. They said 'The gods have come down among us in human form!' Then later, some Jews came and stirred up the crowd against them.

    Paul was stoned, dragged outside of the city and left for dead. He may have actually been dead as they were really good at stoning in those days. When the disciples gathered around him, Paul rose up and went back into the city, then onto Derbe, still preaching the good news of Jesus, with signs following.

    The stoning became a part of his testimony. Paul added a lot more to his list and in 2 Corinthians 11:23 wrote: 'with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea.'

    Many times in life we get knocked down, especially when we are trying our hardest to live right, but it will not stop us. You will get back up and take the next step. You are not beaten. You will continue on and what you suffer will become a part of your testimony. Bouncing back after a knockdown is a time-honored tradition for followers of Jesus.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for being there for me. Help me pull my life together and turn this test, into a testimony. I look to You Lord, for my help comes from above. Walk with me today and show Yourself strong in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for being there for me. Help me pull my life together and turn this test, into a testimony. I look to You Lord, for my help comes from above. Walk with me today and show Yourself strong in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! Boy have I got testimonies! Each time I have been knocked down God has been there reminding me he loves us no matter what and to get up and keep trying! Thank you pastor...I needed this today

December 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

So true, Dianna, He is there for us, no matter what!

December 27, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you Lord for progress made. Please unravel the issues at hand. I love you Lord. Amen. 

December 27, 2017
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Praying for you.

December 27, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father, I wait on You. Amen.

December 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother, amen!

December 27, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

December 27, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

I agree, in Jesus, name. Amen <3

December 28, 2017
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

A wonderful prayer for this morning as I continue to visit with my disbelieving children during this holiday season. Thank you, Pastor Dion. Walk with me today, Father, and show Yourself strong in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Draw my kids to You, Lord! 

December 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lord, I join with Cathy in prayer for her kids, and ask that you lead them all to You, in the name of Jesus, amen!

December 27, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

December 27, 2017
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

smen

December 27, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!

December 27, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 27, 2017
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

Amen!!!

December 27, 2017
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you! 

December 27, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

 Heavenly Father I thank You for being there for me. Help me pull my life together and turn this test, into a testimony. I look to You Lord, for my help comes from above. Walk with me today and show Yourself strong in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

Thank you Pastor Don for your daily devotion. :-)

December 28, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!   Heavenly Father I thank You for being there for me. Help me pull my life together and turn this test, into a testimony. I look to You Lord, for my help comes from above. Walk with me today and show Yourself strong in my life, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

December 28, 2017
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

December 31, 2017