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Bouncing Back

  • But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. Acts 14:19–20 ESV

    After preaching the good news in Lystra, 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. Later when the disciples gathered around him, Paul rose up and went back into the city, then onto Derbe still spreading the gospel.

    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 you are trying to spread the good news of Jesus, but it will not stop us. You will get back up. You will take the next step. You are not beaten. You will continue to spread the gospel and this will all become a part of your testimony. Bouncing back after a knockdown is a time honored tradition.


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Denice Martin-Thompson
Denice Martin-Thompson In life it is so easy for us to accept the good, but so hard to accept the bad. Today I accept this message as a sign that what I am facing right now may knock me down, but I am going to bounce back in the name of Jesus. Today I choose to live in spite of my circumstances, by His stripes I am healed!!!
March 5, 2015
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Samantha Roach
Samantha Roach God is faithful and through it all he will never leave nor forsake Us!! This I know for sure.
March 5, 2015
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Jenifer Titus
Jenifer Titus Amen. 
March 5, 2015
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Suzanne Russell
Suzanne Russell Really good word!  God bless you all!
March 5, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady I know that over the years I have spoken scripture to others and had them get angry or offended, due to their own convictions. I apologized for offending them and told them that was not my intentions, (which indeed it was not)! Then I  learned to pray that what I speak will be accepted well by those who listen. I  still  speak scripture even if it convicts. Sometimes it has bore fruit and some times it only plants a seed. Yet I know God is right beside me helping me reach out to others.
March 5, 2015
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Ruth Martin
Ruth Martin My favorite quote these days is "Down, but not out!"
March 5, 2015
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson A setback is usually a setup for, GOD to do what he needs to do for you.
March 5, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Thanks once again for the words of encouragement--today, instead of reading them first thing in the morning, I'm reading them last thing before bed!
March 5, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey I think Solomon and King David were sex addicts. 700 wives? 300 concubines? I know David wasn't far behind.....yet God used these men. Why I love today's message in 'Bouncing back'.
March 6, 2015
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Felix Shaadu
Felix Shaadu The message this morning is quite suitable - People generally acknowledge God only when things are good, but hardly when bad. Thanks for letting us know that God shall remain God, no matter what happens to us. Continue to encourage us in that light. God shall eternally reward your labour of love!
March 6, 2015
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Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith Amen knocked down but not knocked out. Recoil and stand up for Jesus.
March 6, 2015
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Charisse English
Charisse English like the song says, Praise even in the middle of it, whatever your going through keep praising whether it be good or bad, God will get the glory!
March 6, 2015
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello I am so thankful that God knew each of us; even from the beginning all the way throughout eternity. Who knew of us,which of us would choose Him; and He planned our lives accordingly. Knowing full well that we would fall and bounce back with His help through the gift of salvation that we chose in Christ Jesus.
March 7, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you for the message!
March 24, 2015