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July 11 - Evening

"Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
    or you yourself will be just like him.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
    or he will be wise in his own eyes."

- Proverbs 26:4-5

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The Paradox of Arguing with a Fool    

Do not drop to the level of a fool and engage the fool in an argument or an emotional debate. It will
do no good to speak to the fool (see Proverbs 26:3) and when the debate is over your argument will have made you the fool. This is the basic meaning of Proverbs 26:4.

But, the negative result of not answering the fool as advised in Proverbs 26:4, is that if you do not answer the fool the fool, and his supporters, will consider that you have conceded to the “superior” logic and “brilliant” argument of the fool. The fool will have appeared to have outsmarted you and become the sole keeper of wisdom. This is where Proverbs 26:5 comes in:

“Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes."

To prevent the fool from thinking he is wise, you must answer at his level, which means, you will
have to speak the language of a fool. For a fool to understand you must use their value system, address the goals they seek and compare their logic with an equally foolish logic. You cannot answer in the language of wisdom because wisdom speaks to a different value system, seeks significant goals and uses a higher form of logic. Answer a fool by speaking his native language…foolishness.

Paul does this in 2 Corinthians 11 when he realizes the Corinthian believers are not understanding
his level of ministry, but are willing to follow false apostles. So, Paul admits he will speak to them
as a fool and be self-promoting and boastful in order to compete with the values, the goals and the logic of the lower level honored among fools. Paul says,

“I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness….I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not as the Lord would but as a fool. Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves!... To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! But whatever anyone else dares to boast of — I am speaking as a fool — I also dare to boast of that….” - 2 Corinthians 11:1, 16-19, 21

  Christian Quote from Church History
"What has always made a Hell on earth has been that man has tried to make it his Heaven."
- Friedrich Holderlin
Something to Ponder??

The Early Bishops in Rome

Linus of 2 Tim. 4:21 led church in Rome. Irenaeus says apostles placed him
Cletus killed by Domitian
Clement, in Phil.4:3 exiled and martyred around 98.
Evaristus, 100-109
Alexander I, holy water introduced, made additions to liturgy. Beheaded by Trajan.
Sixtas, ruled during Emperor Hadrian
Telesphorus, (125-136) listed celebrating Easter on Sunday not Passover; martyred
Hyginus, organized ranks and positions in church; Gnostics Valentine & Cerdo came to Rome.
Pius I, born a slave; brother, Hermas, wrote Shepherd; Excommunicated Marcion (142-155)
Anicetus, (155-166) visited by Polycarp concerning Easter; Manichaeism; martyred.
Soter, wrote to Corinth, martyred
Eleutherius (174-189) – dealt with Montanism
Victor I, (189-198), asserted Roman Church authority; imposed Roman’s Easter date by threatening excommunication; Latin replaced Greek.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Planos (Gr) – deceiver (Eng) – the Greek word planos signifies “wandering,” “leading astray,” “seducing.” Planos is used in 1 Timothy 4:1 to describe evil spirits. In 2 John 7 (2x)
and 2 Corinthians 6:8 planos is used as a noun.


Revelation 2:12 mentions Pergamum. This ancient city was 16 miles east of the Aegean Sea. Building that were built between 195-150 BC and stood when John wrote in 96 AD are still visible. These structures include a large altar to Zeus built by Eumenes II around 170 BC on the south side of the upper city. It was 112 feet x 118 feet. The remains of this altar have been reconstructed and are displayed at the Pergamum Museum in East Berlin. Many scholars consider this to be the “seat of Satan” that John refers to in Revelation 2:13, but John might also have been referring to a temple dedicated to Caesar that stood in Pergamum in 96 AD.
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Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will not argue with a fool.
I will refuse to be drawn into a heated exchange of words when the positive meaning cannot be heard.
I will seek the Lord's wisdom and guidance when it is necessary to reason with the unreasonable.
  "Ill-gotten treasures are of no value, but righteousness delivers from death."
- Proverbs 10:2
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(morning only) Ezekiel 6 Amos 4-5
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An ancient wine press in a private field outside of Bethlehem. 1 Samuel 13 detailed on a map where Samuel Rebukes Saul and Jonathan's attack of the Philistines.
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