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November 8 - Morning

"Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies
that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on
worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. For we do not
write you anything you cannot read or understand.
And I hope that,
 as you have understood us in part,
you will come to understand fully that you can
boast of us just as we will boast of you
in the day of the Lord Jesus.

- Second Corinthians 1:12-14

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Paul Defends Himself and His Message    

Eight to ten months after Paul had sent Timothy to Corinth with a copy of the letter we call First Corinthians, Paul wrote Second Corinthians from Macedonia in the fall of 56 AD just a few days after he had fled the riot in Ephesus which was instigated by the silversmith named Demetrius (Acts 19:23-41). Paul’s integrity and his message had come under attack in Corinth along with his apostleship. Paul writes Second Corinthians to defend himself, his ministry and, most importantly, defend the apostolic message.

Paul says that he can boast about his conduct because it is based in integrity and sincerity, not manipulation or double-talk.

“Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves …with integrity and godly sincerity.”

Also, Paul is confident his message has transforming power since it is not based in the “worldly wisdom” of the philosophers (for example, researched church growth studies and self-help seminars), but his message is a revelation from God for the church which he had received by grace, not through research or polls.

“We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand.”

Paul was being accused of writing one thing, but really meaning another. The Corinthian church had many speakers with training in rhetoric and backgrounds in philosophy who were competing for leadership and for the loyalty of the people. These professional philosophers needed to discredit Paul who was the founder of the Corinthian church. The people had been presented several false opinions concerning Paul, and one of them was that Paul wrote (and, spoke) in double talk in an attempt to manipulate the people. Paul rejects the charges and says that his letters really do express his intentions when he writes. Paul says:

“For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand.”

In fact, Paul goes on to say that his letters contain information that when fully understood will result in the Corinthians “boasting” about him on the day of judgment in front of Jesus Christ, and likewise, Paul will boast about the Corinthian’s faith, growth, maturity and spiritual production on the day they are evaluated by Jesus Christ if the Corinthians will understand Paul’s message:

“You will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

Paul is saying that his message has power to transform the Corinthians into the people God desires and that if the Corinthians really understood Paul’s message (the apostolic doctrine) they would be proud of Paul today and would not be rejecting his character and his message as the preachers of Greek philosophy were encouraging them to do.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Hearing and understanding God's Word is essential for any true religious experience."
- Galyn Wiemers





Something to Ponder??

Constantine made Christianity a legal religion in 313,
but in 380 AD Christianity became the official religion
of the Roman Empire.

In 380 Emperor Theodosius declared that everyone under Roman rule was required to profess Christianity. Christianity was no longer
the faith of a group set apart by God from the world, but was a confession of faith necessary for the benefits
of Roman citizenship.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Pechah (Hb) - Governor (Eng) - the Hebrew word pechah comes from Assyria through
the Addadian language in their word "pachatu." Pechah is translated as "governor," or,
rarely, as "official," or "officer." The pechah was placed in charge of a district
by the emperor and was given direct access to the emperor.
Men like Zerubbabel and Nehemiah served as pechah for
Persian emperors Cyrus and Xerxes.


The Church of Saint Paul outside the walls of the
Via Ostiense in Rome
is believed to be where Constantine (in 320) built a church over the oratory (a place of worship and prayer) that was itself previously built over the locatin where Lucina, a wealthy Rooman woman, buried Paul in her vineyard.

Under the altar from the time of Constantine was found a marble slab engraved with "PAULO APOSTOLO MARTYRI"

(details here and here and
a National Geographic Article)


Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I spend more time reading Christian books than I do reading and understanding Scripture?
I will read the Bible and pursue the understanding of the text of Scripture.
  "Then I was the crasftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind."
Proverbs 8:30-31
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Best friend Leading of the
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Police Sudan - 300,000 have died in Darfur (a region in western Sudan); 2.5 million have fled.
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
Dan, Israel - These two steps lead up to the base of a seat or throne for a city elder or the king in the city gate. Notice the four circular stones with a carved opening for a wooden post that would have supported a canopy over the ruler.
(see photos and details here.) (click on image for larger size)
The city of Gezer (click on image for larger size)
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