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October 30 - Evening

"I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for
those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.
 For such people
are not serving our Lord Christ,but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery
they deceive the minds of naive people.

- Romans 16:17-18

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Keep an Eye on Smooth Talking People    

This admonition in Romans 16:17 to avoid divisive people and false teachers follows a series of greetings and an encouragement to the believers to use the "holy kiss," a sign of unity and trust. The maintenance of unity and peace in a church community requires attention and intentional work. To maintain peace and unity in the church certain personalities must be anticipated and the leadership alert to the problems they can cause.

In the midst of the peace and unity in the church of Rome Paul sends a sharp warning to be on the lookout for trouble by people who are divisive and people who teach contrary to the Apostolic doctrine. When these people are spotted they should be avoided:

“Watch out for those who cause divisions…contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” – Romans 16:17-18

“Watch out for” is the verb skopeo and means “to pay close attention to” and “to keep an eye on.“ (Skopeo is used on a positive note in 2 Cor. 4:18; Gal. 6:1; Phil. 2:4; 3:17)

People who cause division are associated with false teaching, and false teaching is associated with division. Paul says the motivation for creating division is not service to Christ or service to the people, but service to “their own appetites.” They do this for power and money, both of which satisfy a craving appetite: one, control and authority; and, two, food and material gain.

The method divisive people use includes smooth talk and flattery. By saying things that attract people the divisive person gains trust and followers who are more interested in how they feel emotionally than knowing the truth that could be used to evaluate people and situations. It is easier to tell the people, “we love you,” than it is to actually teach them the truth. Many people would rather hear a false teacher tell them, “We love you,” than to hear a loving teacher tell them the truth.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Prayer does not change
the purpose of God. 
But prayer does change
the action of God."

- Chuck Smith 





Something to Ponder??

Council of Toledo (1229) - the Bible is placed on the Index of Forbidden Books

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Proskollao (Gr) - Joined (Eng) - the Greek word proskollao is a word used three times to describe the marriage of a man and woman in the Greek New Testament. In fact, it is the Greek word chosen by the translators of the Septuagint (LXX, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible) to translate the Hebrew word debaq, or "cleave" in Genesis 2:24. The word proskollao means "to glue" or "to cement together." When something is "glued" or "cemented" it was not done to merely hold together for a temporary period, but was "cemented" with the intention of being together permanently.


An impression from a seal in clay (a Bulla) from 700-800 BC came to light in the 1990's.
The bulla reads:

"Belonging to Ahaz son of Yehotam, King of Judah"

Ahaz was the King of Judah from 732-716 BC (2 Kings 16)
This was the king's seal and most likely was made by him to seal a document.An impression of a fingerprint remains in the clay bulla
and is likely the fingerprint
of King Ahaz himself.
(image/details here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I use words to divide, even when I speak smoothly?
Do I use flattery to manipulate?
I will speak kind and gracious words that edify, but I will not use smooth talk and flattery
in order to manipulate, divide or to advance evil.
  "The righteous detest
the dishonest;
the wicked detest
the upright."
- Proverbs 29:27
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Children Perseverance in
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Illegal Aliens Somalia - church went underground in 1991
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Ancient glacis and gate at Ashkelon




The location of Calvary and the tomb of Christ in relation to
the wall of the 30 AD city of Jerusalem on the west side
of the city. Calvary and the location of the tomb are
now inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

The glacis that support the city walls of ancient Ashkelon of the Philistines. The gate is to the left of the photo under the white roof. The Mediterranean Sea is to the right of the photo. The rectangular area in the lower 1/3 of the glacis with the pole was the location where the calf god was found. See details of the calf god found at this location here and picture here.
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