Acts Chapter 14

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Acts 14

1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,

6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:

7 And there they preached the gospel.

8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:

9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.

12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.

13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.

14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,

15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:

16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.

19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,

22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

24 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.

25 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia:

26 And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

28 And there they abode long time with the disciples.

41 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 14

  1. Verses 21-22 MSG “After proclaiming the Message in Derbe and establishing a strong core of disciples, they retraced their steps to Lystra, then Iconium, and then Antioch, putting muscle and sinew in the lives of the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn’t be easy: “Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.” We must encourage one another; and lift each other up in prayer and fasting.

    1 Timothy 6:12 CEV “Fight a good fight for the faith and claim eternal life. God offered it to you when you clearly told about your faith, while so many people listened.”

  2. 5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,

    6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:

    7 And there they preached the gospel.

    sometimes things happen that seem bad, but God turns it into good. The gospel was preached in other places because the believers were persecuted and then fled the persecution.

  3. 7 And there they preached the gospel.

    8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:

    9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

    10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

    The Apostles preached the word, every where they went. Preaching in that day is like today as the men preached, preaching went forth miracles happened and the Glory of God is manifested. We should obey the man of God while he is preaching and see what God will do.

  4. 14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,
    15 And saying, Sirs, why ye do these things? We are also of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all the things that are therein:

    When we idolize ourselves for any reason or when others try to boast us up we must react in the same manner as the apostles. We must give glory to God. When we glorify ourselves we fall before false idols.

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    2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.
    3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
    4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

    The thing I have been noticing the most is when people are at their greatest odds and when the city is the most divided is when God shows off the most.

    Like the show down on Mount Carmel. The man of God was out numbered 400 to 1.

    When we are out numbered, and when we are most at a disadvantage is when God can get the most credit.

  6. 8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:
    9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
    10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.
    11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.
    FAITH – To every men God has given a measure of Faith. We make that Faith grow by hearing and hearing the word of God! It is our responsibility to make our Faith Grow, to Trust in God no matter what comes your way!!! The Storm may rage but my Anchor Holds in the mist of the storm!!! My God, My Rock, My Healer!!! Jesus Christ is His Name!!!!! Thank You Jesus For By Your Stripes I am HEALED!!!!

  7. 15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:

    16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

    17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

    It isn’t about the speaker, it’s about who is being talked about. Paul and barnabas spoke Jesus. They preached Jesus and then a miracle happened based on a mans faith. The witnesses completely forgot everything Paul and barnabas just taught and began to idolize them. But Paul and barnabas were not looking for any honor or glory. They lived for the message they preached. Their message was life for everyone who would hear it. So they immediately pushed away the wrong attention and cried out ” who are we? We are men just like you! But Jesus! Jesus is God and this is what he has done!” We need to be sold out to the gospel of Jesus Christ that it stops being about us and is all about Him! When we truly have a servants mentality we give up our rights. It won’t matter how we are treated but everything will matter about the one we serve.

  8. 27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

    28 And there they abode long time with the disciples.

    “They rehearsed all that God had done”

    It’s sometimes, so easy to speak about what’s not happening than what is happening. I believe this shows us what state of mind we are in. It is virtually impossible to be defeated and victorious. I know many will challenge that statement and my response will be “who do you serve?”

    I believe that once God speaks something it immediately happens, the Word is just waiting on us to change our attitude or adjust ourselves to fit “the word” He spoke.

    The disciples walked and talk with Jesus and Jesus taught them who they where. So that once His physical self was gone He was in reality still here, because He was in them.

    When Jesus told them to preach to every nation, the plan was set into motion and it was already done.

    We have to stop allowing time and tradition, to govern our lives and be governed by the Word. Time was made by God for man, tradition was made by man for man but His Word is Him for us.

    It’s past time for us to continually rehearse all that God has done and listen for His voice to tell us what he’s about to do.

  9. Fasting…

    “And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭14:23‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    The Message version reads:
    “Paul and Barnabas handpicked leaders in each church. After praying—their prayers intensified by fasting—they presented these new leaders to the Master to whom they had entrusted their lives.

    Recently, Pastor said something to the effect of we should spend less time praying for God to do our will and more time praying for ourselves to do God’s will – I dont remember the exact quote but this was the point.

    There is a lot of misunderstanding today about fasting. Some people think it is related to dieting and the body. Others think its purpose is to impress God with the intensity of our desire. Others hope their self-denial will speed up the Lord’s answer. None of these are true.

    Fasting should be a natural effort with supernatural intentions and results in which we eliminate distractions so that we can give our undivided attention to God. We can then focus on hearing His voice and better understand His desire for our lives – not our desires for our lives.

  10. Acts 14:7
    And there they preached the gospel

    We must have and speak the gospel of the Lord so people can be saved and to be in the church and we must not give that up More Gospel and More Jesus. Amen

  11. 2. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

    Don’t allow someone who doesn’t believe what the man of God says make your mind evil affected against him or the rest of the brethren.

  12. 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

    We must through much tribulation enter the kingdom of God.

    Thank you Jesus.For he knows what we have need of.

  13. Pagans

    12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker

    Jupiter is the Roman equivalent of the Greek Zues
    Mercurius is the Roman equivalent of the Greek Hermes

    These pagans heard the word of the Lord but interpreted it with their own presuppositions. They had an encounter with God but refused to abandon their false doctrine. This is evident in verse 18 “they scarcely persuaded them not” or put another way they had little success in persuading them. The implication is that paganism is hard to break.

    We have an equivalent to this today in the form of science. Evolution is merely a false doctrine that poses as science. It is a new age form of paganism.

  14. 19 Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead.
    20 But as the believers gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. (NLT)

    “When the believers gather around…” This reminds me of what the missionary from last night said – apologies, I do not recall his name exactly and am not one to attempt spelling what I thought I heard. Anyhow, we are anointed spiritual people of God. The same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in us!

  15. 23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

    The church of fasting and prayer. I love how we do we everything by prayer because without prayer there is nothing!!! Prayer is the answer to everything!!! When we fast we set aside our own pleasure and just dedicate it to God. God sees and knows our intention when we fast and pray. Pray like never before and get closer to God like never before. Jesus you are the answer to everything!!!! I can’t breathe without you Jesus I need you all day everyday!!! Praying without ceasing!!! Having that constant bondage of communication with Jesus!!! Prayer increases your faith, restores your soul, questions are answered, and etc. Prayer is everything!!!

  16. As I was reading this chapter, my mind went to Bishop Foster’s bishopping service. How we witnessed the elevation of a leader and in that saw the beginning of another level. In this chapter we see Paul and Barnabas going to different cities and setting up the churches.

    Be ready our turn is coming.

  17. Acts 14:26-27
    26, And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.
    27, And when they were come, and had gathered all the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

    The work of God is never without its obstacles, but the work of God must be fulfilled. Paul and Barnabas’ missionary trip was successful, but it was not without its obstacles. The traveling itself, they had a confrontation with a sorcerer named Bar-jesus (Elymas), John Mark departed from them, they were driven out of the cities of Antioch and Iconium, they could have received honors as “gods,” and Paul was stoned, Yet none of these things kept them from doing the work of God.
    So we could ask ourselves these question, “What obstacles will we allow to stand in our way from doing the work of God? What kind of trials, tempataions, or opposition will we allow to stop us?” Jesus didn’t let anything (beatings, mockings, crown of thorns, or the cross) stop him from doing God’s work on our behalf, so we shouldn’t let anything stop us from doing God’s work.
    Galatians 5:7 says, “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not believe the truth?”

    So let us at POFW say, “We won’t stop till the whole world knows that He’s a Great God!”

  18. 3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

    4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

    5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,

    6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:

    7 And there they preached the gospel.

    8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:

    They abode a long time speaking to unbelieving Jews, so long that their lives were now being threatened, so they departed and the very next city they went they found someone in need of Jesus and a healing, and God did the work in his life.

    We have to be sensitive enough to know when it’s time to move on from witnessing to an individual that is closed to hearing what we are saying, or seeing with their eyes our example and testimony, and invest our time into others that are hungry.

    There are hungry people and we must keep sharing the gospel until we find those that are open, ready and hungry for JESUS!

  19. Acts 14:21 They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra Iconium and Antioch stregtheningthe disciples and encouraged them to remain true to the faith. We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom f God they said.

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    7 And there they preached the gospel.
    8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:
    9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
    10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

    21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,

    The FAITH steps are repeated over and over again.

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    They first preached the WORD (Gospel)
    The hearers had FAITH, (there was an evident need)
    Paul spoke to the infirmity directly (stand up) Paul asked him to do a natural act in the supernatural, as he had never been able to stand before.
    The hearer obeyed the man of GOD
    The testimony was shared and the crowds gathered.

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  21. Act 14:19 — Act 14:20
    Paul Stoned at Lystra
    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.

    Even when the enemy throws his best shot and uses life, friends and others the kill you because your doing the Lords will, as long as there is still a little bit of life in you get up dusts yourself off, trust God and keep going.

  22. 27 Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too.

  23. The man of Gods response

    13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.

    14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,

    15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:

    What is our response to the world around us? Here we see that when Paul had an influence he stood his ground an declared what was righteous. I am disappointed in myself and the church abroad of the response of recent events. We as a church should take a verbal and well known stand against anything that is able to influence the harvest that is promised to us. I’m being vague here on purpose but maybe I shouldn’t. We are the only voice that God has on the earth, if we won’t speak then he is not heard. No wonder the world is lost. All velocity with no direction leads to a big wreck. We have to speak up and be heard

  24. 20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

    We are anointed men and and women of God, and he can work through us to help heal the sick and raise the dead! But don’t take that he can’t do it without us because he can, but he wants to use us and give us a chance to be used in his kingdom to see miracles signs and wonders!! For we still serve a miracle working God!!

  25. 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

    When we go through persecution as Paul does here just being stoned and left for dead. Though our journey a may not be as drastic it will however, will not be all flowers and rainbows. Paul encourages the disciples in spite of his trails. He knows that we cannot make it to heaven without conditioning trails bring.

  26. 9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

    10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

    It’s our perception on God that helps give us the faith to believe that he can do mighty things! When we truly see what he can do through spiritual eyes, God can do miracles in our lives.

  27. “The same heard Paul speaking, who, fastening eyes upon him, and seeing that he had faith to be made whole, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up and walked (Acts‬ ‭14:9-10)

    Paul fastened his eyes on the crippled man immediately. The Lord was drawing him to the crippled man because of his spirit of faith. He was ready for a miraculous healing and was tired of the infirmity he lived with every day. His miracle laid in his faith that he could be healed. We prepare ourselves to put ourselves into the Redeemer’s hands, for the Spirit of the Lord to glorify him and his grace shines on us and with a loud voice that appears from the throne we try to mute things that distract us from the world he bade him “stand upright upon his feet.”!! Rise up in faith for your miracle.

  28. 1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

    2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.
    I wonder what it was that caused the Jews to act in such a manner. Jealously? Pride? Disdain for the Gentiles? Even the idea of these emotions sounds childish to me, but I know I have struggled with the same emotions. I pray that those emotions never become a mind set which will lead me to cause others to stray from God.

  29. 9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

    10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.
    The word states Romans 10:17 King James Version (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
    Because of the word of faith spoken by Paul the crippled man believed that he could be healed. Through the ability to perceive the faith of the man Paul spoke faith and healing to him. God saw the faith of both men and performed a miracle!! We must first hear from a preacher then we must activate our faith to receive our miracle from the Lord!

  30. “Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out.” Their humility and submission was tested, as they could have easily been filled with pride (self). One should always be quick to give God (Jesus) the glory, for all things, for nothing could be done without breath. Dear God, let me never forget to be thankful; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. “In God we trust”. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  31. 9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

    10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

    This is the kind of supernatural sensitivity we need in the church. The ability to perceive others faith. It’s like praying for someone known 100% he will be restored. It’s like going into battle knowing you have the victory.

    Moses was convinced that without God’s presence in his life, it was useless for him to attempt anything. When he spoke face to face with the Lord, he said, “…If thy presence go not with me, carry us up not hence” (Exodus 33:15). He was saying, “Lord, if your presence is not with me, then I’m not going anywhere. I won’t take a single step unless I’m sure you’re with me!”

    We have Jesus, we don’t nobody else. Let us pray that the Lord gives us the ability to perceive the faith of those around us, and the boldness to take the step in faith to be used of God.

  32. 30 But God raised him from the dead:

    I wonder how many But God, we have in our lives. I was on my way to Hell, but God….my family deserted me and gave there back to me, but God…..I was a slave to alcohol, drugs, and sex, but God…..

    The list goes on and on, We need to be a little bit more great fun and share our But God testimonies with the world around us. Help someone else have the But God experience.

  33. “After proclaiming the Message in Derbe and establishing a strong core of disciples, they retraced their steps to Lystra, then Iconium, and then Antioch, putting muscle and sinew in the lives of the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn’t be easy: “Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.””
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭14:21-22‬ ‭MSG‬‬

    Hard but not impossible…. Everyone goes through tests and trials to hopefully learn and grow from the experience. When you’re building a life with Christ you’re killing the life you had with the world and the devil doesn’t like that. Use these ‘hard times’ as stepping stones not road blocks.

  34. 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

    We enter through much tribulation.

  35. 9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

    The Word of God says,

    Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

    17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

    Do not stop boldly proclaiming-preaching- the great things of God and the message of salvation. We must keep proclaiming this gospel everywhere to everyone we might just cause some one’s faith to stir up and build up enough that they may leap out of their crippled stage of sin and rejoice in the salvation granted by Jesus. We should know that every Word of God we speak is a seed sown and His Word shall not come back void. Let’s be apostolic disciples speaking power of God’s Word.

  36.  After sharing the Good New we must follow up and help make disciples. We must travail until Christ is formed in them.
    “After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.

    Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too. And they stayed there with the believers for a long time.”

    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭14:21-23, 27-28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  37. 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

    23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

    Although the church was warned that they would go through tribulation before entering the kingdom of God, it was given the 5 fold ministry that we read about later and also elders. These helps are found in the church and together with the help of the Lord, we will enter into our rest.

  38. 27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.
    28 And there they abode long time with the disciples.

    Sometimes we have to take the time out and just think about what the Lord has done for us. If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side, we would not even be here today. God’s grace is what allows us to break through every strong hold of the enemy and move forward to do the will of our father. Why is hasn’t always been easy, through the power of God it has been worth it.

  39. That God, would once again open the door of faith to the Gentiles. So, that this nation could be brought back to God.

    27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

    “Rehearsed?”……………………………………………………………………………..

  40. “And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭14:19-20‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Was he dead or not? The people who stoned him knew what a stoned dead man looked like. It was common practice. They did not leave him for dead, they thought hat he was. It then says “as the disciples stood around him,” I’m not sure about you, but when I even see a wreck in the car I pray. I think the disciples were gathered around him praying. I think there was more going on that what is said in these few lines. I think the prayers of the disciples helped him to live.

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