by Rev. Vince Finnegan on January 30, 2005
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Matthew 13:18-23 The two major ways the devil steals the Word from those who heard: offense, or choke.

I Samuel 18:20 and 21 Greek word skandalon: the trigger of a trap on which the bait is placed which, when touched by the animal, springs shut causing entrapment.

Psalms 35:11-18 Our family, friends, fellowbelievers, and ministers may offend.

Matthew 16:23 Satan's method to cause you to sin.

Matthew 18:1-6; 24:10-12 Offenses will always be here.

A) What should we do if someone offends us? Matthew 18:15-18 Go to the person and do what is necessary. Luke 17:1-4 Forgive. Ephesians 6:10-17 Realize that it is a spiritual warfare.

B) Do not offend others. Proverbs 18:19 Always conduct yourself in a manner that does not offend a brother. Romans 14:20 and 21; I Corinthians 8:13; II Corinthians 6:3 Give no offense.

C) If you offend a brother, do what is necessary to resolve. Matthew 5:21-24 Go to him. Galatians 6:1-3 If a brother is offended then they are in the midst of a trap. II Timothy 2:24-26 Have the right attitude.

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