Defensive Praise occurs when we make a choice: instead of complaining, instead of reviewing the situation through the lens of circumstances, we choose to look at God’s character. We must choose to look at God’s nature, the unchanging God who never fails. Then we lift our voices. Through our pain and tears we praise Him!

Listen to this message delivered by Dr. Dowdy on October 30, 2016, based on Acts 16:22–26.

The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. —Acts 16:22–26 NIV

The Power of Praise is an additional message highlighting this passage.

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