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Be Gentle, not Quarrelsome

Be Gentle, not Quarrelsome  Excerpt ‎He must be patient, and not a brawler, of a mild disposition. Christ, the great Shepherd and Bishop of souls, is so. Not apt to be angry or quarrelsome; as not a striker with his hands, so not a brawler with histongue; for how shall men teach others to govern their tongues who do not make conscience of keeping them under good government themselves? Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994. Print.

The Touch of Coal

The  Touch of CoalIsaiah 6:6-7 Excerpt ‎Realizing his impurity, Isaiah was cleansed by God, through the intermediary work of one of the seraphs. It is fitting that a seraph (perhaps meaning a “burning one”) touched Isaiah’s lips with a hot coal . . . from the altar, either the altar of burnt offering, on which a fire was always burning (Lev. 6:12), or the altar of incense where incense was burned each morning and evening (Ex. 30:1, 7-8). This symbolic action signified the removal of the prophet’s guilt and his sin. Of course this is what the entire nation needed. The Judahites needed to respond as Isaiah did, acknowledging their need of cleansing from sin. But unlike the prophet, most members of the nation refused to admit they had a spiritual need. Though they, through the priests, burned sacrifices at the temple, their lives needed the purifying action of God’s “fire” of cleansing. Martin, John A. “Isaiah.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. …

"Light" In the Gospel of John

"Light" In the Gospel of  JohnJohn 3:19-21 Excerpt ‎God’s *holiness is expressed in terms of light, e.g. in 1 Tim. 6:16, where he is said to dwell ‘in unapproachable light’; cf.1 Jn. 1:5, where it is said that ‘God is light’, and other passages in that Epistle where the implications of this for the believer are worked out. The same thought is seen in the typically Heb. expression ‘children of light’ which is twice used by Paul (Eph. 5:8; cf. 1 Thes. 5:5; Jn. 12:36).
‎In John’s Gospel the term light refers not so much to God’s holiness as to the revelation of his love in Christ and the penetration of that love into lives darkened by sin. So Christ refers to himself as ‘the light of the world’ (Jn. 8:12; 9:5; cf. 12:46), and in the Sermon on the Mount applies this term to his disciples (Mt. 5:14-16). Similarly Paul can refer to ‘the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ’ and to God himself who ‘has shone in our hearts’ (2 Cor. 4:4-6).
Ellis, E. E. “Light.” Ed. D. R. W. W…

Jacob’s ladder

Jacob's Ladder
Jacob’s ladder represents the blessings of God descending from heaven. The dream assured Jacob that despite his deceit he was the corridor of the blessings of the Abrahamic covenant. Jesus later used this same description of the ladder from Jacob’s dream to convey to Nathaniel and the others who were there that the blessed works of God would be done through Him and thereby prove that He was the Messiah: “Nathanael declared, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.’ Jesus said, ‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.’He then added,‘I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man’” (John 1:49–51).
Today, “climbing Jacob’s ladder” is sometimes used to denote someone who is “climbing the ladder of success,” which is also an expression derived from the scriptural account of Jacob’s dream.
Jacob’s ladder is also used today as a…

The Announcement of Jesus

The Announcement of JesusLuke 1:32-33 Excerpt ‎The angel predicted five things about Mary’s Son. ‎1. He will be great. ‎2. He will be called the Son of the Most High (cf. v. 76). The Septuagint often used the term “Most High” (hypsistou) to translate the Hebrew ‘elyôn (cf. v. 76). Mary could not have missed the significance of that terminology. The fact that her Baby was to be called the “Son of the Most High” pointed to His equality with Yahweh. In Semitic thought a son was a “carbon copy” of his father, and the phrase “son of” was often used to refer to one who possessed his “father’s” qualities (e.g., the Heb. trans. “son of wickedness” in Ps. 89:22 [kjv] means a wicked person). ‎3. He will be given the throne of His father David. Jesus, as David’s descendant, will sit on David’s throne when He reigns in the Millennium (2 Sam. 7:16; Ps. 89:3-4, 28-29). ‎4. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. Jesus’ reign over the nation Israel as her King will begin in the Millennium an…

Altar, Latin Church

Altar, Latin Church We can never understand the depth and continuity of the religious life of the Jews without remembering that from the beginning a religious atmosphere surrounded the child of Jewish parents. “These are the things by which a man enjoys the fruits in this world, but their possession continued for the next; to honor father and mother, pious works, peace-making between man and man, and the study of the law, which is equivalent to them all.” Devotion to the law constituted, in the esteem of the Jews, the chief aim in life. Jewish parents were more concerned to give their children a knowledge of the law than they were to leave them an earthly inheritance. Among the memorable sayings of the Talmud there is one to the effect that “Knowledge of the law may be looked for in those who have sucked it in at their mother’s breast.” Of what the true mothers in Israel were can be known by studying the lives of the mothers of Zebedee’s children, and of Mark, of Dorcas, of Lydia, of…

Lyre/Harp

Lyre/Harp

‎This harp, also called lyre, was held upright, so that the resonance body remained vertically.
‎Gen 31:27; 1 Sam 10:5; 16:16, 16:23; 2 Sam 6:5; 15:16, 15:21, 15:28; 16:5; 1 Kings 10:12; 1 Chronicles 13:8; 2 Chronicles 5:12; 9:11; 20:28; 29:25; Neh 12:27; Job 21:12; Ps 33:2; 43:4; 49:4; 57:8; 71:22; 81:2; 92:3; 98:5; 108:2; 137:2; 147:7; 149:3; 150:3; Isa 5:12; 14:11; 16:11; 23:16; 24:8; Ezekiel 26:13; Dan 3:5–15; Amos 6:5; Sirach 40:21; 1Macc 3:45;4:54; 1 Cor 14:7; Rev 5:8; 14:2; 15:2

Armor of God Breastplate

Armor of God Breastplate 


‎The iron or bronze scaled armor was built in four sections to cover each shoulder and side of the chest. The plates were sewn to a stiff leather vest, which was put on like a jacket before the front plates were tied with leather straps.

You Became the Slaves of Righteousness

You Became the Slaves of
Righteousness
Excerpt
‎There are two gifts of God which he here points out. The “freeing from sin,” and also the “making them servants to righteousness,” which is better than any freedom. For God hath done the same as if a person were to take an orphan, who had been carried away by savages into their own country, and were not only to free him from captivity, but were to set a kind father ever him, and bring him to very great dignity. And this has been done in our case. For it was not our old evils alone that He freed us from, since He even led us to the life of angels, and paved the way for us to the best conversation, handing us over to the safe keeping of righteousness, and killing our former evils, and deadening the old man, and leading us to an immortal life.
John Chrysostom. “Homilies of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans.” A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Chur…

A Diligent Son and a Lazy Son

A Diligent Son and a Lazy Son
Excerpt
‎Verses 1b–5 form a collection marked off by the inclusion of “wise son/foolish son” (v. 1) and “wise son/disgraceful son” (v. 5). The theme of the collection is that a family will thrive if the children are diligent in their work but collapse if they are lazy or resort to crime.
Garrett, Duane A. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Vol. 14. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1993. Print. The New American Commentary.

My Verse of the Day

Psalm 40:4-5
4      Show me Your ways, O LORD;     Teach me Your paths.     5      Lead me in Your truth and teach me,     For You are the God of my salvation;     On You I wait all the day.


The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 1 Samuel 15:22 KJV Translation: And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. NKJV Translation: And Samuel said, Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Prayer

Prayer  Min. Lynwood F. Mundy
Heavenly Father, thank You for this morning awakening to see the beginning of another week;
All though I am not promised to see the next moment of this day, never the less the end of this week;I just want to thank You for all that You have done in blessing me this year.Bless the peoples of the world;
Bless those that are in their infirmities, and heal them if it is Your will;
Bless those that are homeless, without food that they will be fed, those that do not have raiment
 that they may be clothed;
Bless all world leaders that will attend Madea's--the late Nelson Mandela--funeral that no harm will come to them.
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

December 9
Self-Evident HopeRomans 1:18–2:11
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all impiety and unrighteousness of people, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is evident among them, for God made it clear to them” (Rom 1:18–19). A statement like this could easily be taken out of context if we leave off everything after “people.” But when we contextualize this message, we find hope instead of hopelessness.
Paul goes on to tell us that creation itself reveals God and His goodness to humanity, so there is no excuse for failing to understand God and the salvation He offers: “For from the creation of the world, his invisible attributes, both his eternal power and deity, are discerned clearly, being understood in the things created, so that they are without excuse” (Rom 1:20).
We have all heard people who are concerned that salvation seems unfair: What about the people who won’t ever hear about Jesus? Yet Paul argues that everyone h…