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Dam at Dummar

Dam at Dummar
‎As the traveler approaches Damascus by the French road from Beyrout after miles of desert with no glimpse of tree or shrub, the road suddenly descends into the Barada and follows the river-side to the entrance of Damascus. The scenery could not present a greater contrast if there had been a change of worlds, from the bare, blistering, rocky upland to the cool, green gorge, where great trees crowd the river-side and dip their branches in the sparkling waters. We pass through the little group of villas called Dummar. The house of Ab’d el-Kader is seen on an eminence to the left. His name was before the public in the time of the war between the French and the Algerian Bedouins as the leader who was afterwards pensioned by the French and consigned to the Damascus district. Here is a picturesque dam across the Barada made in primitive fashion, of logs and [boulders]. Trunks of trees floated down and were caught among the rocks in time of freshet, and now lift their gaunt ar…

Paul Rejoices His Imprisonment (1:12-26)

Paul Rejoices His Imprisonment (1:12-26)Philippians 1:12-23 Excerpt ‎As Paul was imprisoned in Rome, it is very likely that he was chained twenty-four hours per day to a Roman guard, each guard on a shift lasting several hours. He could enjoy no privacy as long as these circumstances endured. How could he possibly give thanks in the midst of such difficulty? We will never understand this until we understand how Paul loved the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a gospel-centered and gospel-impassioned man. We have heard of people looking through rose-colored glasses. Paul wore Christ-colored glasses. He could write: ‘For to me, to live is Christ …’ (v. 21). … ‎ Ellsworth, Roger. Opening up Philippians. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2004. Print. Opening Up Commentary.

TRUE SERVICE

TRUE SERVICEPhilippians 2:7 Excerpt ‎Thinking of “others” in an abstract sense only is insufficient; we must get down to the nitty-gritty of true service. A famous philosopher wrote glowing words about educating children but abandoned his own. It was easy for him to love children in the abstract, but when it came down to practice, that was something else. Jesus thought of others and became a servant!Paul traces the steps in the humiliation of Christ: (1)He emptied Himself, laying aside the independent use of Hisown attributes asGod; (2) He permanently became a human, in a sinless physical body; (3) He used that body to be a servant; (4) He took that body to the cross and willingly died. 
Wiersbe, Warren W. The Bible Exposition Commentary.Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Print.

Who is the Loyal Yoke fellow

Who is the Loyal Yoke fellowPhilippians 4:3 Excerpt ‎The exact identity of Paul’s loyal yoke-fellow is not known. Some say “yoke-fellow” (syzygus) is a proper name. Paul knew he could count on him to work with the women and bring them back to fellowship with each other and with the Lord. Clement and other fellow workers had also contended for the gospel with these women. (This is more likely than supposing the words “along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers” go with “help,” as though Paul were enlisting Clement and others to help Syzygus unite the women.)
Lightner, Robert P. “Philippians.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 663. Print.

The Nature of Christ

The Nature of ChristPhilippians 2:6 Excerpt ‎The word translated nature (morphē) in verses 6 and 7 is a crucial term in this passage. This word (trans. “form” in the KJV and NASB) stresses the inner essence or reality of that with which it is associated (cf. Mark 16:12). Christ Jesus, Paul said, is of the very essence (morphē) of God, and in His incarnation He embraced perfect humanity. His complete and absolute deity is here carefully stressed by the apostle. The Savior’s claim to deity infuriated the Jewish leaders (John 5:18) and caused them to accuse Him of blasphemy (John 10:33).
‎Though possessing full deity (John 1:14; Col. 2:9), Christ did not consider His equality with God (Phil. 2:6) as something to be grasped or held onto. In other words Christ did not hesitate to set aside His self-willed use of deity when He became a man. As God He had all the rights of deity, and yet during His incarnate state He surrendered His right to manifest Himself visibly as the God of all splend…

Partnership in the Gospel

Partnership in the GospelPhilippians 1:5 Excerpt ‎The Gk. word, koinonia, means “sharing” or “participation.” It is possible Paul refers to the wholehearted welcome he experienced there (Acts 16:15) and to the continuing prayer and financial support provided by this church (cf. Phil. 4:16; 2 Cor. 11:9).
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Jerusalem - Mount of Olives

Jerusalem - Mount of Olives ‎The Mount of Olives. Its western slopes face Jerusalem, planted with remains of the ancient olive groves from which its name derives. The eastern slopes descend towards the Judean Desert. Here Jesus began his journey to Jerusalem, and from the mountaintop he ascended to heaven. In Jesus’ day beacon fires lit up all of Jerusalem from the mountaintop, where the pointed bell-tower of the Russian church, built in 1886 and called in Hebrew Tur Malka, meaning the King’s Mount, now stands.

If You Have ...

If You Have ...Philippians 2:1 Excerpt ‎In 1:27 Paul had written about living the Christian life in harmony with the message on which it is based. He followed that message with a call to show forth spiritual unity. This unity is possible because of the reality of the four qualities mentioned in 2:1. The “if” clauses, being translations of first-class conditions in Greek, speak of certainties. So in this passage “if” may be translated “since.” Paul wrote here about realities, not questionable things. Paul appealed on the basis of (a) encouragement from being united with Christ . . . (b) comfort from His love . . . (c) fellowship with the Spirit . . . (d) tenderness and compassion.
Lightner, Robert P. “Philippians.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 653. Print.

Purposes of Prayer

Purposes of PrayerPhilippians 1:10 ‎Paul stated two purposes for his prayer. The first is a near purpose: to discern what is best; and the second is a remote one: to be pure and blameless until the day of Christ. The idea of testing is clearly in view in the Greek word dokimazō, translated “discern.” The testing is with a view to approving. The word was used in testing metals and coins, to determine whether they met the specified standards.
Lightner, Robert P. “Philippians.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 650. Print.

My Prayer for Today

Prayer Heavenly Father, thank You for awakening me this new day. Bless the all peoples of the world. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.  - 
Min. Lynwood F. Mundy

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

December 12
Forgiven and ForgivingProverbs 18:1–24
Idioms are often unhelpful because their overuse has robbed them of meaning. But the idiom “putting up walls” has a twist in Proverbs: “A brother who is offended is worse than a city of strength, and quarrels are like the bars of a fortification” (Prov 18:19).

The writer of this proverb gives us imagery that helps us understand how people react to offenses. Regardless of whether we intend to, we can raise a great structure, like a “city of strength,” in the gulf between ourselves and others. Such barriers make it difficult to reach those we have offended, which may suit us perfectly. But we’re called to live differently.

None of us can live perfectly in this life, so conflict is inevitable. If we have the insight to see that “we all fall short of the glory of God”—and more specifically, how we have fallen—we’ll see we have no right to hold a grudge (Rom 3:23). When rifts develop in relationships, we need to own our sin and bring it t…