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Nazareth -- Basilica of the Annunciation -- Interior

Nazareth -- Basilica of the Annunciation -- Interior ‎Listening attentively to the sermon around the main altar at the entrance to the Grotto in the Basilica of the Annunciation. 
Beyond the wrought iron fence and the Crusader columns, lit with a reddish glow is the Grotto of the Annunciation, where Joseph lived with Mary and Jesus after their return from Egypt. Inscribed on an altar inside the Grotto are the words: Hic Verbum Caro Factum Est (Here the Word Was Made Flesh)—from St. John’s Gospel, referring to the Incarnation of Jesus.

Love God, Obey His Commandments

Love God, Obey HisCommandments Excerpt ‎John is not talking about how we know others have a vital relationship with God. He is discussing how a real faith in Jesus expresses itself in our lives. 
As we experience love for others and for God, and find ourselves choosing to obey His commandments, we realize that we truly have been born again. . Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

The East

The East Excerpt ‎The OT terminology for ‘east’ is derived chiefly from two sources. 
First, it is drawn from language associated with sunrise (Heb. mizrakh, ‘rising, shining,’Josh. 4:19), sometimes with sun (shemesh, Judg. 21:19) or going forth (motsah, Ps. 75:7) with the sun (Ps. 19:5-7), and morning (boker, Ps. 65:9). Second, it is drawn from derivatives from the root meaning ‘before, in front’ (kdm). Since one orients oneself by facing east, the east is what is before or in front of one.
Several derivatives of the root meaning ‘east’ are found in Gen. 11:2; Ezek. 40:6; Gen. 2:14; and Ezek. 10:19. A common use of ‘east’ in the OT, especially in poetry, is in the listing of the four cardinal points to express totality (‘everywhere,’ Joel 2:20; Ps. 75:7; Job 23:8-9).
In the NT, ‘east’ (Gk. anatole) is similarly used (Matt. 8:11; Luke 13:29). The east is the source of such OT wisdom figures as Job (Job 1:3), Agur (Prov. 30:1), and Lemuel (Prov. 31:1), as well as of the nt Magi (Matt.…

The Boldness of a Blind Man

The Boldness of a Blind ManJohn 9:30-33 Excerpt ‎The blind man is bolder than his parents, who refuse to take any position on their son’s healing because of the known hostility of the religious leaders to Jesus (cf. vv. 20–23). 
The once blind man openly expressed the obvious fact that the leaders were intent on trying to hide. The blessing of sight restored was so great that nothing the leaders could do would intimidate him. Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Punishment

Punishment Excerpt ‎No tyranny ever has been so unprincipled as that some appearance of equity was not maintained in it; however corrupt a government be, God never suffers it to be so much so as not to be better than anarchy [Calvin].
Although bad kings often oppress the good, yet that is scarcely ever done by public authority (and it is of what is done by public authority that Peter speaks), save under the mask of right.
Tyranny harasses many, but anarchy overwhelms the whole state [Horneius]. The only justifiable exception is in cases where obedience to the earthly king plainly involves disobedience to the express command of the King of kings.
Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

The Annunciation to Mary

The Annunciation to Mary
The annunciation to Mary by the angel Gabriel. The book in Mary’s hand is open to the passage from Isaiah, “Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son” (7:14). Detail of a painting by Masolino da Panicale ca. 1430.
Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible Dictionary 1985 : 1168. Print.

The Synagogue at Capernaum

The Synagogue at Capernaum ‎
Luke’sGospel says the synagogue in Capernaum was built by the centurion of whom Jesus later said, “I have not found such faith in Israel” (Luke 7:5, 9). It was destroyed and rebuilt in the fourth century.

Galileans Were Killed While Sacrificing

Galileans Were Killed While Sacrificing Excerpt ‎Galileans. Elsewhere Peter (22:59) and Jesus (23:6) are called “Galileans.”
‎Blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. They were killed as they were sacrificing. Therefore this had to have taken place in the temple in Jerusalem, the only place sacrifices could be made. For “Pilate” see comments on 3:1. 
Attempts have been made to relate this incident to some other recorded events, but it appears that Luke preserved an incident that was not recorded by Josephus or the other contemporary writers.
Stein, Robert H. Luke. Vol. 24. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

Theophany

TheophanyExodus 3:2 Excerpt ‎theophany ... [is a] manifestation of God. The OT contains a number of narratives of or poetic allusions to God revealing himself to men and women. 
Theophanies frequently are associated with particular holy places, representing the foundation legend of a sanctuary (Gen. 12:6-7; 13:18; 18:1; 28:1-17; Exod. 40:34-38) or the call of a prophet within it (Isa. 6:1-8). They tend to follow a literary pattern with Canaanite roots: God appears, frequently as divine warrior or king, surrounded by fire or in splendor (Deut. 33:2; Pss. 18:8; 104:2; Ezek. 1:27-28; Hab. 3:4), and sometimes riding like Baal upon the wind and clouds (Pss. 18:10; 68:33; 104:3); nature trembles (Exod. 19:18; Judg. 5:4-5; Pss. 18:7; 68:8;Hab. 3:6, 10) or the recipient responds with dread (Gen. 15:12; 28:17; Exod. 3:6; Job 42:5-6; Isa. 6:5; Hab. 3:16); and, as a result, nature becomes fertile (Pss. 68:8-10; 104:10-23; Isa. 35:2, 6-7), or God saves and rules (Deut. 33:5; Judges 5; Pss. 18:16…

Awl

Awl ‎Bone or metal awls are used to pierce holes in leather or other material. According to Exod 21:6, a master shall pierce the ear of a slave with an awl in order to mark the slave for life. ‎Exod 21:6

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 1 Corinthians 1:17 KJV Translation: For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. NKJV Translation: For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

My Prayer for the Day

Prayer  Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
Heavenly Father, I thank You for this day's awakening, because I don't know if this will be my last morning awakening; I say this Father because You have not promise me or anyone else to see the next moment, so ... I want to thank You now while the blood is still running warm in my veins.  I pray for those that have gone through the entire year saying, "I will come later" or "I know when I am going to die"; So un-true are both statements from secular people, because ... when ones life is over and the person has not given their live to Christ in true repentance ... in Hades [hell, Sheol] they will live in fiery torment that is unquenchable with Satan and his angels FOREVER;  So I pray, COME NOW TO JESUS FOR YOUR SOUL SALVATION. THE NEXT MOMENT IS NOT PROMISE. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

December 30
The Proverbs 31 WomanProverbs 31:1–9
A Proverbs 31 woman is hard to find, but it isn’t for lack of effort. She’s been the topic of more than a few Bible studies. She can be recognized by her many positive traits—strong, courageous, and trustworthy. She is hardworking, discerning, giving, dignified, business savvy, wise, and kind. If we’re looking for a vice or an Achilles heel, we’ll have to turn to another passage in the OT (we’re sure to find more failures than achievers within its pages).

As we look through the list of qualities, though, it’s hard to check them all off, even for Type-A personalities. But the key to understanding the list of characteristics isn’t found it what we can attain. It’s found in the last verse—the crux of the poem. The crown of the woman’s wisdom isn’t her charm or her beauty or even her ability to “get things done.” It is her fear of Yahweh. This relationship with God guides all of her actions.

If we’re trying to earn favor with God by being “t…