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Each Member Serves To Serve The Body

Each Member Serves To Serve The Body Romans 12:3 Excerpt ‎As Paul explained, a parallelism exists between a believer’s physical body which has parts with differing functions and the community of believers in Christ as a spiritual body (cf. 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 4:11-12, 15-16). The point is that each member functions to serve the body, not the body to serve the members. The diversity of the many accompanies the unity of the body. Therefore it is important to think soundly about oneself and to evaluate properly God’s gifts and their uses.

Witmer, John A. “Romans.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 488. Print.

'Spirit and Truth" and Gnosticism

'Spirit and Truth" and GnosticismJohn 4:23-24 Excerpt ‎The Johannine understanding of spirit and truth is not to be identified with the Gnostic usage of such terms. The Gnostic perspective is that of a secret godhead that is hidden from all except those who possess the special key of gnosis (knowledge). The stress in John is not on the hiddenness of God revealed through an alien messenger from without. Such a messenger in Gnosticism does not actually participate in human flesh because flesh is regarded as the creation of an evil [sub-god]. Such a messenger always remains a spiritual reality even though it might employ the vehicle of flesh to awaken the elite Gnostic's from the sleep of forgetfulness. But such a view is hardly the Johannine perspective on Jesus, the incarnate Son of God.
Borchert, Gerald L.John 1–11. Vol. 25A. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996. Print. The New American Commentary.

When Will You Comfort Me?

When Will You Comfort Me? Excerpt ‎The psalmist sought deliverance from his sins, his foes, and his fears. Hope deferred made him faint; his eyes failed by looking out for this expected salvation. But when the eyes fail, yet faith must not. His affliction was great. He was become like a [leathery] bottle, which, if hung up in the smoke, is dried and [shriveled] up. We must ever be mindful of God’s statutes. The days of the believer’s mourning shall be ended; they are but for a moment, compared with eternal happiness. His enemies used craft as well as power for his ruin, in contempt of the law of God. The commandments of God are true and faithful guides in the path of peace and safety. We may best expect help from God when, like our Master, we do well and suffer for it. Wicked men may almost consume the believer upon earth, but he would sooner forsake all than forsake the word of the Lord. We should depend upon the grace of God for strength to do every good work. The surest token of G…

The Passing of the Third Day

The Passing of the Third Day Excerpt ‎This third scene begins with the statement that at the arrival of Jesus, Lazarus had been dead four days (11:17). This notation was extremely important to those familiar with Jewish burial customs. The general belief was that the spirit of the deceased hovered around the body for three days in anticipation of some possible means of reentry into the body. But on the third day it was believed that the body lost its color and the spirit was locked out. Therefore the spirit was obliged to enter the chambers of Sheol (the place of the dead). The passing of the third day, therefore, signaled the conclusion of the last modicum of hope for the mourners.

Borchert, Gerald L. John 1–11. Vol. 25A. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996. Print. The New American Commentary.

"They Will Serve God on This Mountain"

"They Will Serve God on This Mountain"Exodus 3:12 Excerpt ‎The verb תַּעַבְדוּן (ta’avdun, “you will serve”) is one of the foremost words for worship in the Torah. Keeping the commandments and serving Yahweh usually sum up the life of faith; the true worshiper seeks to obey him. The highest title anyone can have in the OT is “the servant of Yahweh.” The verb here could be rendered [interpretative] as “worship,” but it is better to keep it to the basic idea of serving because that emphasizes an important aspect of worship, and it highlights the change from Israel’s serving Egypt, which has been prominent in the earlier chapters. The words “and they” are supplied to clarify for English readers that the subject of the verb is plural (Moses and the people), unlike the other second person forms in vv. 10 and 12, which are singular.

Biblical Studies Press. The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible. Biblical Studies Press, 2006. Print.

The Setting for the Truth

The Setting for the Truth Excerpt ‎Like the name of Lazarus, the sisters, Mary and Martha, also are mentioned in the Gospel of Luke (10:38–42). In both contexts Martha is represented primarily as a rather determined worker (Luke 10:41: cf. John 12:2) and Mary as the worshipful one (Luke 10:39, 42; cf. John 11:2; 12:3). In this present context an interesting technique of storytelling is employed. Mary the sister of Lazarus is identified here before the event as the one who anointed the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair (11:2; cf.12:3). That loving, sacrificial event must have seared itself into the minds of the early Christians, as both Mark (14:9) and Matthew (26:13) bear witness. For John, who constantly had in mind the death of the Lamb, this reference serves as a window into Jesus’ acceptance of his death (cf. John 12:7). But perhaps there is more to this remark. John generally avoided the [post-resurrection] confessional use of kyrios, “Lord,” up to this point (cf. however, m…

Panorama of Jerusalem

Panorama of Jerusalem

‎We now move further northward on the Mount of Olives and again look across the Valley of Kedron upon the Holy City. At our feet are the swelling domes and towers and crosses of the new Russian church on the Mount of Olives. We see more tombs stretching along the eastern wall of the city to the extreme left. We gaze upon the Mosque of Omar, which stands within this [enclosure] of thirty-five acres. Here once stood the Jewish Temple. Far to the west, and little to the right of the dome of the Mosque of Omar, is the English church, and near it is the hospital for poor Jews. A little to the right is the dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is said by tradition to mark the place of the crucifixion and resurrection. The other large buildings, still further to the right, are hospitals, monasteries and other sacred quarters occupied by religious orders. Immediately before us, at the center of the picture, is a two-arched gateway, now closed up. This is the c…

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Hebrews 10:36 KJV Translation: For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. NKJV Translation: For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise. 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
O Lord, how gracious You are with Your grace and mercy to allow me and others to see another day; Although You have not promise me to see the end of this day or year, I want to thank You from the bottom of my heart. Hallelujah! Bless the peoples of the world because they are my neighbors and brothers/sisters as Jesus taught. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 15
I Understand How They FeltMatthew 19:1–20:16
“Allow the children, and do not forbid them to come to me, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 19:14).

This is the type of Jesus I want to know. It’s easy for me to think of Jesus as a man I see in film or in Renaissance paintings—to make Him somehow distant in the process—but this Jesus is very compassionate and close. This Jesus takes the lowest members in society, outside of slaves, and promotes them to the ultimate status of equality: members of the kingdom of heaven, being God’s kingdom.
The disciples didn’t understand this yet; instead they rebuke the people bringing their children to Jesus (Matt 19:14). The people bringing their children simply wanted Jesus to lay His healing hands on them and pray for them; the disciples saw a threat to Jesus’ image. The image Jesus wanted to portray was the opposite.

It seems more often than not that I find myself worrying about the concerns of what others think, when I should…