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Entrance to the Sphinx

Entrance to the Sphinx

‎The Sphinx was in all probability an object of worship. From that altar between his paws the smoke went up into the gigantic nostrils now vanished from the face. “The ancient Egyptians called him ‘Neb,’ ‘Lord,’ a name generally applied to the gods in their popular pantheon, but specially to the Sphinx alone.” Dean Stanley writes this fine passage concerning the Sphinx: “And for what purpose was this sphinx of sphinxes called into being, as much greater than all other sphinxes as the pyramids are greater than all other temples and tombs? If, as is likely, he lay couched at the entrance now deep in the sand of the vast approach to the second, that is the central pyramid, so as to form an essential part of this immense group; still more if, as seems possible, there was once intended to be a brother sphinx on the northern side as on the southern side of the approach its situation and significance were worthy of its grandeur, and if further the Sphinx was the giant…

Elpis

Elpis
Excerpt ‎The Greek word elpis in the New Testament is confident trust rather than uncertain expectation. Käsemann says that hope is “confident reaching out for the eschatological future.” According to Calvin (commenting on “rejoicing in hope”), Paul warned us against remaining content with earthly joys and counseled us to “raise our minds to heaven, that we may enjoy full and solid joy.” The apostle Peter spoke of being born anew “into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet 1:3). The reality of that hope brings joy.
Mounce, Robert H. Romans. Vol. 27. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995. Print. The New American Commentary.

Fishing

Fishing ‎Already in antiquity, fishing in the Nile played an important role for the food supply. The relief shows three ships made of papyrus. On the left ship, a fish is being caught with several hooks on a fishing line; two fish traps are pictured beneath the boat in the middle; the fisherman in the right boat are using fishnets to catch fish. ‎Job 41:7; Isa 19:8; Jer 16:16; Ezek 26:5; 47:10; Amos 4:2; Matt 4:18; Mark 1:16; Luke 5:2; John 21:3

Illustration

Illustration
  Illustration. First-century ruins long identified as “Peter’s House” may actually stand where the first apostle’s home stood!


WHERE THE ACTION TAKES PLACE Mark’s Gospel traces Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and leads us to its climax in Judea. The Bible tells us Peter’s fishing business was in Galilee, along the shore of its famous sea. One of the most fascinating of recent archaeological explorations indicates that a structure in Capernaum long identified as “Peter’s House” is actually erected on the ruins of a large home that was possibly occupied by the fisherman disciple!


Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

My Verse of the Day

My Verse of the Day 19 As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 5:19,NKJV

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Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 1 Peter 1:24 KJV Translation: For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: NKJV Translation: For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away: 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
What a Mighty God I serve. He woke me up this morning by his love through his grace and mercy. I am not worthy but he did it regardless of my continuing makeover as his child. Hallelujah!
I prey that you also thanked Him whether you are standing, kneeling, laying on your back or stomach or side. God does not care about the position, but the heart in sincere homage and humility in praise to him.
Bless the peoples of the world and may they all come in to the knowledge and genuine repentance of their sins in  a show of their faith through Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Then and only then will You indwell Your Spirit in them. Now they have become heirs, sons and daughters of the kingdom and given the promises of eternity with him in the kingdom of heaven. There will be "no more ...". Hallelujah!
In Jesus' name. Amen.

. Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 22
Be VigilantMatthew 26:14–56
Faith doesn’t always come to bear until we are faced with our own fallibility. When we “enter into temptation,” it often means we haven’t been vigilant—that we’ve stopped pursuing the God who has pursued us. In the aftermath of temptation, we recognize our spiritual laziness. We become wise—but remorsefully.

Vigilance and complacency are illustrated in the garden of Gethsemane. In His last moments, Jesus requests that His closest disciples stay awake with Him (Matt 26:38). But while He repeatedly prays, they fall asleep. What seems like a request for moral support gets defined a few verses later: “Stay awake and pray that you will not enter into temptation” (Matt 26:41). Staying awake is associated with spiritual awareness. And their sleep is costly. Because of their spiritual sleepiness, they’re not prepared for His end, even though He had repeatedly prepared them for His death. They abandon Him, and they even deny Him (Matt 26:56; 75).

But in th…