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The Temptation of Jesus

The Temptation of Jesus Excerpt ‎We may be certain that the story was also told for its exemplary features in order to encourage Christians facing temptation and to indicate to them how to [recognize] and overcome it. They are to note that in each case Jesus replies to temptation with a quotation from Scripture, thereby indicating that the life of the man of God must follow certain clear principles expressive of God’s will which have already been revealed in the OT. It has been argued that this reduces the story to the level of a rabbinic Streitgespräch in which Jesus overcomes the devil by a superior knowledge of Scripture (cf. Bultmann, 271–275), but the point is rather that Jesus is obedient to God’s will in Scripture (H. Seesemann, TDNT VI, 23-36, especially 34-36 and n. 68), and not that he wins by superior dialectical skill.

Marshall, I. Howard.The Gospel of Luke: a Commentary on the Greek Text. Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1978. Print. New International Greek Testament Commentar…

Faith and Victory

Faith and Victory Excerpt ‎Living in obedience to God is the life of faith — a victory over the ways and wiles of the world. Our faith is in the victory of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, over the power of sin and death.

Paul Disowns Self-interest

Paul Disowns Self-interest
‎Whatever the background to this difficult verse, its general import seems clear.
Paul disowns self-interest as a motive for any of his action; whether his actions be judged irrational or rational, all is for God’s glory and the benefit of others (1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Cor. 4:5, 15). Of this the Corinthians can be justly proud (v. 12). This interpretation accords well with his following appeal (v. 14) to Christ as “the man for others” and his definition of the purpose of Christ’s death (v. 15) — that believers should lead a life that is not centered on self but on Christ.
Harris, Murray J. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians: a Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids, MI; Milton Keynes, UK: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.; Paternoster Press, 2005. Print. New International Greek Testament Commentary.

"The New World to Come"

"The New World to Come" Excerpt ‎The phrase the new world to come may be especially difficult to render, since a more or less literal rendering of world is likely to be understood in the sense of “earth.” In some cases it may be necessary to translate the new world to come as “the new way in which people are going to live.” The focus here is far more upon the culture than upon any kind of physical earth.
Ellingworth, Paul, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the Letter to the Hebrews. New York: United Bible Societies, 1994. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Joshua 24:15 KJV Translation: And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. NKJV Translation: And if it seem evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further.

My Verse for Today

My Verse for Today | Job 19:25-26
25      For I know that my Redeemer lives,
    And He shall stand at last on the earth;
    26      And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
    That in my flesh I shall see God,

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

My Prayer for Today

Prayer Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
Almighty Father, I along with my family, friends and enemies thank You for Your grace and mercy for allowing us to see another day of Your wonderful and beautiful Creation.
Father, bless my Jewish brothers and sisters when they began at 6 PM Friday, Your original day of rest from creating all as Your Sabbath--Friday, 6 PM until Saturday 6 PM--the day of rest. 
On the Sabbath, Jews everywhere of Judaism due no earthly laboring or man traditional things; but worship and eat as a family tradition as stated in the Mosaic Law.
Let us all respect and love our Jewish brothers and sisters the chosen ones; we Christians are grafted into the body of God as heirs and His children into the kingdom.
InJesus' name. Amen.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

February 7
Bread from Heaven and Water from a RockExodus 16–18; John 3:22–36; Song of Solomon 2:8–13
For many years, I said that I believed God would provide for me, but I’m not sure I actually did. Somewhere inside I was still convinced that I was on my own. It wasn’t until recently that I felt convicted about this, and God began working in me to make the necessary changes. As I was dealing with this, I started contemplating what trust issues might’ve looked like for the ancients. Of nearly all biblical characters, Noah must have seemed the craziest to his friends. But I think Moses faced some of the greatest interpersonal struggles involving trust.

Over and over again, the people Moses is leading blame him for all their problems. And they rarely giving him credit for his good attributes. God is faithful, though. It’s Moses who sees bread come from heaven (Exod 16) and water from a rock (Exod 17:1–7).

And this really puts it in perspective: if God is capable of this kind of deliveranc…