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The Logos in John's Prologue

The Logos in John's Prologue Excerpt ‎John’s use of logos drew on a wide-range of Jewish and Greek concepts, evoking associations with the OT, Hellenistic Jewish literature, and Greek philosophy. Using the title “the Word” for Jesus simultaneously invoked and subverted the assumptions of his Jewish and Greek audiences. His use of the term was a deliberate attempt to persuade them of the divinity of Jesus using categories of thought they would have been familiar with.
‎For Jews, John’s use of logos would have evoked the phrase, the “[Word] of Yahweh.” This title was an important part of biblical traditions about Yahweh and His effective power over the universe. The phrase was regularly used to refer to Scripture as divine law (Isa 2:3), written instruction (Psa 119:11), and prophetic revelation (Hos 4:1; Ezek 6:1). More important, the“Word of Yahweh” was depicted as an active force at work in the world to accomplish Yahweh’s will (Isa 55:11; Jer 23:29). This force was the agent th…

The Value of Adversity

The Value of Adversity  It is good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing. It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God Who sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men.
‎When a man of good will is afflicted, tempted, and tormented by evil thoughts, he realizes clearly that his greatest need is God, without Whom he can do no good. …
Thomas à Kempis. The Imitation of Christ. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, 1996. Print.

The Ordering of Public Worship

The Ordering of Public Worship Excerpt ‎This section, dealing with the importance of public worship and the conduct appropriate at it, and the following chapter with its directions for the ministry, form the earliest manual of church order we possess. The necessity of clear regulations for congregational gatherings was speedily realized in the primitive Church, and as early as 1 Cor. 14 we find Paul concerned about the misunderstandings and disorder caused by the unsupervised exercise of ‘prophecy’ and ‘talking with tongues’, as well as by the eagerness of women to assert themselves at meetings. His golden rule was that whatever was done in church should be done ‘decently and in order’ and should contribute to edification, i.e. building up the faithful (1 Cor. 14:40; 26).
Kelly, J. N. D. The Pastoral Epistles. London: Continuum, 1963. Print. Black’s New Testament Commentary.


UZJob 1:1 Excerpt ‎The homeland of Job (Job 1:1). Two traditions exist concerning the location of Uz: Edom in the southeast and Syria in the northeast. Neither tradition is completely persuasive, and the evidence concerning the location cannot be reconciled.
‎Among the arguments for the Edomite location, the personal name Uz appears in Edomite genealogies (Gen. 36:28; 1 Chr. 1:42), and personal names in the book of Job probably are Edomite in origin (cf. Job 2:11). The personal name Uz is linked with Buz (Gen. 22:21), which also appears as a place name associated with Edom (Jer. 25:23). The LXX appendix to Job describes Uz as bordering on Idumea and Arabia (Jer. 42:17b). Also, Uz is poetically parallel to “daughter Edom” at Lam. 4:21.
‎Other arguments place Uz in Aram (Syria), near Damascus or S of Damascus in the Hauran. The person Uz is a descendant of Aram (Gen. 10:23; 1 Chr. 1:17) and the oldest son of Abraham’s Aramean brother, Nahor (Gen. 22:21). According to Josephus Ouses (Uz…

Relations Between the Testaments

Relations Between the Testaments Excerpt ‎It is not necessary for us to read very far in the New Testament before we discover that there is some kind of extensive relationship between that portion of the Bible and the Old Testament. In fact, the more we study, the more we are faced with different kinds of connections between the testaments. The extent and the variety of intertestamental links proves to be one of the most important and rewarding areas of Bible study. On the basis of the pervasiveness of his relationship, one writer has been led to describe the use of the Old Testament by writers of the New Testament as “the substructure of Christian theology.” The thrust of this perceptive assessment that the Old Testament is the foundation of the New Testament, should be adopted as a guideline by all Bible students. It would alert the reader to areas for ongoing study, and also serve to correct many lingering errors. …
Karleen, Paul S. The Handbook to Bible Study: With a Guide to the…

Being Missional

Being Missional
‎The earliest known usages of the term “missional” occurred in 1883 in C.E. Bournes’ The Heroes of African Discovery and Adventure and then in 1907 in W.G. Holmes’ The Age of Justinian and Theodora. The meaning of the term has changed enough that neither of these occurrences embodies the way it is used today. Today, the term missional is commonly used in conversations among Christians. As it has grown in popularity, however, it raises some theological concerns, challenges, and opportunities.
‎The defining missiological debate in mission history has been the relationship between “church and mission,” which has become a catalyst for three dimensions of missional: missionary, mission, and the missio Dei. …
Barry, John D. et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012. Print.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Psalms 23:4 KJV Translation: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. NKJV Translation: Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

My Verse for Today

My Verse for Today | Genesis 2:24
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

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

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

February 14
When Things Don’t Go as PlannedExodus 33–34; John 6:1–14; Song of Solomon 4:9–13
I live in the world of projects. There are a few things I know for certain about them, aside from all requiring a budget and a schedule to have any hope of success. They will all take more time than I expect (at least 25 percent more), and they will all have problems. It seems that nothing ever goes according to plan. No one will complain, though, if the result, budget, and end date remain the same. There’s a biblical lesson here—Moses’ story is one of the best analogies for this.

Moses had likely planned for the Israelites to enter the Holy Land shortly after leaving Egypt, but mistake after mistake (on his part and the part of others) kept this from happening. In return, he spent years (about a half a lifetime) wandering in the wilderness. In Exodus 33:1, we read one of God’s direct instructions, “Go, go up from here” (Exod 33:1), but Moses proceeds to argue with God, interceding for the peop…