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Seek First His Righteousness

Seek First His Righteousness
Excerpt ‎When God’s people corporately seek first his priorities, they will by definition take care of the needy in their fellowships. When one considers that over 50 percent of all believers now live in the Two-Thirds World and that a substantial majority of those believers live below what we would consider the poverty line, a huge challenge to First-World Christianity emerges. Without a doubt, most individual and church budgets need drastic realignment in terms of what Christians spend on themselves versus what they spend on others (cf. 2 Cor 8:13–15).
Blomberg, Craig. Matthew. Vol. 22. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

Introduction

Introduction
Excerpt ‎For various reasons it is highly desirable to read the Bible through from Genesis to Revelation. Thus, the Old Testament prepares for the New, a cumulative knowledge of the Bible, so valuable in education, is secured, and a true perspective of religious history and truth is obtained. One who does this reading is prepared to understand and appreciate the myriads of allusions and references to sacred literature contained in secular history, literature, art, law, and life in general.
‎Every person’s life is a success or a wreck, or something between the two, according as he does or does not govern it by the precepts of God’s Holy Word. ‘The way of the ungodly shall perish, but the path of the just is as a shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” The foregoing should prove a powerful incentive to every seeker after truth to read the Bible through. …
Adams, A. Dana. 4000 Questions & Answers on the Bible. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holma…

Genesis 6 and the Sons of God

Genesis 6 and the Sons of God Excerpt ‎Several views exist regarding the identity of the sons of God in Gen 6. These interpretations also affect how we should understand biblical references to supernatural beings including angels and foreign gods.
‎Sons of God as Divine Beings
‎The sons of God may be divine beings (e.g., angels). If so, the sin in question was a transgression of the human realm by these heavenly beings. Their involvement with human women led to a widespread breakdown in morality and an increase in wickedness and corruption. The offspring of these unions, the nephilim (Gen 6:4), were considered quasi-divine and possessed unusual height (“giants”).
‎This was the dominant view among Jewish and Christian thinkers until after the fourth century ad, when Augustine championed an alternative (see below). It was also the exclusive view until the mid-second century ad. …
Barry, John D., Michael R. Grigoni, et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012.…

The Migrations of Abraham

The Migrations of Abraham The route Abraham’s clan took from Haran to Canaan is uncertain, although it seems logical they took one of several available trade routes. The most direct led across the desert to Damascus by way of the Tadmor Oasis. A less dangerous but longer route followed the main branch of the International Coastal Highway through Carchemish past Aleppo and Qatna to Damascus. From Damascus, the King’s Highway led southward into Transjordan.
‎Abraham and his clan entered Canaan from the east, descending from the Transjordan Plateau via the Jabbok River. An alternative crossing near Hazor on the Upper Jordan also was possible, though less likely. …
Brisco, Thomas V. Holman Bible Atlas. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998. Print. Holman Reference.

Route of the Exodus

Route of the Exodus Excerpt ‎The Bible contains many geographical notations in Deuteronomy, Numbers, and Exodus about the route of the Exodus. Numbers 33 gives a comprehensive listing of all the encampments, from Egypt to the Plains of Moab opposite Jericho. Yet the information provided can be interpreted in several ways, leading to different ideas about the route. Scholars have proposed three basic routes—the northern, central, and southern route theories—each based on the biblical text. Over a dozen mountains have been identified by different scholars as suitable candidates for Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Only a few sites mentioned in the Exodus have been identified with some certainty. Raamses, the point of origin, has been conclusively identified with Qantir, while the central rallying point of Kadesh-barnea seems plausibly located at Ain el-Qudeirat or one of several nearby springs. Most other identifications remain tentative. …
Brisco, Thomas V. Holm…

The Roman Conflagration And The Neronian Persecution

The Roman Conflagration And The Neronian Persecution  ‎The first of these imperial persecutions with which the Martyrdom of Peter and Paul is connected by ecclesiastical tradition, took place in the tenth year of Nero’s reign, a.d. 64, and by the instigation of that very emperor to whom Paul, as a Roman citizen, had appealed from the Jewish tribunal. It was, however, not a strictly religious persecution, like those under the later emperors; it originated in a public calamity which was wantonly charged upon the innocent Christians.
‎A greater contrast can hardly be imagined than that between Paul, one of the purest and noblest of men, and Nero, one of the basest and vilest of tyrants. The glorious first five years of Nero’s reign (54–59) under the wise guidance of Seneca and Burrhus, make the other nine (59–68) only more hideous by contrast. …
Schaff, Philip, and David Schley Schaff. History of the Christian Church. Vol. 1. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1910. Print.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Romans 1:16 KJV Translation:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. NKJV Translation:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God to salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further.
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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

February 27
Reality Can BiteLeviticus 23–25; John 10:1–21; Song of Solomon 8:6–9
Reality shows are all about people who are known or want to be known—they have celebrity syndrome. The root cause of this obsession is probably, like most things, a disconnect from our Maker. As people disconnect from the God who made us, we seek affirmation from other sources. And as wrong as this desire may be, our culture makes it feel like second nature.

The Jewish people Jesus spoke to also felt displaced. They were a people who had lost touch with their guide—their shepherd. Jesus is the answer to their call.
Echoing Ezekiel 34:11–24, He says, “I am the good shepherd, and I know my own, and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.” But Jesus goes one step further by adding, “and I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:14–15). Jesus promises that He will know us, and by echoing the very words of God, He is claiming that He is the God of Israel—He is the way God will know u…