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Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Matthew 5:16 KJV Translation: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. NKJV Translation: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Rooted and Established

Rooted and EstablishedEphesians 3:17-19 Excerpt ‎Paul continued his prayer by repeating his request that Christ be the center of believers’ lives. He stated this in a mixed metaphor of biological and architectural terminology: being rooted (like a plant) and established (like a building) in love.
The participles “being rooted and established” are in the perfect tense, indicating a past action with continuing results.
Hoehner, Harold W. “Ephesians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 631. Print.

Christ at Home in our Hearts

Christ at Home in our HeartsEphesians 3:16 Excerpt ‎The result of this is that through faith Christ may dwell in believers’ hearts, that is, their whole personalities. “Dwell” (katoikēsai) refers not to the beginning of Christ’s indwelling at the moment of salvation. Instead it denotes the desire that Christ may, literally, “be at home in,” that is, at the very center of or deeply rooted in, believers’ lives. They are to let Christ become the dominating factor in their attitudes and conduct.

Hoehner, Harold W. “Ephesians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 631. Print.

You Became the Slaves of Righteousness

You Became the Slaves of Righteousness Excerpt ‎There are two gifts of God which he here points out. The “freeing from sin,” and also the “making them servants to righteousness,” which is better than any freedom. For God hath done the same as if a person were to take an orphan, who had been carried away by savages into their own country, and were not only to free him from captivity, but were to set a kind father ever him, and bring him to very great dignity. And this has been done in our case. For it was not our old evils alone that He freed us from, since He even led us to the life of angels, and paved the way for us to the best conversation, handing us over to the safe keeping of righteousness, and killing our former evils, and deadening the old man, and leading us to an immortal life.
John Chrysostom. “Homilies of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans.” Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Acts of the Apostlesand the Epistle to th…

Eye of a needle

Eye of a needle ‎The picture shows some needles that were found in Samaria. The eye of a needle is the smallest transfixion that exists in the daily life of Palestinians. In one of the Gospel parables it is juxtaposed to the bigness of a camel. ‎Matt 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25

First Fruits

First FruitsRomans 8:23 Excerpt‎“first fruits” is a technical term taken from the Jewish sacrificial system; it describes the first yield of the harvest or the first offspring of animals which had to be dedicated to God before the rest could be used. In the present context the word is used of that which God gives to man rather than that which man offers to God, and so the imagery has changed somewhat. Not only has the imagery changed, but in some places in the New Testament this word is used simply with the meaning of “first” (See 11.16; 1 Corinthians 15.23; 16.15). Newman, Barclay Moon, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. New York: United Bible Societies, 1973. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Mountain Imagery

Mountain ImageryProverbs 8:25 Excerpt ‎Mountains are a symbol of eternal continuance (Dt. 33:15; Hab. 3:6) and stability (Is. 54:10). They are considered as the earliest created things (Jb. 15:7; Pr. 8:25), of ancient origin (Ps. 90:2) and objects of the Creator’s might (Ps. 65:6) and majesty (Ps. 68:16). They are the scenes of theophanies, melting at Yahweh’s presence (Jdg. 5:5. Ps. 97:5; Is. 64:1; Mi. 1:4) and shuddering at his judgments (Ps. 18:7; Mi. 6:1f.). They are called to cover the guilty from his face (Ho. 10:8; Lk. 23:30). When God touches them they bring forth smoke (Pss. 104:32; 144:5). They also rejoice at the advent of Israel’s redemption (Ps. 98:8; Is. 44:23; 49:13; 55:12), leap at the praise of the Lord (Ps. 114:4, 6) and are called to witness his dealings with his people (Mi. 6:2).
Houston, J. M. “Mount, Mountain.”Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 789. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

March 29
Prayer and Hope for the AnxiousNumbers 33:1–49; 1 Corinthians 15:12–34; Psalm 28:1–9
Anxiety, depression, and fear aren’t part of the Christian life—or the ideal Christian life, anyway. But for those who struggle with these emotions, this tidy concept isn’t helpful or true. What is helpful is hope and belief in the midst of tumultuous emotion.

The writer of Psa 28 expresses deep anxiety, but even as he does this, he expresses trust in Yahweh: “To you, O Yahweh, I call. O my rock, do not be deaf to me. Or else, if you are silent to me, then I will become like those descending to the pit” (Psa 28:1). Though he feels like God is not listening, the psalmist doesn’t stop pursuing God. He worships and cries for help anyway. In contrast to the “workers of evil” who “do not regard the works of Yahweh, nor the work of his hands,” the psalmist puts all of his dependence and trust in Yahweh (Psa 28:3, 5).

Halfway through the psalm, the petition turns to praise when Yahweh answers his pray…