Statement of Confession: I believe in the Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit; The Three are One in the Father. I believe that Jesus is the Savior to those that accept Him in genuine repentance of their sins through faith as their Lord and Savior. I believe that baptism--immersion, burial--is an outward show to the world of their acceptance of salvation by Jesus for His dying, resurrection and His sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. This ministry is FREE.
'Darkness' in the Gospel ofJohnJohn 3:19-20
... [darkness] quality regarded as less valuable than light (Eccles. 2:13). Imagery based on darkness is especially prominent in the poetic books where it represents destruction, death, and the underworld (Isa. 5:30; 47:5; Ps. 143:3; Job 17:13; cf. Mark 15:33) in a manner similar to that known in other ancient Near Eastern cultures. Conceived as a curse or punishment (Deut. 28:29; Ps. 35:6), darkness characterizes the coming Day of the Lord (Joel 2:2; Amos 5:18). God’s appearance is often accompanied by darkness (1 Kings 8:12), which, according to Gen. 1:2, prevailed prior to creation, although Isa. 45:7 and Ps. 104:20 assert that it was created by God. The Dead Sea Scrolls contrast light and darkness as representing the forces of good and evil, both metaphysically and psychologically; a similar view has been noted in the Gospel of John.
Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bibl…
Word and LawJames 1:22-25
What James referred to as the “Word” in vv. 18, 21, 22, 23 he calls the “law” here. As the “Word” brings new life according to v. 18, so “the law” here is what sets us free (lit. “the perfect law of freedom”). The combination of law and freedom points to the free obedience of the Christian life and echoes Paul’s theology of freedom in Christ (cf. Rom 6:18–22; 2 Cor 3:17; Gal 2:4; 5:1, 13–14; 6:2). The law is “perfect” in that it participates in the goodness of God and is essential to his gifts bestowed in wisdom to believers.
Richardson, Kurt A. James. Vol. 36. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997. Print. The New American Commentary.
Wisdom in the Book of JamesJames 1:5
The Letter of James as a whole bears striking resemblance to traditional wisdom literature because of its hortatory or parenetic nature. Wisdom is a gift to be asked from God, who will grant it (1:5). This is practical wisdom. While it is ‘from above,’ in contrast to the wisdom that is ‘earthly,’ it expresses itself in exemplary conduct; it is ‘peaceable,…full of mercy and good fruits’ (3:13-18).
Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature.Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 1136. Print.
Son of ChurchPhilippians 4:2
John’s testimony was that this is the Son of God. The prophesied Davidic King was God’s Son (2 Sam. 7:13), and the messianic King is uniquely the Son of God (Ps. 2:7). The title “Son of God” goes beyond the idea of obedience and messianic King to that of Jesus’ essential nature. In the Fourth Gospel this title is not applied to believers. They are called “children” (tekna; e.g., John 1:12) while “Son” (hyios) is used only of Jesus.
Blum, Edwin A. “John.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 275. Print.
Humbling yourself 2 Kings 22:19Josiah is commended for being responsive and humbling himself. The Heb. kanaʾ suggests public humiliation, with undertones of shame and dishonor. But only if one is humbled against his will! A person who humbles himself before God as Josiah did openly confesses himself a sinner, crushed and hopeless. This is our appropriate response when we realize how we fall short of meeting God’s standards, and how greatly we stand in need of forgiving grace.
Just outside ancient Carthage lies one of the best known Topheth districts, where young children, newborn to about four or five, were burned as votive gifts to pagan gods by parents begging for some benefits. The fact that such a district existed in Judah is a stunning indication of how firmly God’s people were locked in the grip of paganism and sin.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.
Benit Jenn Waterfall
After leaving Mejdel es-Shems, an illustration of which place has already been given, passing along the Jerusalem road to Damascus over a succession of high ridges running off from the central Hermon range of mountains, and then along a lofty table-land, descending a hill of white limestone, we come to the village on the side of the mountain called Beit Jenn. The meaning of the word is “The Garden House,” or “The House of Paradise.” The place was once densely populated. This is evident from the many rock tombs which we find here. No doubt the original town was one of considerable importance, but its exact site and leading features have not yet been identified.
The picture above presents a charming waterfall caused by the descent of the stream Jennâni plunging over precipitous rocks. It comes in delicate streamlets, and now in rushing torrents among moss-covered rocks, among which shrubs and grasses grow. The contrast is very fine between the dark rocks, snow-whi…
PrayerRev. Lynwood F. MundyHeavenly Father, thank You for this day of Your grace and mercy. A day that I have never seen with its beauty that only You can create; that shows and tells me that there is no other god like You Father!I pray now for my brothers and sisters of this world to be divinely blessed and protected as we all anticipate the beginning of what is known as: "the weekend". We don't know if the Second Advent of Jesus will come this next moment, but I pray regardless of ....In Jesus name.. Amen.
April 25 Bound for the Promised LandJoshua 14:1–15:63; 2 Corinthians 11:16–23; Psalm 54:1–7
Faith is not just about being faithful; it’s also about trusting in God’s faithfulness.
For years God dealt with the confused and waning nature of His people while they were in the wilderness. They wondered, “Will God actually do what Moses has told us?” They had seen God repeatedly act on their behalf, but they continued to grow frightened and faithless. In return, the first generation that left Egypt never saw the promises of God. Instead, a later generation witnessed His faithfulness.
In Joshua 14:1–15:63, we see God fulfilling His words. Caleb and Joshua get a chance to witness this faithfulness, but the Hebrews who doubted that God would act on their behalf did not (Josh 14:6–15; also seeNum 13:25–14:45). This is an incredible moment: these two men had watched the failures of their elders and led their peers and people younger than them so that they could witness the faithfulness of God tog…