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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

April 28
The Subtle SinnerJoshua 19:10–20:9; 2 Corinthians 12:11–21; Psalm 57:1–58:11
Some sins slip through the cracks—the ones that emerge in hushed tones between like-minded Christians. Sometimes these sins seem respectable because they occur out of supposed concerns for the Church or others. But they can leave deep gashes in the life of a community because they often go unchecked. And it’s these sins that Paul addresses shortly before closing his letter to the Corinthians:

     "For I am afraid lest somehow when I arrive, I will not find you as I want,          and I may be found by you as you do not want. I am afraid lest somehow              there will be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, slander,          gossip, pride, disorder” (2 Cor 12:20).

While the Corinthians were guilty of flagrant sins like impurity, sexual immorality, and licentiousness, they were also sinning in ways that subtly undermined Paul’s authority. Slander and gossip created deep div…

Love God, Obey His Commandments

Love God, Obey His Commandments Excerpt ‎John is not talking about how we know others have a vital relationship with God. He is discussing how a real faith in Jesus expresses itself in our lives. As we experience love for others and for God, and find ourselves choosing to obey His commandments, we realize that we truly have been born again.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

The Trinity

The Trinity1 Peter 1:2 Peter laid the theological foundations for this letter of encouragement. “God” the Father in His grace had chosen them and Godthe “Spirit” had sanctified them through the atoning blood of God the Son, Jesus Christ. (All three Persons of the Trinity are mentioned in this verse.) Thus Peter greeted his readers with the prayerful wish that they might experience in abundance God’s grace (charis) andpeace (eirēnē, equivalent of the Heb. šālôm; cf. 5:14).
Raymer, Roger M. “1 Peter.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 840. Print.

Purity of Heart

Purity of HeartMatthew 5:8 Excerpt ‎The term Matthew used here means pure or “clean.” It can be used literally of physical cleanness, but Scripture often uses it for moral cleanness and purity. A simple but helpful way of looking at the word is to realize that it implies the absence of impurity or filth. It implies a singleness of purpose, without distraction (akin to the concept of “holiness,” being set apart for a special purpose; see Jas. 4:8). Any distracting or corrupting influence a kingdom servant allows into his or her heart makes that person less effective as a servant. The kingdom servant has a heart that is undivided and unalloyed.
Weber, Stuart K. Matthew. Vol. 1. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000. Print. Holman New Testament Commentary.

Survey of the field

Survey of the field ‎The Egyptian picture shows surveyors who determine the length of a field with a rope. ‎Num 35:5

The Boldness of a Blind Man

The Boldness of a Blind Man Excerpt ‎The blind man is bolder than his parents, who refuse to take any position on their son’s healing because of the known hostility of the religious leaders to Jesus (cf. vv. 20–23). The once blind man openly expressed the obvious fact that the leaders were intent on trying to hide. The blessing of sight restored was so great that nothing the leaders could do would intimidate him.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

A relief in the palace of Sennacherib

A relief in the palace of Sennacherib  A relief in the palace of Sennacherib shows Assyrian forces attacking the fortress of Lachish in Judah during the campaign which marked the end of the Northern Kingdom’s separate existence.

Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

The Theater in Ephesus

The Theater in Ephesus This was the primary theater in Ephesus during the lifetime of the Apostle Paul. It held about 25,000 people and was used for theatrical productions as well as civic and religious meetings.

Jerusalem---Chapel of the Ascension

Jerusalem---Chapel of the Ascension ‎Jerusalem. The Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives, built over the rock from which, according to tradition, Jesus rose to heaven. A Byzantine chapel was built over the rock in the 4th century and, like many others, it was destroyed in the 7th century. A new church was built by the Crusaders in the 11th century, only to be destroyed in Saladin’s invasion. Peeping behind the Chapel is the tip of the bell-tower of the Russian Church of the Ascension, built in the 19th century