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Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Isaiah 41:10 KJV Translation: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. NKJV Translation: Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Nicodemus Came at Night

Nicodemus Came at Night John 3:2 Excerpt ‎Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. Although seasonal and day/night designations can properly be understood as time notations in this Gospel, they usually are more importantly also symbolic representations of the spiritual temperature of the people in the story (e.g., 10:22–23; 11:9–10; 13:30). As indicated in the Prologue, light and darkness are conceived as opposing principles (1:4–5) with darkness in John illustrating the negative aspects such as the realm of Satan, error, evil, doubt, and unbelief. Some interpreters might suggest that Nicodemus came to Jesus “at night” (3:2) to prevent detection or alternatively that (as an intense rabbi) he studied late into the night, but most commentators are agreed that the reference to night is a picture of a man who was in an uneasy state of unbelief or doubt.

Borchert, Gerald L. John 1–11. Vol. 25A. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996. Print. The New American Commentary.

Semeion in the Gospel of John

Semeion in the Gospel of
JohnJohn 3:2 Excerpt ‎In the Gospel there is general reference to the σημεῖα of Jesus (2:23; 3:2; 6:2, 26; 9:16) and sometimes there is summary mention of their great number (11:47; 12:37; 20:30). But a few are specially emphasized. In general they are the kind of miracles expected with the dawn of the Messianic age, cf. the saying in Is. 35:5 (Mt. 11:5/Lk. 7:22). No matter how one computes the number of σημεῖα of Jesus which were particularly important for the Evangelist, those miracles which he records bear Messianic features and are thus in some sense Messianic epiphany-miracles. The miracle at the wedding in Cana of Galilee in Jn. 2:11, the second miracle at Cana (the healing of the son of the βασιλικός) in 4:54, the feeding of the multitude in 6:14 and the raising of Lazarus in 12:18 are all explicitly called σημεῖα. In relation to the σημεῖα mentioned in 9:16 the healing of the man born blind (9:1ff.) is to the fore, while the healing of the lame man on …

Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark ‎Volume: 1,396,000 Cubic Feet ‎Gross Tonnage: 13,960 Tons ‎Capacity: 522 Railroad stock cars or 125,280 Sheep-sized animals

Woe to Me!

Woe to Me! Isaiah 6:5 Excerpt ‎This vision of God’s majesty, holiness, and glory made Isaiah realize that he was a sinner. When Ezekiel saw God’s glory he too responded with humility. (Cf. the responses of Job, Job 42:5-6; Peter, Luke 5:8; and the Apostle John, Rev. 1:17.) Isaiah had pronounced woes (threats of judgment) on the nation (Isa. 5:8-23), but now by saying Woe to me! (cf. 24:16) he realized he was subject to judgment. This was because he was unclean. When seen next to the purity of God’s holiness, the impurity of human sin is all the more evident. The prophet’s unclean lips probably symbolized his attitudes and actions as well as his words, for a person’s words reflect his thinking and relate to his actions. Interestingly Isaiah identified with his people who also were sinful (a people of unclean lips).

Martin, John A. “Isaiah.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 1045…

Isaiah's Vision

Isaiah's VisionIsaiah 6:1 Excerpt ‎Three things struck Isaiah about God: He was seated on a throne, He was high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple . In the most holy place of the temple in Jerusalem, God’s glory was evident between the cherubim on the atonement cover over the ark of the covenant. Therefore some Israelites may have erroneously thought that God was fairly small. However, Solomon, in his dedicatory prayer for the new temple, had stated that no temple could contain God and that in fact even the heavens could not contain Him (1 Kings 8:27). Therefore Isaiah did not see God on the ark of the covenant, but on a throne. Almost 150 years later Ezekiel had a similar experience. He envisioned God being borne along on a great chariot throne by living creatures called cherubim (Ezek. 1). To Isaiah, the throne emphasized that the Lord is indeed the true King of Israel.

‎God’s being “high and exalted” symbolized His position before the nation. The people w…

Mount Carmel -- Carmel

Mount Carmel -- Carmel
‎The Carmel appears in the Bible as a symbol of nature’s abundance and beauty. Israelis, hungry for its green shade, refer to it as “Little Switzerland”. The peaks of the Carmel are crowned with pine forests and its slopes are clothed in natural woodland of oaks and terebinths. In the spring it is resplendent with wild flowers such as anemones, crocuses, buttercups and tulips.

The Touch of Coal

The Touch of CoalIsaiah 6:6-7 Excerpt ‎Realizing his impurity, Isaiah was cleansed by God, through the intermediary work of one of the seraphs. It is fitting that a seraph (perhaps meaning a “burning one”) touched Isaiah’s lips with a hot coal . . . from the altar, either the altar of burnt offering, on which a fire was always burning (Lev. 6:12), or the altar of incense where incense was burned each morning and evening (Ex. 30:1, 7-8). This symbolic action signified the removal of the prophet’s guilt and his sin. Of course this is what the entire nation needed. The Judahites needed to respond as Isaiah did, acknowledging their need of cleansing from sin. But unlike the prophet, most members of the nation refused to admit they had a spiritual need. Though they, through the priests, burned sacrifices at the temple, their lives needed the purifying action of God’s“fire” of cleansing.

Martin, John A. “Isaiah.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Wa…


GloryIsaiah 6:3 Excerpt ‎‘Glory’ generally represents Heb. kāḇôḏ, with the root idea of ‘heaviness’ and so of ‘weight’ or ‘worthiness’. It is used of men to describe their wealth, splendour or reputation (though in the last sense kāḇôḏ is often rendered ‘honour’). The glory of Israel was not her armies but Yahweh (Je. 2:11). The word could also mean the self or soul (Gn. 49:6).

‎The most important concept is that of the glory of Yahweh. This denotes the revelation of God’s being, nature and presence to mankind, sometimes with physical phenomena.

‎In the Pentateuch the glory of Yahweh went with his people out of Egypt and was shown in the cloud which led them through the wilderness (Ex. 16:7, 10). The cloud rested on Mt Sinai, where Moses saw his glory (Ex. 24:15–18). No man could see God’s face and live (Ex. 33:20), but some vision of his glory was granted (Ex. 34:5-8).

‎The glory of Yahweh filled the tabernacle (Ex. 40:34–35) and appeared especially at the hour of sacrifice (Lv. 9:6…


Prayer Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank You for Your grace and mercy to bless us to see the dawning of a new day. The end of the day is not promise, so personally, I want to thank You and say with a shout, Hallelujah! Your grace and mercy with Your promises is more than enough with my prayers and faith to sustain me throughout the day, regardless of what may come against me, knowing that You are a rock and a shield to me. Bless the home-bound with infirmities, those in hospitals and operating rooms, and the incarcerated. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Logos Verse of the Day

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary


     Psalm       Psalm 112
             First Reading       Isaiah 42:5–12
             Second Reading       Acts 11:19–30, 13:1–3
   Gospel       Matthew 10:7–16

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary


 Old Testament Isaiah 42:5–12
             Psalm       Psalm 112
EpistleActs 11:19–30, 13:1–3
   Gospel       Mark 6:7–13

Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

June 11
The Danger of Success
2 Chronicles 26:1–28:27; 1 John 2:1–6; Psalm 103:15–22

Western culture is obsessed with success. Society places successful people on a pedestal, as if they’re somehow smarter or better than everyone else. Christians certainly aren’t immune to this trend, as is demonstrated by the growing celebrity-pastor following. The need to succeed can tilt a church out of balance when the leader or the donors with the deepest pockets become the focus, and ultimate authority, instead of Christ.

Uzziah’s story demonstrates the danger of success. Most of the kings of Judah prior to Uzziah—who was appointed king at the age of 16—failed God and His people. They achieved success in their own eyes, but biblical history paints them as men who were spiritually weak and sought their own gain at the sacrifice of others. Success achieved through force may look like strength, but it’s actually weakness. The distinction of great leaders is their ability to rise alongside those they l…