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Because You are Lukewarm

Because You are Lukewarm Excerpt15. neither cold—The antithesis to “hot,”literally, “boiling” (“fervent,” Ac 18:25; Rom 12:11; compare So 8:6; Lu 24:32), requires that “cold” should here mean more than negatively cold; it is rather, positively icy cold: having never yet been warmed. 
‎The Laodiceans were in spiritual things cold comparatively, but not cold as the world outside, and as those who had never belonged to the Church. The lukewarm state, if it be the transitional stage to a warmer, is a desirable state (for a little religion, if real, is better than none); but most fatal when, as here, an abiding condition, for it is mistaken for a safe state (Rev 3:17). This accounts for Christ’s desiring that they were cold rather than lukewarm. For then there would not be the same “danger of mixed motive and disregarded principle” [Alford]. Also, there is more hope of the “cold,” that is, those who are of the world, and not yet warmed by the Gospel call; for, when called, they may become…

The Adornment of the Christian Woman

The Adornment of the Christian Woman Excerpt ‎Peter in verses 1 and 2 exhorts these Christian wives to win their husbands to the Lord by pious living. In this verse, he forbids them to depend upon outward adornment in their effort at gaining their husbands, and not only upon outward adornment as such, but upon worldly adornment, the kind which they wore before they were saved, immodest, gaudy, conspicuous. These women were making the mistake of thinking that if they would dress as the world dressed, that that would please their unsaved husbands, and they would thus be influenced the easier to take the Lord Jesus as Saviour. It is true that they would be pleased, pleased because the appearance of their wives appealed to their totally depraved natures, and pleased because the Christian testimony of their wives was nullified by their appearance. They would say, “What you appear to be speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.” It is not true that that would help win their husba…

Love and Fear

Love and Fear1 John 4:17-18 Excerpt ‎Love and fear are not compatible. When we experience God’s love for us our whole attitude toward Him is transformed. We still stand in awe of Him, but that awe is without terror or fear of punishment. The more we live in love—and living in love means expressing as well as receiving love—the more confident we become in our relationship with the Lord.

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

Test the Spirit

Test the Spirit Excerpt ‎John begins with a warning about the false spirits in the world. Keep in mind that the NT was not yet completed and what had been written was not widely known; until the completion of the NT, the local churches depended on the ministry of people with spiritual gifts to teach them truth. How could a believer know when a preacher was from God and that his message could be trusted? (See 1 Thes. 5:19–21.) After all, Satan is an imitator. John states that the false spirits will not confess that Jesus is the Christ (see 1 Cor. 12:3). The false cults today deny the deity of Christ and make Him a mere man or an inspired teacher. But the Christian has the Spirit within, the new nature, and this gives overcoming power.

‎There are two spirits in the world today: God’s Spiritof Truth, who speaks through the inspired Word, and Satan’s spirit of error that teaches lies (1 Tim. 4:1ff). Teachers sent by God will speak from God, and God’s children will recognize them. Satan’s…

The Power of the Word for Testimony

The Power of the Word for Testimony Excerpt ‎The psalmist prays for the lovingkindness of the Lord to be manifested in deliverance, according to God’s word. This will enable him to render a decisive answer to those who taunt him with the uselessness of serving God. If he fails to experience this deliverance, then he will be deprived of the power to bear witness to the truth before his tormentors. If God will give himthis grace, he resolves to send the rest of his life observing his law. In so doing he will be walking “in a broad place,”i.e., he will know true freedom. Should the opportunity present itself, he is prepared to confess his love for God’s word before rulers. He “lifts up his hands” to God’s commandment, i.e., he shows them the utmost reverence.

Smith, James E. The Wisdom Literature and Psalms. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., 1996. Print. Old Testament Survey Series.

Ephes-damming

‎Ephes-damming Excerpt ‎Ephes-dammim was located about six kilometers (about four miles) northeast of Socoh. The meaning of this name is uncertain. But it refers to the same place that is called “Pas Dammim” in 1 Chr 11:13 (and, in some versions that are based on the Septuagint, in 2 Sam 23:9). Since the reference is to the same place, translators would be justified in using the same spelling here and in the other passages where this place is referred to.

Omanson, Roger L., and John Ellington. A Handbook on the First Book of Samuel. New York: United Bible Societies, 2001. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Prayer

Prayer
Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your blessings. Bless all of the peoples around this war torn and evil world. 
You Createdgood, and for man to "care and watch over my [YHWH] creation". Many of Your animals, birds and fishes have been exterminated or killed for pleasure, or near extinction to where they have been put on theEndangered List. Even then, man continue to kill for pleasure or use chemicals to kill Your creatures, whereas he is to "protect" them.
Man and woman is also killing fetus' whom are living human beings in what is called "Abortions". You told them [man and woman] to "multiply and replenish the earth". You commanded them to "marry", but many chose cohabitation,  or as the new thing is: "my fiance" or my fiancee", all without marrying and having children--"bastard children".
Man needs to look around daily and see signs of the "End Time" fastly approaching

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Psalms 41:1 KJV Translation: Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. NKJV Translation: Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

June 17
Learning from Enemies
Ezra 3:1–4:24; 1 John 3:11–18; Psalm 106:16–29

If a new venture is really worth pursuing, it will probably be opposed. Some people will refuse to get on board, and others will intentionally get in the way. While these people may be trying protect their own interests, it’s more likely that they don’t like change—even if it’s for the better.

God’s work among His people is not that different from innovation; after all, He is the Author of all good ideas since all ideas come from His creation. And just like new ventures, God’s work is often rejected. The difference between new ventures and God’s work, though, is that all people who oppose God’s work are opposing Him, their Creator; they’re choosing to put their own interests before His interests, which are only for good.

Jeshua and Zerubbabel faced this type of opposition in the book of Ezra. After they had restored worship in Jerusalem, they began to organize the effort to lay the foundation of the temple—the p…