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KJV Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Isaiah 43:1 KJV Translation:
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. NKJV Translation:
But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that formed you, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further.
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The King's Birth

The King's Birth

Matthew 1:1

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‎Genealogies were very important to the Jews, for without them they could not prove their tribal memberships or their rights to inheritances. Anyone claiming to be “the Son of David” had to be able to prove it. It is generally concluded that Matthew gave our Lord’s family tree through His foster father, Joseph, while Luke gave Mary’s lineage (Luke 3:23ff).

‎Many Bible readers skip over this list of ancient (and, in some cases, unpronounceable) names. But this “list of names” is a vital part of the Gospel record. It shows that Jesus Christ is a part of history; that all of Jewish history prepared the way for His birth. God in His providence ruled and overruled to accomplish His great purpose in bringing His Son into the world. …


Wiersbe, Warren W. The Bible Exposition Commentary. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Print.

Areopagus

Areopagus
‎The hill (in the forefront of the picture) to the northwest of Athens’ Acropolis was called the Areopagus. However, the Areopagus was also a Council meeting on that hill. This governmental body was overseeing religion, education and moral behavior. It was in front of this body that Paul gave his Areopagus speech. ‎Acts 17:19, 17:22

Hades

Hades

Revelation 1:18

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‎In the [NT] ... Hades appears both as a place (Acts 2:31) and as a being (Rev. 6:8). As a place it is the abode of the dead (Acts 2:27, 31). The notion that the realm of the dead had one or more gates controlling movement movement into and out of it is a very ancient one. It appears in the [OT] (Isa. 38:10) and in the [NT] (Matt. 16:18). In Rev. 1:18 the risen Christ says that he has ‘the keys of Death and Hades.’ The saying implies that Christ is able to unlock and lock the gates of Hades, that he has power over life and death. The saying in Matt. 16:18 means that the powers of death and other God-opposing forces will not triumph over the church (the community of believers in Jesus as the Christ).

Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 365. Print.

Mars Hill

Mars Hill


‎At Mars’ Hill, also known as the Areopagus, Paul used an inscription to an “unknown god” as a starting point for proclaiming the good news of Christ to the Greeks. He confronted widespread idol worship by declaring the true identity of the Creator. Using Greek worship and poetry, Paul articulated God’s demand for repentance and His provision of salvation through Jesus: “Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said … ‘What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you’ ” (Acts 17:22, 23).

Mary Believes

Mary Believes

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‎What a beautiful faith! Zechariah, godly and mature (vv. 5–6), had doubted the possibility of birth because of his age. This young girl, certainly still in her teens, never hesitated or doubted a supernatural birth, though she was single!

Richards, Larry, and Lawrence O. Richards. The Teacher’s Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1987. Print.

Address and Salutation

Address and Salutation

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‎Paul opens his letter to the Philippian church in his usual fashion, by adapting the standard Hellenistic letter format in a distinctively Christian way. Where modern letters would address the recipient at the beginning (‘Dear Jane’) and name the sender only at the end (‘Yours, John’), ancient letters normally began by naming first the sender and then the recipient, and then adding a greeting. A good example of this is Acts 23:26: ‘Claudius Lysias to his Excellency the governor Felix, greetings [Gk. chairein].’ We have many other examples of this in the Bible (Ezra 7:12; Dan. 4:1) and elsewhere (note 2 Macc. 1:10; 2 Bar. 78.2 and see J.L. White 1986 and Stowers 1986). (Letters then might often end, as does Acts 23:30 in variants, with ‘Good health/farewell’ (errôsthai)).

‎Paul and other apostolic writers altered this form in a variety of ways, thereby considerably lengthening the letter prescript. Paul typically modifies both the sender and the addresse…

Military Road, Damascus

Military Road, Damascus


‎In 1516 A. D. Damascus was taken by the Turks, and it has belonged to them since that time with the exception of a few years when it belonged to the Pasha of Egypt. All military authority belongs to the Turks. This is the principal garrison of Syria. The road we see is called the military road because the soldiers use it to exercise their horses. It runs along one of the channels of the Abana River. The walls along the way are of old brick; beautiful trees overhang; and here is a very old plane tree whose branches have for centuries shaded the street along which Abraham perhaps wended his way while he was ruler of Damascus. The soldiers to-day may be seen riding along this road at almost all hours mounted on good Arab horses, and it must be confessed that foreigners are not sorry to see plenty of these protectors. Peace is kept here only by force. The people are ignorant and fanatical, and are conceited enough to imagine themselves superior to all the rest of …

Great Endurance in Triumphant Paradoxes

Great Endurance in Triumphant Paradoxes

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‎And now in his conclusion we see Paul abandon his apostolic plural and speak in the first person from his heart: “We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also” (vv. 11–13). As Scott Hafemann has pointed out, Paul is not addressing the Corinthians as one whose feelings have been hurt, he is not trying to recover his ego, he has no need to bolster his self-esteem. Paul has spoken from his heart—that is, he has opened before them what makes him tick, his inner motives for ministry.

Hughes, R. Kent. 2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2006. Print. Preaching the Word.

A More Circumstanial Denunciation

A More Circumstanial 
Denunciation

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‎After these terrifying illustrations of God’s judgment, the writer returns to direct attack, specifying three forms of wickedness of which the false teachers are guilty. His fondness for groups of threes (cf. 5–7; 11) is interesting. The section is closely linked with what precedes not only by Not withstanding (mentoi: to bring out the force of this one might paraphrase, ‘in spite of the dreadful fate of the three groups just mentioned’), but even more by too and in similar fashion. In the Greek this latter adverb (homoiōs) stands first in the sentence, and must therefore be taken as assimilating the behaviour about to be criticized to that of the Sodomites.

Kelly, J. N. D. The Epistles of Peter and of Jude. London: Continuum, 1969. Print. Black’s New Testament Commentary.

Mundy's Quote of the Day

Mundy's Quote of the Day If you are a Christian and want to know why people don't want to be in your presence, check your spirituality. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Logos Verse of the Day

Bible Gateway Verse of the Day

Bible Gateway Verse of the DayKing James Version

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

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Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spiritwho is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

August 12

At a Great Price
Isaiah 25:1–26:21; Luke 9:1–27; Job 6:1–13

It’s easy to be devoted to a leader or a vision when it doesn’t require much of us. In following Jesus, the disciples didn’t have that option. They were called to follow Jesus in difficult circumstances—ones that required them to put their lives on the line. After Jesus told His disciples about His impending death and resurrection, He defined the true meaning of discipleship. His words required their immediate response and intense loyalty:

“And he said to them all, ‘If anyone wants to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross every day and follow me’ ” (Luke 9:23).

Daily the disciples needed to commit to Him, the kingdom He was ushering in, and the possibility of facing death. We like to quote this verse, but we might not think it applies in the same way today. Because we don’t face the same circumstances the disciples faced, we might not take the call to loyalty quite as seriously.

But loyalty shouldn’…