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The Nicolaitians

The Nicolaitians

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‎One additional word of commendation was inserted. They were commended because they hated the practices of the Nicolaitans. There has been much speculation concerning the identity of the Nicolaitans, but the Scriptures do not specify who they were. They apparently were a sect wrong in practice and in doctrine (for further information see Henry Alford, The Greek Testament, 4: 563-65

Walking in Darkness

Walking in Darkness

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‎John points out that it is possible for people to say they are in the light, yet actually live in darkness. Note the four “liars” here: (1) lying about fellowship, 1:6–7; (2) lying about our nature, saying that we have no sin, 1:8; (3) lying about our deeds, saying that we have not sinned, 1:10; and (4) lying about our obedience, saying that we have kept His commandments when we have not, 2:4–6.


Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print.

God Appears to Moses

God Appears to Moses

Exodus 3:2-5

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‎Here, at Horeb, God appeared to Moses as the Angel of the Lord (vid., p.118f.) “in a flame of fire out of the midst of the thorn-bush” (סְנֶה, βάτος, rubus), which burned in the fire and was not consumed. אֻכָּל, in combination with אֵינֶנּוּ, must be a participle for מְאֻכָּל. When Moses turned aside from the road or spot where he was standing, “to look at this great sight” (מַרְאֶה), i.e., the miraculous vision of the bush that was burning and yet not burned up, Jehovah called to him out of the midst of the thorn-bush, “Moses, Moses (the reduplication as in Gen. 22:11), draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground” (אֲדָמָה).


Keil, Carl Friedrich, and Franz Delitzsch. Commentary on the Old Testament. Vol. 1. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1996. Print.

The Work of Trinity in Salvation

The Work of Trinity in
Salvation

Ephesians 3:14-17

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‎The Father gives us our identity, the Spirit strengthens and empowers, and Christ “dwells in our hearts through faith” as the wellspring of transforming love.


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.

Paul's Message to Believers

Paul's Message to Believers

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‎The Book of Romans not only contains repeated references to the gospel but it also is clear that Paul, as He was writing to the Roman church, was seeking to build up those who already had become believers in their faith, obedience and service to the Lord. Paul had never been to Rome when he wrote the Roman epistle. He did not know most of the hordes of people who lived there. Primarily he was writing to a people who already had become saints, that is, a people set apart through their faith in Christ. Now it must be clear that these “saints” to whom he addresses the book in chapter one are not people who have been so appointed by other people or so honored by a church. These are people who have been made “saints” by God through His work on their behalf. That is to say, they are a people who have been “set apart” in holiness by an act of God Himself. …


Northrup, Bernard E. True Evangelism: Paul’s Presentation of the First Five Steps of the Soul-W…

Watch Our Words

Watch Our Words

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‎The use of the tongue is the theme of this collection, and each verse is merismatic. Verses 20–21 closely parallel each other and can be regarded as a proverb pair. Verse 19 then is an ironic heading to vv. 20–21: Although the wise person gives sound advice, wisdom is found more in those who are silent than in those who are verbose! The message here is that you should be careful about who you listen to and that when a person talks too much, that is a good sign that his words are not worth hearing.


Garrett, Duane A. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Vol. 14. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers

Logos Verse of the Day

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Philippians 1:21King James Version

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

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For to me, to live isChrist, and to dieis gain.

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For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

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To Live Is Christ] For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

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Living Is Christ ] For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

August 18

Connecting the Dots
Isaiah 37:14–38:22; Luke 13:1–35; Job 9:1–11

When we don’t have all the facts, we still like to connect the dots. Questions make us uncomfortable, so we draw lines with answers that make us feel safe and that fit our worldview. But sometimes we hold too tightly to the picture that results.

Job’s friends were guilty of this error. Although they affirmed true things about God’s character, they connected the dots in unhelpful ways. For example, in Job 8, Bildad pointed to God’s justice and stated that Job’s hardship couldn’t be for nothing. Therefore, he must have sinned. Job also affirmed God’s justice, wisdom, and strength, but he didn’t buy into Bildad’s worldview. In Job 9, he acknowledged that God was beyond his understanding. Job might have suffered, but he kept his high opinion of God.

Job wanted answers, too. He longed for God to make Himself known and settle the matter (Job 9:3). Job mourned that he had no way of defending himself before God: “There i…