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The Wilderness

The WildernessExodus 3:1
Excerpt ‎The wilderness was not a wide, flat area of nothing but sand, as the word “desert” (3:1 TEV) may imply. Rather it was a mostly dry and barren region through which Moses was leading the flock in search of seasonal pasturage. 
There would, however, be occasional patches of moisture and vegetation; but for the most part it was uncultivated. Nomads and their herds inhabited certain areas of the wilderness. In cultures where a wilderness is unknown, one may translate the term with a descriptive phrase; for example, “a dry, barren land,”“a rocky region,”“a place where people don’t settle,”“a place where no house is,” and so on. Translators may prefer to borrow a term from a national language and explain it in a footnote.
Osborn, Noel D., and Howard A. Hatton. A Handbook on Exodus. New York: United Bible Societies, 1999. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

I am the Bread of Life

I am the Bread of LifeJohn 6:35
Excerpt ‎This corrected two more errors in their thinking: (1) The food of which He spoke refers to a Person, not a commodity. (2) And once someone is in right relationship to Jesus, he finds a satisfaction which is everlasting, not temporal. This “I am” statement is the first in a series of momentous “I am” revelations (cf. 8:12; 10:7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). “Bread of Life” means bread which provides life. Jesus is man’s necessary“food.” In Western culture, bread is often optional, but it was an essential staple then. Jesus promised, "He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty". The “never's” are emphatic in Greek.
Blum, Edwin A. “John.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 295. Print.

The Function of a Name

The Function of a NameExodus 3:14-15
Excerpt ‎The name conveys the authority of the person even when absent. To speak or act in another’s name is to participate in that person’s authority (1 Sam. 17:45; 25:9; Acts 4:7). The principle is that of prophecy and revelation (Exod. 3:13–14; Deut. 18:19; John 5:43). God’s name reveals his character and salvationin which people may take refuge (Ps. 20:1 [MT 2]; cf. Isa. 25:1; 56:6); to treat God’s name as empty is to despise his person (Exod. 20:7). Similarly, to act in the name ofChrist is to participate in his authority (Acts 3:6; 1 Cor. 5:4; 2 Thess. 3:6; Jas. 5:14) as well as to share in his contempt (Luke 21:12–19; Acts 5:41). Elsewhere the name of Christ stands for the whole of his salvation (4:7; 1 Cor. 6:11).
Myers, Allen C. The Eerdmans Bible dictionary 1987 : 747. Print.

The Office of Overseer

The Office of Overseer ‎The word “overseer” receives such translations as “bishop” (KJV, ASV), “Presiding-Officer” (TCNT), “superintendent” (Goodspeed), or “pastor” (Williams). In such passages as Acts 20:17, 28 and Titus 1:5, 7 the terms “elders” and “overseers” appear together to suggest that the positions are partially, if not fully, interchangeable.
‎In discussing the office of an overseer, Paul was not requesting that Timothy begin a new office in the church. Men were already functioning in the position (Acts 14:23; 20:17, 28). What Paul stipulated was that those appointed to the office were to possess qualifications of commitment. Lea, Thomas D., and Hayne P. Griffin. 1, 2 Timothy, Titus. Vol. 34. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

The Kingdom of Light

The Kingdom of LightColossians 1:12
Excerpt ‎The kingdom of light is here a synonym for “the kingdom of God,” with emphasis on “the light,” that is, God’s own life, which shines on God’s people.
Bratcher, Robert G., and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on Paul’s Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Mundy's Quote of the Day

Mundy's Quote of the DayCan money save a person? No. Can your parents or children save you? No. Can your personal achievements or physical possessions save you? No. What then can save you? The blood of Jesus--genuine repentance of your sins, un-wavering faith in Him, accepting Him as your Lord and Savior, and believing that YHWH is the Father and Creator. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Logos Verse of the Day

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John 6:29King James Version

Jesus answered and said unto them, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent".

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Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

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Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

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Jesus replied, “This is the work of God—that you be…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

August 28

Meaningless Maxims
Isaiah 58:1–59:21; Luke 22:24–62; Job 13:1–12

“Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay” (Job 13:12).

There were bits of truth in the words spoken by Jobs’ friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. Between their blundering interpretations were words that expressed God’s majesty, justice, and sovereignty. Unfortunately, they pieced together their bits of truth and applied them incorrectly to Job’s life.

Job quickly saw through their packaged solution. However, not all those struggling with loss can handle an onslaught of helpful Christians with easy answers. When people go through difficult times and ask for advice—or even if they don’t—it’s tempting to deliver our responses based on our own experiences. Eliphaz argued this way: “Just as I have seen, powers of mischief and sowers of trouble will reap it” (Job 4:8).

The way we interpret and respond to events in our lives is often Scripture-based and Spirit-led. Though we should readily …