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Who's Son are You?

Who's Son are You? Excerpt ‎When the conflict was over, Saul inquired as to the identity of the young warrior and learned that he was David, son of Jesse (vv. 55, 58). Why could not Saul recognize David, who had already served him for some time as musician and armor-bearer? One answer is that Saul was not asking who David was but for the first time was curious about David’s family connections: Whose son is that young man? (v. 55; cf. v. 25) When David himself was interrogated he did not say, “I am David,” but only, I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem (v. 58). Another and perhaps better solution is that David’s previous service had been brief and intermittent and now several years had passed since Saul had last seen him. If, for example, David had been only 12 years old when he came as Saul’s musician and had stayed off and on for only a year or so, he might have been 17 or 18 by the time of the Philistine episode and no longer recognizable to Saul. This view is streng…

Let Us Not Grow Weary

Let Us Not Grow Weary ‎But Christians may become discouraged with spiritual sowing because the harvest is often long in coming. In the face of this reality the apostle charged the Galatians not to become weary or give up because the harvest is sure. (Paul included himself as he no doubt contemplated his sometimes frustrating labors on behalf of the Galatian Christians.) The reaping will come at God’s proper time, which may be only in part in this life and in full in the life to come at the judgment seat of Christ.
Campbell, Donald K. “Galatians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 610. Print.

Water

WaterIsaiah 55:1 Excerpt ‎In the East, water is a precious ingredient; and an abundance of water is a special blessing (41:17; 44:3). Wine, milk, and bread were staples of their diet. The people were living on substitutes that did not nourish them. They needed “the real thing,” which only the Lordcould give. In Scripture, both water and wine are pictures of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37–39; Eph. 5:18). Jesus is the “bread of life” (John 6:32–35), and His living Wordis like milk (1 Peter 2:2). Our Lord probably had Isaiah 55:2 in mind when He said, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life” (John 6:27, NKJV).
Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Comforted. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Print. “Be”Commentary Series.

To the Faithful

To the FaithfulEphesians 1:1 Excerpt ‎Faithful applies to the readers’ faithfulness in their Christian life, the degree to which they have remained loyal followers of Christ Jesus. Some take the word here to mean “believers” (so New English Bible [NEB], “believers incorporate in Christ Jesus”), but most translate faithful, loyal, steadfast. In a number of languages faithful can be effectively expressed in a negative way; for example, “they never fail to,” or in the broader context of the clause in which faithful occurs, “who, as they are joined with Jesus Christ in their life, never give up” or “…always remain firm.”
Bratcher, Robert G., and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Subjection of Christ

Subjection of Christ Excerpt ‎“Sanctify Christ as Lord” is the best translation of v. 15. Put Him on the throne of your heart. If He controls our lives, then we will always have an answer when people ask about the hope we have in Him (Mark 13:11). A surrendered heart and a good conscience will together give peace when people accuse us falsely. ‎Sinners may accuse us, but God knows the heart; and we fear God, not men (Isa. 8:12–13). Again, Peter reminds them of the sufferings of Christ, that He was falsely accused yet left the matter with His Father.
Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print

Kindness

KindnessEphesians 2:7
Excerpt ‎The particular channel in which the riches of his grace flows is kindness shown to us in Christ Jesus. Kindness in the matter of the blessing, forgiving us freely, and accepting and adopting us in him; kindness in the manner of the blessing, dealing with us as Jesus dealt with the woman that was a sinner, or with the thief on the cross, or with Peter after he had fallen, or with Saul of Tarsus; kindness in the extent of the blessing, providing amply for every want; kindness in the duration of the blessing—for evermore.
Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. Ephesians. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.

Priesthood of Melchizedek

Priesthood of MelchizedekExcerpt‎The priesthood of Melchizedek is the main theme of Hebrews 7–10, so we need not enter into the details now. You will want to read Gen. 14:17–20 for the background. The whole argument of Heb. 7–10 is that Christ is a greater high priest because His priesthood is of a greater order—it belongs to Melchizedek, not Aaron. The name “Melchizedek” means “king of righteousness”; he was also priest of Salem, which means “peace.” Aaron was never a priest-king; but Jesus is both Priest and King. He is a Priest seated on a throne! And His ministry is of peace, the “rest” that was discussed in chapters 3–4.
‎Christ came from Judah, the kingly tribe, and not from Levi, the priestly tribe. Melchizedek suddenly appears in Gen. 14 and then drops out of the story; there is no listing of his beginning or ending. Thus, he is compared to Christ’s eternal Sonship, for He too is “without beginning and ending.” Aaron died and had to be replaced; Christ will never die—His pries…

What's been going on at Thessalonica?

What's been going on at Thessalonica?2 Thessalonians 2:1-16
Excerpt ‎The Christians at Thessalonica are young in their faith. It may be that they have misunderstood something Paul wrote in his first letter. They are very excited by the hope that Jesus Christ will appear again — bringing their suffering to an end and punishing those who are ill-treating them.
‎Paul told them in his first letter that the Day of the Lord (the return of Jesus) would come with sudden destruction (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Perhaps an earthquake or some other disaster has seemed to fulfil this prophecy. Now the Thessalonians are wondering why they are still suffering persecution (1:5–7). Some of their number have reacted to the crisis by giving up work and are now making a nuisance of themselves while relying on others to support them (3:11). ‎So Paul writes his second letter. …

Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide.1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001. Print.

Jacob's Well

Jacob's Well
‎Going northward to Judea of Galilee Jesus “must needs go through Samaria.” On this journey He came to Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph, where Jacob’s Well is still found. Here we are upon undisputed ground. According to Dean Stanley it is, perhaps, the only place the identity of which is beyond all question. On the 3rd of May, 1894, the artist and one of the editors reached this place about three o’clock in the afternoon. We came, doubtless, over the very road on horseback that our Savior traveled with His disciples in December, A. D. 27. Here the writer read the fourth chapter of St. John’s Gospel. Here the conversation took place between Jesus and the woman of Samaria. We could look to Mount Gerizim on our left and remember the temple to which the woman pointed when she said: “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain.” Jacob’s Well now belongs to the Greek Church. The keeper of the church wanted us to write our names in a book…

The Boldness of a Blind Man

The Boldness of a Blind ManJohn 9:30-33
Excerpt ‎The blind man is bolder than his parents, who refuse to take any position on their son’s healing because of the known hostility of the religious leaders to Jesus (cf. vv. 20–23). The once blind man openly expressed the obvious fact that the leaders were intent on trying to hide. The blessing of sight restored was so great that nothing the leaders could do would intimidate him.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Judgement of Jews and Gentiles

Judgement of Jews and Gentiles Excerpt ‎The statement first for the Jew, then for the Gentile (lit. “Greek”) does not imply special consideration for Jews. Instead, in the light of the divine standard of impartiality (God does not show favoritism), it emphasizes that the entire human race is dealt with by God.
Witmer, John A. “Romans.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 445. Print.

Mundy's Quote of the Day

Mundy's Quote of the Day When we hear the word or command "come", we quickly analyse the situation or circumstance that we are in at that present time. When we heard the word "come"  when we were in our sins as muck is when water is on sinking sand in water and we were standing in it bewildered. As we stood there wondering who, what, where, when or how we were going to get out of our mess, that still quiet voice of Jesus said, "come". He asked us to "come", and we did! We have never been the same since accepting that invitation of a simple non-coercing word, "come". - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Logos Verse of the Day

Gateway Bible Verse of the Day

Ephesians 2:19King James Version

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

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Christ Our Cornerstone] Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

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So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

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So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

August 30

Dawning of a New Era
Isaiah 63:1–64:12; Luke 23:26–24:12; Job 14:1–10

Jesus’ resurrection brings a new era. Although Jesus told His disciples and loved ones that He would suffer, die, and be raised on the third day (Luke 9:22), they didn’t fully comprehend His promise. The women preparing fragrant spices and perfumes for a burial ritual fully expected to find Jesus’ body in the tomb.

Instead, at the dawn of the first day of the week, they found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. The women were perplexed by their discovery, but the angels challenged them, reminding them of Jesus’ promise: “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how he spoke to you while he was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of men who are sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise?” (Luke 24:5–7).

Jesus’ resurrection presents new hope for the disciples and those who believe in Him. It also sho…