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TemptationJames 1:12-15 Excerpt ‎   The term is used in the Bible to convey two somewhat different ideas. The first is that of ‘testing’ or ‘proving by testing,’ to determine the depth and integrity of one’s commitment to God (see, e.g., God’s command to Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice in Gen. 22:1-19; also the testing of Job in Job 1-2). In the [NT], some of the writers thought of persecution as a ‘testing’ in this manner (e.g., 1 Pet. 1:3-9). The intent of this testing is ultimately to strengthen the person’s faith and devotion to God. 
‎The second nuance of temptation is more in line with modern popular understandings of the term, namely, an enticement toward sin leading to a deliberate act of evil against God or one’s neighbor. The biblical writers are careful, however, to make it clear that God does not ‘tempt’ humans to do evil (e.g., James 1:12-15) and in fact makes available the resources necessary to resist temptation (e.g., 1 Cor. 10:13). The familiar petition…

John 10:1-21: Parable of Mashal

John 10:1-21: Parable of Mashal Excerpt ‎I prefer, however, not to use the parabolic categories associated with Synoptic studies but rather to employ the more Semitic designation of mashal. A mashal, or symbolic illustration, is a figurative text that can interweave as few or as many tangents and implications as are considered necessary by the writer or storyteller. 
Since the Hebrew term māšāl has considerable breadth of meaning, I believe such breadth adheres in the New Testament to such Greek terms as parabolē (“parable,” which is not used in this Gospel) and paroimia (“image” or “figure,”see 10:6). Both of the meshalim (chaps. 10; 15) in John include tangential arguments and references, but in the shepherd mashal the tangents are more developed than in the vine text. Yet it is important to note that despite the tangents here, the main direction of the mashal remains constant. The messianic figure here is Jesus who cares for his sheep like God does. But the enemies are identified w…

Galileans were Killed while Sacrificing

Galileans were Killed while Sacrificing  Excerpt ‎Galileans. Elsewhere Peter (22:59) and Jesus (23:6) are called “Galileans.” ‎Blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. They were killed as they were sacrificing. Therefore this had to have taken place in the temple in Jerusalem, the only place sacrifices could be made. For “Pilate” see comments on 3:1. 
Attempts have been made to relate this incident to some other recorded events, but it appears that Luke preserved an incident that was not recorded by Josephus or the other contemporary writers.
Stein, Robert H. Luke. Vol. 24. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

Love God, Obey His Commandments

Love God, Obey His Commandments Excerpt ‎John is not talking about how we know others have a vital relationship with God. He is discussing how a real faith in Jesus expresses itself in our lives. As we experience love for others and for God, and find ourselves choosing to obey His commandments, we realize that we truly have been born again. Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.


‎Nazareth, the city that gave its name to Christianity, was described by St. Jerome as “the flower of Galilee and the nurse of Christ”. Here the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she was going to give birth to Jesus (Luke 1:26–38). Here Jesus grew up and went out to preach in the surrounding cities and villages, until he was driven out by the inhabitants after declaring himself to be the Messiah (Luke 4:21). At that time, during the Roman period, Nazareth was a small, unimportant Jewish village. In 1620 the Druze ruler, Fakhr a-Din, allowed Franciscan monks to purchase the remains of the Crusader Church of the Annunciation, and later to settle in the town and build churches and monasteries. Today it is the largest Arab city in Galilee and a center of Christianpilgrimage.

Mundy's Quote of the Day

Mundy's Quote of the Day
Keeping quiet can show your wisdom, and quell a lot of harm, and quiet a bad situation. James 1:5; 3:6 - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

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Bible Gateway Verse of the Day

Matthew 28:18-20King James Version

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on ea…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

September 5
I Loved You; I Love You NowHosea 11:1–12:14; Acts 5:1–42; Job 16:10–22
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son” (Hos 11:1). This line is beautiful if read alone, but it is sad when read in context: “When I called them, they went from my face. They sacrificed to the Baals, and they sacrificed to idols” (Hos 11:2). It’s incredible how quickly we forget God’s mercy and provision. All too soon we return to putting our desires before His.
When we put things in front of God’s will—false gods and our own misguided ways (Baals and idols)—we thwart His will not only for our lives, but also for the lives of others. For each of us, God has a tremendous plan that also affects others, for His glory and for the betterment of the world. When we fail to seek His will, we neglect our faith and operate by our own agenda, setting His workaside.

Our missteps can have terribly painful consequences: “The sword rages in [my people’s] cities; it consumes [their] fals…