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Logos Verse of the Day

Words Not Heard By Human Ear

Words Not Heard By Human Ear Excerpt ‎Both by day and by night, God’s creation is speaking (v. 2), but this speech is not heard with the human ear. Verse 3 should read, “There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard” (NIV). We hear the voice of God in creation by seeing His wisdom and power. Certainly so complex an entity as our universe (and the universes beyond our own universe) demands a Creator and Sustainer. To believe that the universe evolved out of nothing and arranged itself in this orderly manner is folly.
Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the Old Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1993. Print.

Jews and Gentiles

Jews and Gentiles Excerpt ‎How could Joseph’s Son—the Boy they saw grow up in their town—be the Messiah? Jesus, sensing their opposition (4:23-24), noted two instances in which God’s prophets ministered miraculous acts of grace to Gentiles while Israel was in unbelief—Elijah and the widow of Zarephath (vv. 25-26; cf. 1 Kings 17:8-16), and Elisha and Naaman the Syrian leper (Luke 4:27; cf. 2 Kings 5:1-19).
‎Jesus’ mentionof Gentiles rather than Jews having God’s blessing caused the people to be furious (Luke 4:28). They attempted to kill Him, but He walked right through the crowd (v. 30). Luke no doubt described a miraculous escape from the angry crowd. This pattern is seen throughout the rest of Jesus’ ministry: Jesus went to the Jews; they rejected Him; He told of Gentile participation in the kingdom; some Jews wanted to kill Him. But He was not killed until the proper time, when He chose to die (23:46; cf. John 10:15, 17-18).
Martin, John A. Luke.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: …

Beware of Personal Favoritism

Beware of Personal Favoritism Excerpt ‎James taught the strongest possible connection between faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and impartiality. God does not play favorites, yet we do (cf. 2:9), sinners that we are. The world’s love shows its true nature in its lack of love for the many who suffer under desperate circumstances. Just as James earlier demonstrated the incompatibility of double-mindedness and prayer, he here showed the impossibility of combining faith and the approval of the world.
‎Can favoritism or partiality coexist with the glorious Christ of faith? Impossible. God does display preferential treatment, but toward the poor (2:5) with the intent to demonstrate the greatness of his grace. Special respect of persons based on their high social standing is antithetical to faith in God. Believers must never mix faith with partiality. If they do, it is just another case of double-mindedness. When favoritism dominates, the obedience of faith is compromised and undermined.

He Whom God has Sent

He Whom God has Sent‎The Apostle John referred to Jesus as the One whom God has sent. Thirty-nine times the Gospel ofJohn refers to Jesusbeing sent fromGod (vv. 17, 34; 4:34; 5:23-24, 30, 36-38; 6:29, 38-39, 44, 57; 7:16, 28-29; 8:16, 18, 26, 29, 42; 9:4; 10:36;11:42; 12:44-45, 49; 13:16, 20; 14:24; 15:21; 16:5; 17:3, 18, 21, 23, 25; 20:21). This affirms Jesus’ deity and heavenly origin, as well as God’s sovereignty and lovein initiating the Son’s Incarnation (cf. Gal. 4:4; 1 John 4:9-10, 14).
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. 283. Print.

The First Marriage

The First Marriage Excerpt ‎Everything in Creation was “very good” (1:31) except the loneliness of Adam. “It is not good for man to be alone” points to the basis for marriage: (1) to provide companionship; (2) to carry on the race; (3) to help one another and bring out the best. The word “helpmeet” (v. 18) refers to helper: one that meets his needs. This companion was not found anywhere in animal creation, thus showing the great gulf that is fixed between brute creatures and human beings made in the image ofGod. God madethe first woman out of the flesh and bone of the first man, and He “closed up the flesh in its place” (v. 21, [NKJV]). The verb “made” in v. 22 is actually the word “built,” as one would build a temple. The fact that Eve was made from Adam shows the unity of the human race and the dignity of woman. It has been remarked that Eve was made, not from the man’s feet to be trampled by him, or from his head to rule over him, but from his side, to be near his heart and loved …

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day
When you feel down-and-out, or things in your life are not going the way you want them too, God is trying your faith. Are you doing what YHWH tells you to do? Or, are you doing your "on-thing"? It's time that you take a self-assessment of your life, and change yourself to what YHWH wants you to be. Get out of your will, and get in God's will. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Gateway Bible Verse of the Day

James 3:13King James Version

Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

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New King James Version

Heavenly Versus Demonic Wisdom ] Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

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English Standard Version

Wisdom from Above ] Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

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New American Standard Bible

Wisdom from Above ] Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

September 16: Freedom and Response
Micah 4:1–6:16; Acts 14:8–15:21; Job 23:1–17

Freedom from sin gives us the power to love. But freedom from poverty or oppression or guilt sometimes makes us complacent. We forget our inclination to wander away from God’s will and pursue our own, and we overlook that God will eventually call us to account. Although Micah prophesied during a time of prosperity in Israel, it was also a time of spiritual deficiency. The powerful were oppressing the weak (Mic 2:1–2; 3:2–3) politically and economically.

Micah holds Israel to account in this passage. The prophet paints a courtroom scene with God judging His people for their unfaithfulness: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does Yahweh ask from you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic 6:8).

The mountains and the hills listen as Yahweh accuses Israel, and the evidence He presents is startling. God has been active and present in His people’s lives, t…