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Bethlehem

BethlehemLuke 2:4 Excerpt ‎The great importance of Bethlehem for Christians throughout the centuries is that the Gospels record the birth of Jesus as having taken place there, in fulfillment of a prophecy of Micah (Mic. 5:2; Matt. 2; Luke 2; John 7:42). The traditional site of the manger in which the infant Jesus was laid (Luke 2:7) is a cave under the great Church of the Nativity, the place of the manger being marked by a star with the Latin inscription Hic De Virgine Maria Jesus Christus Natus Est, ‘Here Jesus Christ Was Born of the Virgin Mary.’ A bitter dispute between the Orthodox and Roman Catholics about this star (1847-53) was one of the causes of the Crimean War (1853-56). The tombs of Jerome (d. 420) and his friends Paula (d. 404) and Eusebius of Cremona (d. ca. 423) are in neighboring grottoes. Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 107. Print.

The Will of God

The Will of God Excerpt ‎The phrase, “the will of God,” has two significations in Scripture: the one is the determination ofGod—his decree; the other is his desire, that in which he delights—a will, however, which may be frustrated by the perversity of his creatures. It is in this latter sense that the word is here employed. Even your sanctification; complete consecration; holiness taken in its most general sense.
Our holiness is the great design of Christ’s death, and is the revealedwill of God. Some (Olshausen, Lünemann) restrict the term to moral purity, and consider the next clause as its explanation ([comp]. Rom. 12:1). That ye should abstain from fornication; a vice fearfully prevalent among the heathen, and which, indeed, they hardly regarded as wrong. Especially it was the great sin of Corinth, from which the apostle wrote, the patron goddess of which city was Venus.
Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. 1 Thessalonians. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The P…

Jesus Did It for Us

Jesus Did It for Us ‎Jesus was not tempted so that the Father could determine the Son’s characterandability, for theFatherhad already approved theSon (3:22) and would do so again (9:35). Nor was Hetempted to give Satan a chance to defeat Him, for Satan probably did not even want this confrontation, knowing that Jesus could overcome his every tactic. Jesus was tempted so that He could personally experience what we go through and so be prepared to assist us (Heb. 2:16–18; 4:14–16) and to show us how we can overcome the evil one by means of the Spirit of God (v. 1) and the Word of God (v. 4). The first Adam was tested in a beautiful garden and failed, but the Last Adam was victorious in a terrible wilderness.
Wiersbe, Warren W. Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992. Print.

Psalm 119

Psalm 119 Excerpt ‎This [Psalm] is special in several ways. It is the longest [Psalm] (176 verses), and it is an acrostic [Psalm], following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In most editions of the Bible, the twenty-two sections of this [Psalm] are headed by the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet (Aleph, Beth, Gimel, etc.). In the Hebrew Bible,each versein a section begins with thatHebrew letter. For example, all the verses in the “aleph”section (vv. 1–8) begin with the Hebrew letter“aleph.” Look at the “teth”section (vv. 65–72) and startv. 67with“Til” and v. 71with“Tis,” and you will have each line starting with the English letter “T” (which is the same as the Hebrew “teth”). The Jews wrote in this fashion to help them memorize the Scriptures so they could meditate on God’s Word. We do not know who wrote this Psalm, although the writer refers to himself many times. He was suffering for his love for God’s Law (vv. 22, 50–53, 95, 98, 115), yet he had determined to obey the Wo…

God Spoke All those Words

God Spoke All those Words Excerpt ‎The Divine Being Himself was the speaker (De 5:12, 32, 33), in tones so loud as to be heard—so distinct as to be intelligible by the whole multitude standing in the valleys below, amid the most appalling phenomena of agitated nature. Had He been simply addressing rational and intelligent creatures, He would have spoken with the still small voice of persuasion and love. But He was speaking to those who were at the same time fallen and sinful creatures, and a corresponding change was required in the manner of God’s procedure, in order to give a suitable impression of the character and sanctions of the law revealed from heaven (Romans 11:5–9).
Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

All Flesh Died

All Flesh Died Excerpt ‎All the men, women, and children, that were in the world, excepting those in the ark, died. We may easily imagine what terror seized them. Our Saviour tells us, that till the very day that the flood came, they were eating and drinking, Lu 17:26, 27; they were deaf and blind to all Divine warnings. In this posture death surprised them. They were convinced of their folly when it was too late. We may suppose they tried all ways and means possible to save themselves, but all in vain. And those that are not found in Christ, the Ark, are certainly undone, undone for ever.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, 1997. Print.

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day
Teenagers today use the verb "hang" to refer to being with their friends, or places where friends gather together. Christians can also use the verb "hang" to represent the church, mosque or synagogue where they worship weekly with their godly friends. What unique way do you use the verb "hang" to be with your friends? The choice is yours to where you would like to hang-- the godly way, or the secular way. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

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Ephesians 5:1King James Version

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

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Walk in Love ] Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.

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Walk in Love ] Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

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Be Imitators of God ] Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

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Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

September 17: What Shall Be Done?
Micah 7:1–20; Acts 15:22–16:5; Job 24:1–11

How should we respond when those around us seem to be not only falling short of the glory of God, but actually abandoning God’s work? What should we do when we witness neighbors or friends tolerating or even justifying acts of injustice, oppression, greed, or idolatry? We live in such a time. So did the prophet Micah:

“Woe is me! For I have become like the gatherings of summer, like the gleanings of the grape harvest, when there is no cluster of grapes to eat or early ripened fruit that my soul desires. The faithful person has perished from the land, and there is none who is upright among humankind. All of them lie in wait; each hunts his brother with a net. Their hands are upon evil, to do it well; the official and the judge ask for the bribe, and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul; and they weave it together” (Mic 7:1–3).
Micah did what should be done—he spoke up; he told the truth. When we fin…