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SolomonMatthew 6:29 Excerpt ‎The third king of Israel (c. 971–931 bc), son of David and Bathsheba (2 Sa. 12:24); also named Jedidiah (‘beloved of the Lord’) by Nathan the prophet (2 Sa. 12:25). Solomon (šʾelōmōh, probably‘peaceful’) does not figure in the biblical narrative until the last days of David (1 Ki. 1:10ff.) despite the fact that he was born (in Jerusalem; 2 Sa. 5:14) early in his father’s reign.
Hubbard, D. A. “Solomon.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 1116. Print.

Outlines of Proverbs 3:1-4

Outlines of Proverbs 3:1-4Proverbs 3:1-4 Excerpt      ‎How to Live a Long Life (vv. 1–4) ‎A.     The key ‎1.     “Forget not My law” ‎2.     “Let thy heart keep My commandments” ‎3.     “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee” ‎4.     In other words: internalize your beliefs ‎B.     The benefit ‎1.     Quantity of life — length of days and long life ‎2.     Quality of life ‎a.     Peace ‎b.     Favor with God and man ‎c.     Good understanding with God and man
Wood, Charles R. Sermon Outlines on the Book of Proverbs. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1984. Print.

. The Discussion

. The Discussion ‎David could not believe that no one would take up the challenge of this “uncircumcised Philistine.” He grew increasing interested in the promised reward which he overheard the troops discussing. By questioning several men, David verified the truth of the reward rumor. When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard these discussions, his anger burned against David. He wrongly rebuked David for abandoning his responsibilities of tending a small flock of sheep. He falsely accused David of having a perverse interest in watching the battle which was about to take place. David’s response is typical of younger brothers throughout the centuries: “Was it not just a question?” David turned away from Eliab and began to question other men at the front (17:26–30).
Smith, James E. The Books of History. Joplin, MO: College Press, 1995. Print. Old Testament Survey Series.

Paradigmatic Preaching: The Sermon on the Mount

Paradigmatic Preaching: The Sermon on the Mount  Excerpt
‎Now Christ makes clear that he isnot contradicting the law, but neither is he preservingit unchanged. He comes “to fulfill” it, i.e., he will bring the law to its intended goal. This is what the Pharisees and scribes have missed, who therefore need a greater conformity to God’s standards (v. 20). Both the Law and the Prophets together (v. 17) and the Law by itself (v. 18) were standard Jewish ways of referring to the entire Hebrew Scriptures (our Old Testament).

‎Fulfillment of Scripture, as throughout chaps. 1–4, refers to the bringing to fruition of its complete meaning. Here Jesus views his role as that of fulfilling all of the Old Testament. This claim has massive hermeneutical implications and challenges both classic Reformed and Dispensationalist perspectives. It is inadequate to say either that none of the Old Testament applies unless it is explicitly reaffirmed in the New or that all of the Old Testament applies unless…


MeeknessMatthew 5:5 Excerpt ‎In the NT meekness (prautēs and adjective praus) refers to an inward attitude, whereas *gentleness is expressed rather in outward action. It is part of the fruit of Christlike character produced only by the Spirit (Gal. 5:23, [AV]). The meek do not resent adversity because they accept everything as being the effect of God’s wise and loving purposefor them, so that they accept injuries from men also (as Moses above), knowing that these are permitted by God for their ultimate good (cf. 2 Sa. 16:11). The meekness and gentleness of Christ was the source of Paul’s own plea to the disloyal Corinthians (2 Cor. 10:1). He enjoined meekness as the spirit in which to rebuke an erring brother (2 Tim. 2:25, [AV]), and when bearing with one another (Eph. 4:2). Similarly, Peter exhorted that the inquiring or arguing heathen should be answered in meekness (1 Pet. 3:15, [AV]). Supremely meekness is revealed in the character of Jesus (Mt. 11:29, [AV]; 21:5, [AV]), demonstr…

Seek First His Righteousness

Seek First His RighteousnessMatthew 6:33 Excerpt ‎When God’s people corporately seek first his priorities, they will by definition take care of the needy in their fellowships. When one considers that over 50 percent of all believers now live in the Two-Thirds World and that a substantial majority of those believers live below what we would consider the poverty line, a huge challenge to First-World Christianity emerges. Without a doubt, most individual and church budgets need drastic realignment in terms of what Christians spend on themselves versus what they spend on others (cf. 2 Cor 8:13–15).
Blomberg, Craig. Matthew. Vol. 22. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

Mundy's Quote of the Day

Mundy's Quote of the Day What is the difference of a physical Bible-totingChristian, and a Christian that shows his or her godlycharacteristics,and Jesus' light in their lives? The first wants to be seen of people as a Christian and want people to believe that they never sin--holier than thou. The latter's life is simple, humble, walk, talk, give in helps from the heart, visits the sick or incarcerated, have quiet personal communion with God: Prayer and Bible study, and worships the Lord in the sanctuary. It is a BIGdifference between the two, ... isn't it?  Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Logos Verse of the Day

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Romans 15:7King James Version

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

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Glorify God Together ] Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.

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Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

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Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

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Keep Us from Distraction

September 22

Keep Us from DistractionHaggai 1:1–2:23; Acts 20:1–38; Job 28:1–11
It’s easy to get distracted from the good work God intends for us to do. Competing forces vie for our attention; we’re sidetracked by fear or selfishness. We start living our own stories and lose sight of the greater narrative, of which our lives are just one thread.

The Jewish exiles who returned to Jerusalem had begun the work of reconstructing the temple, a symbol of God’s presence among His people. In the rebuilding of the temple, they gathered up the remnants of their broken identities and together formed a collective identity as Yahweh’s people. They had their priorities in order.

Then they got distracted. When they started putting their own needs and security first, Yahweh sent the prophet Haggai to remind them of their true purpose: “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your houses that have been paneled while this house is desolate?… Consider your ways! You have sown much but have harvested …