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The Adornment of a Christian Woman

The Adornment of a Christian Woman Excerpt ‎Peter in verses 1 and 2 exhorts these Christian wives to win their husbands to the Lord by pious living. In this verse, he forbids them to depend upon outward adornment in their effort at gaining their husbands, and not only upon outward adornment as such, but upon worldly adornment, the kind which they wore before they were saved, immodest, gaudy, conspicuous. These women were making the mistake of thinking that if they would dress as the world dressed, that that would please their unsaved husbands, and they would thus be influenced the easier to take the Lord Jesus as Saviour. It is true that they would be pleased, pleased because the appearance of their wives appealed to their totally depraved natures, and pleased because the Christian testimony of their wives was nullified by their appearance. They would say, “What you appear to be speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.” It is not true that that would help win their husband…

The Old Self

The Old SelfEphesians 4:22 ‎Paul refers to the sin nature which is set on a course of corruption. Don’t try to reform. You won’t succeed. Any person’s only hope is a new self “created” by God. As Eph. 2:1–10 reminds us, this new creation takes place when we believe in Jesus. Now it is up to us to decide whether we will follow the pull of old, sinful desires or respond to the new self’s pull toward righteousness. God won’t force you to be godly. But if you choose righteousness, He will enable you.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print

Overview of Psalm 139

Overview of Psalm 139Psalm 139 Excerpt ‎David meditates on the omniscience (139:1–6), omnipresence (vv. 7–12), and omnipotence (vv. 13–18) of God. He then applies these truths to the wicked, whom he calls on God to slay (vv. 19–22), and to himself, whom he calls on God to examine and to lead (vv. 23–24).
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

The Omnipresence of God

The Omnipresence of GodPsalm 139:7 Excerpt ‎The thought of such confining knowledge (vv. 1-6) may have prompted David’s desire to escape, as verses 7-12 suggest. This is indicated in verse 7 by two rhetorical questions: there is absolutely no place where he could escape from the presence of the Lord (cf. Jer. 23:24).
Ross, Allen P. “Psalms.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 891. Print

Faith and Victory

Faith and Victory Excerpt ‎Living in obedience to God is the life of faith — a victory over the ways and wiles of the world. Our faith is in the victory of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, over the power of sin and death.
Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001. Print


DarknessPsalm 139:11-12 Excerpt ‎Imagery based on darkness is especially prominent in the poetic books where it represents destruction, death, and the underworld (Isa. 5:30; Isa. 47:5; Ps. 143:3; Job 17:13; cf. Mark 15:33) in a manner similar to that known in other ancient Near Eastern cultures. Conceived as a curse or punishment (Deut. 28:29; Ps. 35:6), darkness characterizes the coming Day of the Lord (Joel 2:2; Amos 5:18). God’s appearance is often accompanied by darkness (1 Kings 8:12), which, according to Gen. 1:2, prevailed prior to creation, although Isa. 45:7 and Ps. 104:20 assert that it was created by God. The Dead Sea Scrolls contrast light and darkness as representing the forces of good and evil, both metaphysically and psychologically; a similar view has been noted in the Gospel ofJohn.
Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 207. Print.

Logos Verse for the Day

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Proverbs 9:10King James Version

The fear of the Lordis the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

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“The fear of the Lordis the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

October 24: Constantly in Prayer
Ezekiel 47:1–48:35; 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10; Job 39:24–40:2

Desperate circumstances often dictate our prayers. We pray for others when they’re in need, or we thank God for others when they fill our needs. But how often do we thank God for the faith of those around us?
When Paul writes to the believers in Thessalonica, he opens by saying, “We give thanks to God always concerning all of you, making mention constantly in our prayers” (1 Thess 1:2). Paul and his disciples thank God for their “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father” (1 Thess 1:3).

Those who appear to be moving along well by our standards may be struggling in their faith. Other believers, just like us, go through ebbs and flows in their journey. It shouldn’t take a catastrophe for us to recognize their need for prayer.

We can learn something from Paul, a church planter and disciple maker who was no doubt keenly a…