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Bread and Our Physical Needs

Bread and Our Physical Needs Excerpt ‎When all our needs are met and all is well in our lives, we tend to take the credit for what we have, to feel that we carry our own load. We work hard to earn the money we need to buy food and clothes, pay our rent or mortgage. But even the hardest-working individual owes all he earns to God’s provision. Moses reminded Israel that God “is giving you power to make wealth” (Deut. 8:18).
‎Our life, breath, health, possessions, talents, and opportunities all originate from resources God has created and made available to man. Everything we have is from God: It is He who brings the rain to make things grow, causes the seasons to change, produces the minerals that make the soil fertile, provides the natural resources we use to propel ourselves around, and provides the animals and plants from which we make our clothing and food. Our daily bread—the necessities of physical life—are all from God. …
MacArthur, John F., Jr. Alone with God. Wheaton, IL: Victo…


This prayer is not free-standing; it is intimately connected by themes and link-words with the discourse that precedes it (chs. John 14–16), as even the first words of John 17:1 (‘After Jesus said this …’) intimate. Indeed, there is ample evidence that prayers of one sort or another were frequently connected with ‘farewell discourses’ in the ancient world, both in Jewish   p 551  and in Hellenistic literature (e.g.Gn. 49; Dt. 32–33; Jubilees 22:7–23).1 What is unique about this prayer rests neither on form nor on literary associations but on him who offers it, and when. He is the incarnate Son of God, and he is returning to hisFather by the route of a desperately shameful and painful death. He prays that the course on which he is embarked will bring glory to his Father, and that his followers, in consequence of his own death and exaltation, will be preserved from evil and for the priceless privilege of seeing Jesus’ glory, all the while imitating in t…


Signs Excerpt ‎Although John also recognizes the problems inherent in signs and in the demand for signs (John 2:18, John 2:23; John 4:48; John 6:2, John 6:14, John 6:30), he nonetheless calls miracles σημεῖα because through them Jesus manifests his glory and reveals his mission as the Son of God(John 2:11; John 20:30f.). Whereas the Baptist performs no signs (John 10:41), many great signs characterize Jesus’ activity (John 3:2; John 7:31; John 9:16; John 11:47; John 12:37); the appearances of the resurrected Jesus are to be understood similarly (John 20:30). The Johannine miracles point beyond themselves to the eschatological Savior (John 6:14; John 7:31; John 12:18) and provoke faith in him (John 2:11, John 2:23; John 4:53; John 9:35; John 11:47f.; John 20:30f.). But this faith can remain superficial and egocentric (John 4:48; John 6:14, John 6:30) or can be rejected (John 12:37, John 12:39); and signs cannot always defeat the conviction that Jesus is a deceiver (John 11:47f., follo…

Judas Iscariot

Judas IscariotJohn 17:19 Excerpt ‎It is clear that John regarded Judas as thoroughly villainous, and as an evangelist John took pains to point out his wicked character. Even though Judas’s name is not always used, his evil nature lurks in the background of the Gospel. So as early as John 6:70 John already called him a devil; then at John 12:6 Judas is regarded as a thief; at John 13:27 he is an instrument of Satan, and here John sees Jesus dismissing him as the perishing one, the bad egg, or the weak link in the chain of the disciples.
‎Not only was Judas the weak link, but he was an evil instrument in his fulfillment of Scripture. Although at this point it would be difficult to tell which Scripture was in the evangelist’s mind, other New Testament texts related to Judas’s actions seem to suggest more specific references such as Matt 27:3–10, which probably refers to Zech 11:12–13 and Acts 1:16–20, which contains a free rendering of Ps 69:25.
Borchert, Gerald L. John 12–21.Vol. 25B.

The Temple of Artemis

‎This temple, called Artemision, was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Construction began in the mid-sixth century BC; more than a century later, it was the largest building in Rome, Greece, or Asia. Roughly four times the size of the Parthenon in Athens, it featured 127 columns, each measuring 60 ft. in height. It made Ephesus the center of Artemis worship.

To Make Holy

To Make HolyJohn 17:19 Excerpt ‎The vb. ἁγιάζω ['to make holy'] is used 17 times pass. and 11 times act. The following are made holy or are holy (pass.): the name of God (Matt 6:9 par. Luke 11:2); those who believe (John 17:19b; Acts 20:32; 26:18; 1 Cor 1:2; 1 Cor. 6:11; 1 Cor. 7:14 [twice]; 2 Tim 2:21), who are all consecrated through the one Son (Heb 2:11b; cf. Heb. 10:10, Heb. 10:14); everything which Godhas created (1 Tim 4:5); and, finally, Christ himself, who is consecrated through the blood of the covenant (Heb 10:29 [referring to Exod 24:8]). In pass. constructions God is very frequently to be understood as the subject of the consecration (divine passive).
Balz, Horst Robert, and Gerhard Schneider. Exegetical dictionary of the New Testament 1990– : 17. Print.

A Prayer for Protection

A Prayer for Protection
Excerpt ‎The prayer of Jesus was not for God to send something like “rescue planes” to evacuate the disciples from their hostile setting in the world. Such a plan would destroy God’s mission through them. Nor was it to wrap them in some plastic, danger-free safety casing where they would never encounter evil. But the prayer of Jesus was to protect them from succumbing to the onslaught of evil or the evil one.+
Borchert, Gerald L. John 12–21. Vol. 25B. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002. Print. The New American Commentary.

Logos Verse of the Day

Bible Gateway Verse for the Day

Hebrews 4:12King James Version

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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English Standard Version

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day
Stop using the excuse: "I can sin all that I want too, because The Lord will forgive me"! And also, stop saying, "for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God"; Romans 3:23. Stop using God as an excuse to sin, because, He is a righteous God and abhors sin. Live your best by obeying God's commands and precepts,and see how He will richly best you. Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

October 27: Dreams of Redemption Daniel 4:1–37;1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:11; Job 41:1–9
I’ve known people who seemed beyond saving—who seemed to have gone too far down the wrong path to ever turn to the right one. But in the Bible we see that this is not the case. God is capable of turning anyone’s heart. One of the most shocking examples is Nebuchadnezzar.
In a decree to all the nations he rules (and perhaps other nations as well), Nebuchadnezzar remarks: “It is pleasing to me to recount the signs and wonders that the Most High God worked for me. How great are his signs and wonders, how strong is his kingdom, an everlasting kingdom; and his sovereignty is from generation to generation” (Dan 4:2–3). He then goes on to recount a dream that Yahwehplanted in his mind.
Before Nebuchadnezzar experiences redemption,he tastes humiliation and endures great trials (Dan 4:28–33). But Yahweh does not intend to merely humble the king—He intends to make him a righteous man who can be used forHis good p…