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Sermon on the Mount

Sermon on the Mount Excerpt ‎As with alms-giving, Jesus does not rule out all public behavior but stresses the private side of piety. Public prayer is very appropriate when practiced with right motives. But public orations should represent the overflow of a vibrant personal prayer life. What is more, prayer ought not to be used to gain plaudits, summarize a sermon, or communicate information to an audience but should reflect genuine conversation with God.
Blomberg, Craig. Matthew. Vol. 22. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992. Print. The New American Commentary.

Job's Character

Job's CharacterJb 1:1 Excerpt ‎Job’s character is described by the use of two pairs of qualities: blameless and upright, and one who feared God and turned away from evil. The first pair depicts Job as a morally good man, and the second pair as a religious person. The first word is translated in the King James Version (KJV) as “perfect,” which suggests a state of sinlessness. The idea is more exactly one of “moral integrity.” Upright translates a word having to do with “straightness” and again focuses upon Job’s honesty in his dealings. This first pair of terms in Hebrew is found in Psalm 25.21, translated by RSV as “integrity and uprightness,” and by TEV as “goodness and honesty”; in Psalm 37.37 they occur in parallel. In many languages the first pair of descriptions used of Job are rendered idiomatically; for example, “having one heart” or “speaking with one mouth.” Also common are terms for straightness, “going on the straight road,” and confidence, “man on whose word people re…

"I am the Bread of Life"

"I am the Bread of Life"John 6:35 ‎This corrected two more errors in their thinking: (1) The food of which He spoke refers to a Person, not a commodity. (2) And once someone is in right relationship to Jesus, he finds a satisfaction which is everlasting, not temporal. This “I am” statement is the first in a series of momentous “I am” revelations (cf.8:12; 10:7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). “Bread of Life” means bread which provides life. Jesus is man’s necessary “food.” In Western culture, bread is often optional, but it was an essential staple then. Jesus promised, He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty. The “nevers” are emphatic in Greek.
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. 295. Print.

Mountain Imagery

Mountain ImageryProverbs 8:25 Excerpt ‎Mountains are a symbol of eternal continuance (Dt. 33:15; Hab. 3:6) and stability (Is. 54:10). They are considered as the earliest created things (Jb. 15:7; Pr. 8:25), of ancient origin (Ps. 90:2) and objects of the Creator’s might (Ps. 65:6) and majesty (Ps. 68:16). They are the scenes of theophanies, melting at Yahweh’s presence (Jdg. 5:5. Ps. 97:5; Is. 64:1; Mi. 1:4) and shuddering at his judgments (Ps. 18:7; Mi. 6:1f.). They are called to cover the guilty from his face (Ho. 10:8; Lk. 23:30). When God touches them they bring forth smoke (Pss. 104:32; 144:5). They also rejoice at the advent of Israel’s redemption (Ps. 98:8; Is. 44:23; 49:13; 55:12), leap at the praise of the Lord (Ps. 114:4, 6) and are called to witness his dealingswith his people (Mi. 6:2).
Houston, J. M. “Mount, Mountain.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 789. Print.

Symbolism of Bread

Symbolism of BreadJohn 6:23 Excerpt ‎That so vital a commodity should leave its mark on language and symbolism is not surprising. From earliest times the word ‘bread’ was used for food in general (Gn. 3:19 and Pr. 6:8, where Heb. has ‘bread’). Since it was the staple article of diet, it was called ‘staff’ of bread (Lv. 26:26), which is probably the origin of our phrase ‘staff of life’. Those who were responsible for bread were important officials, as in Egypt (Gn. 40:1), and in Assyria a chief baker is honoured with an eponymy. Bread was early used in sacred meals (Gn. 14:18), and loaves were included in certain offerings (Lv. 21:6, etc.). Above all, it had a special place in the sanctuary as the ‘bread of the Presence’. The manna was later referred to as ‘heavenly bread’ (see Ps. 105:40). Our Lord referred to himself as the ‘bread of God’ and as the ‘bread of life’ (Jn. 6:33, 35)...
Martin, W. J. “Bread.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. NewBible dictionary 1996 : 146. Print.

Obey the Lord's Precepts

Obey the Lord's Precepts Excerpt ‎It is to be noticed that in verse 4 the Hebrew word translated precepts appears only in the Psalms. The Hebrew verb “to keep” is used in verses 4b and 5b (see its use inverse 2a); again, it means to follow, to “obey.” ‎In verse 5 the wish represented by O that … may be expressed by “I hope that” or “I wish that.” NJB has “May my ways be steady in doing your will.”
Bratcher, Robert G., and William David Reyburn. A Translator’s Handbook on the Book of Psalms. New York: United Bible Societies, 1991. Print. UBS Handbook Series

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day
When you pray, pray from the heart and be sincere and genuine. God answer's the prayers of the righteous, And a sinner that accepts Him through faith in Jesus' teachings, death, resurrection and ascension in to heaven. Let no one tell or teach you that God does not hear a sinner's prayer. He hear us when we were lost in our sins. He not only saved us, but forgave our sins, and adopted us as His child, and immediately, gave us His Spirit to indwell in us. We know that Spirit as the Holy Spirit. Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy

Logos Verse for the Day

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Romans 13:6King James Version

For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

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For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing.

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For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.

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For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

November 5: Of Fields and Temples
1 Kings 7:1–51; Mark 4:26–5:20;Proverbs 1:28–33

The building of Solomon’s temple and the growth of the kingdom of God are similar: Both require extensive labor. Both bring miraculous results. And in both efforts, the dredging and toil can proceed for weeks, months, or years before the fruits of the labor become apparent.

When the Bible describes the building of God’s temple, it mentions features and materials that would have been incredible at the time: “He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon … It was covered with cedar above … There were three rows of specially designed windows … All of the doorways and the door frames had four-sided casings” (1 Kgs 7:2–5). Consider the logistical, expediting, and procurement hurdles that Solomon must have faced. How could one leader build a project that required the finest materials and the most highly skilled craftsmen from all over the known world, all in his lifetime? That it was completed is nearly miraculou…