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Theological Distinctives Emerge

Theological Distinctives EmergeExcerpt‎The distinctive elements of each Gospel emerge when the Gospels are studied in layers. At the most basic layer, the Gospel writers describe the historical accounts of what Jesus said and did. As historians they reproduced these events with accuracy and integrity. Second, they wrote from their own perspectives. Each writer demonstrates variety in the manner in which the stories are told. This extends at times to the words chosen, which build the emphasis the writer remembered from each story.
Finally, needs in the churches account for differences in presentation. The Gospel documents are applications of the events and perspectives to a particular cultural and ideological group. The separate Gospels enable various people of the world to identify with the story of Jesus. The unity of accounts produced confidence that the story was true. …
Melick, Rick. “Why There Are Four Gospels.”Holman Christian Standard Bible: Harmony of the Gospels. Nashville, T…

Treated as Impostors

Treated as Impostors Excerpt ‎Friends had failed him, converts had turned upon him, and his works were threatened by wicked men. “But,” as Philip Hughes explains, “no sorrow, no disappointment, however severe, could ever interrupt, let alone extinguish, the joy of his salvation with its vision of unclouded glory to come, for this joy was founded upon the sovereign supremacy of God, who overrules all things and causes them to work together for good to those He has called” (cf.Romans. 8:18, 28).
Hughes, R. Kent. 2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2006. Print. Preaching the Word.

Difficulty with the Concept of Personified Wisdom

Difficulty with the Concept of Personified WisdomProverbs 8:22-36 Excerpt ‎A special problem is the personification of wisdom in Pr. 8:22ff. Jb. 28 anticipates this personification by depicting wisdom as a mystery inscrutable to men but apparent to God. In Pr. 1:20-33 wisdom is likened to a woman crying in the streets for men to turn from their foolish ways and to find instruction and security in her (cf. also Pr. 3:15-20). The personification continues in Pr. 8 and reaches its climax in vv. 22ff., where wisdom claims to be the first creation of God and, perhaps, an assistant in the work of creation (8:30; cf.3:19; the difficult ’āmôn, ‘as one brought up’ in [AV], should be translated ‘master workman’, as in [RV], [RSV]; see W. F. Albright in Wisdom in Israel and in the Ancient Near East, p. 8). The purpose of wisdom’s recitation of her credentials is to attract men to pay her rightful heed, as 8:32-36 indicates. Therefore, caution must be exercised in reading into this passage a vie…

What Happen "before the World Was"

What Happen "before the World Was" Excerpt ‎As we have seen, the glory of God is the sum total of all that He is, the expression of His character. It is the manifestation of all that He is in Himself, His marvelous attributes. We have a difficult time grasping the concept of God’s glory because there is nothing like it on earth. While it is true that "The heavens are telling of the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1), it is also true that sin has put God’s creation into bondage and robbed God of glory (Romans 8:18-25). Psalm 19 makes special mention of the sun as an illustration of God’s glory, and perhaps that is the closest we can come to finding a picture. Just as the rays of the sun cannot be separated from the sun itself, so Jesus Christ cannot be separated from God, because He isGod.
‎The amazing thing is this: Those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior possess this glory now (John 17:22) and will see God’s glory and share it in heaven one day (John 17:24). …

Paul Disowns Self-Interest

Paul Disowns Self-Interest ‎Whatever the background to this difficult verse, its general import seems clear. Paul disowns self-interest as a motive for any of his action; whether his actions be judged irrational or rational, all is for God’s glory and the benefit of others (1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Cor. 4:5, 15). Of this the Corinthians can be justly proud (v. 12). This interpretation accords well with his following appeal (v. 14) to Christ as “the man for others” and his definition of the purpose of Christ’s death (v. 15) — that believers should lead a life that is not centered on self but on Christ.
Harris, Murray J. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians: a Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids, MI; Milton Keynes, UK: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.; Paternoster Press, 2005. Print. New International Greek Testament Commentary.

Disease and Healing in the First Century

Disease and Healing in the First CenturyActs 4:9 Excerpt ‎In the early Christian period illness may be caused by numerous demonic entities who are not always acting at Yahweh’s command (Matt. 15:22; Luke 11:14), and not necessarily by the violation of covenant stipulations (John 9:2). Illnesses mentioned include fevers (Mark 1:30), hemorrhages (Matt. 9:20), and what has been identified by some scholars as epilepsy (Mark 9:14–29). The cure for illness may be found in this world, and not simply in some utopian future.
‎Christianity also may have attracted patients who were too poor to afford fees charged in many Greco-Roman traditions (cf.Matt. 10:8). Some Greco-Roman traditions insisted that travel to a shrine was necessary for healing, but Christianity, with its emphasis on the value of faith alone, in effect announced that travel to a shrine was not required (Matt. 8:8).
Likewise, Christianity resisted temporal restrictions on when healing could be administered (Mark 3:2–5). Nonethe…

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day
What a Mighty God We Serve!
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,They shall walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:28-31).

Bible Gateway Verse for the Day

Colossians 1:9King James Version

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

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Preeminence of Christ ] For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

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And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

November 12: Exclusivity
1 Kings 15:25–17:24; Mark 9:38–10:16; Proverbs 4:1–7

We often think that God needs us—that we are His arms rather than His agents. When we see our work as integral to God’s kingdom, thinking that God needs us, our vision, our doctrines, or our ideas in order to further His kingdom, we might be guilty of something else entirely. These feelings are often motivated by our own feelings of inadequacy. We can sometimes be more concerned with proving ourselves than honoring God.

When the disciples learned that others were casting out demons in Jesus’ name, they tried to prevent them. “We saw … and we tried to prevent him because he was not following us,” they told Jesus (Mark 9:38). But Jesus only rebuked them: “There is no one who does a miracle in my name and will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For whoever is not against us is for us. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in my name because you are Christ’s, truly I say to you that he will never…