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He Demanded the Power and Authorities

He Demanded the Power and AuthoritiesColossians 2:15Col 2:15–17. By fulfilling the demands of the Law, Christ disarmed the demonic powers and authorities (cf. 1:16; 2:10), triumphing over them (cf. 2 Cor. 2:14). As a result believers are delivered from these evil powers which inspire legalistic rules about foods and festivals. No one should judge you by what you eat or drink because Christians are free from the Law’s legalistic requirements (such as those in Lev. 11; 17; Deut. 14). God does not condemn those who eat everything (Rom. 14:1–4). In fact, God says that all foods may be eaten since they were “created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth” (1 Tim. 4:3). The teaching that forbids this, Paul wrote, is “taught by demons” (1 Tim. 4:1) whom Christ has disarmed (Col. 2:15). This liberation of believers pertains also to festivals such as a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath Day (cf. Gal. 4:10). Those who would bring Christians under the bondage…

He Emptied Himself

He Emptied HimselfPhilippians 2:7 The verb “to empty” is used elsewhere in the Pauline Epistles four times (Rom 4:14; 1 Cor 1:17; 9:15; 2 Cor 9:3), and in each instance it is used metaphorically in the sense of “to bring to nothing,”“to make worthless,” or “to empty of significance.” Context should always determine the meaning; and in the present context the verb refers back to what immediately precedes and its action is explained by the words which immediately follow. Instead of holding onto his privileges, Christ gave up his divine rank by taking on the nature of a servant. The TEV rendering brings out this meaning, he gave up all he had (God“but laid it aside”; Phps is even more explicit, “but he stripped himself of every advantage”). What was given up is not simply the opportunity to become equal with God, but the equality with God itself, namely Christ’s divine status or rank of dignity and glory (John 17:5). Unless one is careful in the translation of he gave up all he had, the …

Flint Knives

Flint Knives
‎The first knives used by humans were flint knives. When a flint was split off from a big stone, and the blade was manipulated, these stones could get quite sharp. Metal blades were used for everyday life already at the time of the Hebrew Scriptures. In memory of ancient times however, newborn boys were still circumcised with stone knives. ‎Josh 5:2

Elizabeth Remained in Seclusion

Elizabeth Remained in Seclusion Elizabeth’s pregnancy (Lk 1:24–25)
Lk 1:24–25. After … Elizabeth became pregnant … for five months she remained in seclusion Most likely, this was because of the excitement of the surrounding people to her pregnancy (v. 25). Mary may have been the first person other than Zechariah and Elizabeth to know the news which the angel had delivered (v. 36).

Luke did not say in verse 25 if Elizabeth knew about the destiny of her son at this time. However, because she knew that his name was to be John (v. 60) even before Zechariah was able to speak, he probably communicated his entire vision in writing. Elizabeth was overjoyed that she was finally able to have a baby.


Martin, John A. “Luke.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 204–205. Print.

The Mosque of Omar from the South

The Mosque of Omar from the South
‎On the eighth day after the birth of Christ the ceremony of circumcision took place, when he received the name of Jesus. Forty days after his birth the family went from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to present him in the temple in accordance with the requirements of the Jewish law. It is probable that the ceremony of the redemption of the first born son and that of the purification of the mother both took place at this time.
The first pilgrimage, therefore, of the little wanderer was to Jerusalem—a sleeping babe in his mother’s arms. It was a journey of five or six miles. 
The Mosque of Omar is to-day on the site of the old Jewish Temple. As you look from one of the southern gates of the city you see the dome of the Mosque rise beyond. We shall visit it again and again during our journey in the East. We shall study the area of thirty-five acres on which the Mosque stands and recall some of the associations in connection with it, for it is here, according t…

Love and Obedience

Love and ObedienceJohn 14:15 The uncompromising connection between love for Christ and obedience to Christ repeatedly recurs in John’s writings (cf.vv. 21, 23; 15:14). The linkage approaches the level of definition: ‘This is love for God: to obey his commands’ (1 Jn. 5:3). But what are his ‘commands’? The parallels that tie together ‘what I command’ (v. 15, lit.‘my commands’), ‘commands’ (v. 21), and ‘my teaching’ (lit.‘my word’ in v. 23, and ‘my words’ in v. 24) suggest to some that more is at stake than Jesus’ ethical commands. What the one who loves Jesus will observe is not simply an array of discrete ethical injunctions, but the entire revelation from the Father, revelation holistically conceived (cf. 3:31–32; 12:47–49; 17:6).
Nevertheless the plural forms (‘commands’, entolai) likely focus on the individual components of Jesus’requirements, while the singular ‘teaching’ (logos; cf. notes on 14:23; 17:6) focus on the Christ-revelation as a comprehensive whole. Of course, one of …

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
Wealth
Luke 11:34–36; 12:22–34
Matthew 6:19-34
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 9
  He that is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much
Luke 16:10
The least action of life can be as surely done from the loftiest motive as the highest and noblest. Faithfulness measures acts as God measures them. True conscientiousness deals with our duties as God deals with them. Duty is duty, conscience is conscience, right is right, and wrong is wrong, whatever sized type they be printed in. “Large” and “small” are not words for the vocabulary of conscience. It knows only two words—right and wrong.

Alexander Maclaren

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

January 12th
Have you ever been alone with God?


When they were alone, He expounded all things to His disciples. Mark 4:34.

Our Solitude with Him. Jesus does not take us alone and expound things to us all the time; He expounds things to us as we can understand them. Other lives are parables. God is making us spell out our own souls. It is slow work, so slow that it takes God all time and eternity to make a man and woman after His own purpose.The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters.It is astounding how ignorant we are about ourselves! We do not know envy when we see it, or laziness, or pride. Jesus reveals to us all that this body has been [harboring] before His grace began to work. How many of us have learned to look in with courage?

We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves, it is the last conceit to go. The only One Who understands us is God. The greatest curse in spiritual life is conceit. If…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

January 9th
Intercessory introspection


And I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless. 1 Thess. 5:23.

“Your whole spirit …” The great mystical work of the Holy Spirit is in the dim regions of our personality which we cannot get at. Read the 139th Psalm; the Psalmist implies—‘Thou art the God of the early mornings, the God of the late at nights, the God of the mountain peaks, and the God of the sea; but, my God, my soul has further horizons than the early mornings, deeper darkness than the nights of earth, higher peaks than any mountain peaks, greater depths than any sea in nature—Thou Who art the God of all these, be my God. I cannot reach to the heights or to the depths; there are motives I cannot trace, dreams I cannot get at—my God, search me out.’

Do we believe that God can garrison the imagination far beyond where we can go? “The blood of Jesus Christcleanseth us from all sin’ —if that means in conscious experience only, may God have mercy on us. The ma…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings. Complete and unabridged

Morning, January 9                                           Go To Evening Reading

“I will be their God.”   — Jeremiah 31:33
Christian! here is all thou canst require. To make thee happy thou wantest something that shall satisfy thee; and is not this enough? If thou canst pour this promise into thy cup, wilt thou not say, with David, “My cup runneth over; I have more than heart can wish”? When this is fulfilled, “I am thy God”, art thou not possessor of all things? Desire is insatiable as death, but he who filleth all in all can fill it. The capacity of our wishes who can measure? but the immeasurable wealth of God can more than overflow it.

I ask thee if thou art not complete when God is thine? Dost thou want anything but God? Is not his all-sufficiency enough to satisfy thee if all else should fail? But thou wantest more than quiet satisfaction; thou desirest rapturous delight. Come, soul, here is music fit for heaven in this thy portion, for God is the Maker of Heaven. Not all the mus…

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

January 9: Noteworthy Stories
Genesis 16–17; Matthew 12; Ecclesiastes 3:16–22

When God’s promises are lavished on Abram in Genesis, we can’t help but feel a bit surprised. It seems undeserved—mainly because we know nothing about Abram. We haven’t had a chance to weigh his wisdom or foolishness, something Ecclesiastes endorses. Yet God promises to make Abram’s children as numerous as the stars in the sky (a blessing in the ancient Near East). “I will make your name great,”He says. “I will make you a great nation.”He also promises protection: “I am your shield.” Even after the fact, God doesn’t disclose why He wants to bless and protect Abram.

The greater context of the Genesis narrative shows that God’s blessing is certainly not just about Abram. Just before God promises to give Abram a great name, a nation, and land in Gen 12, He had scattered the nations over all the earth. At the Tower of Babel, God dispersed those who were grasping for a relationship with Him on their own terms.

But…