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Saul's Conversion

Saul's Conversion The three accounts do not agree precisely in every detail, and it is clear that Luke used them to build up a composite picture, exploring the different nuances of the experience that would be specially relevant to the concerns of the different circumstances depicted in his narrative.
  In all essential points, the three accounts tell the same story. Paul was travelling along the road to Damascus, intent on wiping out the Christians there, when ‘a light from heaven, brighter than the sun’ (Acts 26:13) shone down on him, and he was challenged by the voice of the risen Christ asking, ‘why do you persecute me?’ (Acts 9:4; Acts 22:7; Acts 26:14). Paul’s life was to take a radical about-turn, as he was presented with the possibility of understanding the world in a way more different than he had ever imagined. His inherited assumptions were not only challenged, but also shown to be false, as he realized that what was happening was, in his own words, ‘a revelation of Je…

Jerusalem: Church of Our Lady of Mt. Zion

Jerusalem: Church of Our Lady of Mt. Zion ‎ Jerusalem. Mount Zion lies In the southwest of the Old City, outside the city wall built by Suleiman the Magnificent. It is a hill mentioned over 150 times in the Old Testament, which houses sites sacred to the three monotheistic religions. Tradition, based on Acts 2:1–4, places here the Miracle of the Oaths, when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke many tongues. The first church on Mt. Zion, the Church of Holy Zion, was built by the Emperor Constantine the Great in the 4th century A.D. On its ruins the Crusaders, in the 12th century, built the Church of Our Lady of Mount Zion. The Coenaculum, the room of the Last Supper, is in the upper gallery. The arches emerging from the capitals on the sculpted columns are an example of Crusader building art.

Corinth: Glauke Fountain

Corinth: Glauke Fountain ‎ In Homer, Glauke is one of the Nereids. In Corinth she was connected to a well and worshipped as a nymph. The picture shows the construction at the well. ‎Acts 18:1, Acts 18:8; Acts 19:1; 1 Cor 1:2; 2 Cor 1:1, 2 Cor 1:23; 2 Cor 6:11; 2 Tim 4:20

Jordan River: Water

Jordan River: Water
‎It’s hard to resist touching the Jordan water because it is so clear and creates such a serene atmosphere, and because of its famous healing and purifying qualities. Bottles of water from the River Jordan were in great demand among pilgrims way back at the beginning of the century. And there are stories of Russian pilgrims who made long, arduous journeys to the Holy Land before the revolution, to be baptized in the Jordan in their funeral shrouds and thus ensure themselves resurrection after death.

Thorny Burnet (shrub)

Thorny Burnet (shrub) ‎In the Bible, various thorny plants are simply rendered as “thorns.” One of those plants (in Hebrew “sir”) is the Thorny Burnet (Sarcopoterium spinosum), a shrub that can reach a height of 50 cm. The outer branches end in sharp thorns. Perhaps Jesus’ crown of thorns was made from the Thorny Burnet, but similar other plants are also possible. ‎Eccles 7:6; Isa 34:13; Hos 2:6; Nah 1:10; Matt 27:29; Mark 15:17; John 19:5

Parable of Hidden Treasure

Parable of Hidden Treasure ‎Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44)

Survey of the Field

Survey of the Field ‎The Egyptian picture shows surveyors who determine the length of a field with a rope. ‎Num 35:5

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
Be Reconciled to God
12 For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creationold things have passed awaybeholdall things have become new. 18 Now all things are of Godwho hasreconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 13

  Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit
John 15:8
What a possibility, what an inspiration, that we can enhance the glory of “our Father!” Our hearts leap at the thought.

How can this be done? By bearing “leaves”—a profession of love for Him? No. By bearing some fruit? No. “That ye bear much fruit.” In the abundance of the yield is the joy, the glory of the husbandman. We should, therefore, aim to be extraordinary, “hundred-fold” Christians, satisfied with none but the largest yield. Our lives should be packed with good deeds. Then at harvest time we can say, “Father, I have glorified Thee on the earth!”

W. Jennings

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

January 13th

Have you ever been alone with God?

When He was alone, the twelve … asked of Him … Mark 4:10.

His Solitude with us. When God gets us alone by affliction, heartbreak, or temptation, by disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted affection, by a broken friendship, or by a new friendship—when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are dumbfounded and cannot ask one question, then He begins to expound. Watch Jesus Christ’s training of the twelve. It was the disciples, not the crowd outside, who were perplexed. They constantly asked Him questions, and He constantly expounded things to them; but they only understood after they had received the Holy Spirit (see John 14:26).

If you are going on with God, the only thing that is clear to you, and the only thing God intends to be clear, is the way He deals with your own soul. Your brother’s sorrows and perplexities are an absolute confusion to you. We imagine we understand where the other person is, until God gives us a dose of the plague of…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, January 12                                         Go To Evening Reading

 “Ye are Christ’s.”
         — 1 Corinthians 3:23
“Ye are Christ’s.” You are his by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he counted down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his brethren and joint-heirs. Labour practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, “I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ’s.” Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ’s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ’s. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat…

Connect the Testaments

January 13: Avoiding the Unavoidable
Genesis 24; Matthew 16–17; Ecclesiastes 5:8–11

It’s common to put people in our lives on hold, even if we love them, until something forces us to pay attention. Forgetting those who are closest to us is a frightening thought. Peter, Jesus’ disciple, likely realized that people were making a similar mistake in their relationship with Jesus.
In the district of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asks His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matt 16:13–14). At first, they respond with the expected: John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, and the prophets—suggesting that Jesus is an esteemed and powerful prophet, but not more. Then Jesus asks the are-you-paying-attention question: “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt 16:15).
Simon Peter understood this, blurting out, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” (Matt 16:16). Jesus asked about the Son of Man, emphasizing His humanity; Peter responds by emphasizing both His status as the anointed…