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Paul's Ministry to the Churches

Paul's Ministry to the ChurchesColossians 1:24 The first aspect of Paul’s ministry involved suffering. Perhaps Paul reflected here on the words of explanation at his conversion experience. God told Ananias that Paul would learn how many things he must suffer for Christ’s sake (Acts 9:16). From the beginning of his ministry, Paul and others knew that unique suffering would be his lot. That knowledge came through direct revelation from God. Perhaps, further, Paul reflected on the fulfillment of that prediction in the various experiences of suffering in his ministry. Even at the time of writing, Paul was suffering in house arrest for the sake of Gentile churches. In a unique way, the apostle was granted the privilege of suffering for the Messiah.
Melick, Richard R. Philippians, Colossians, Philemon. Vol. 32. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1991. Print. The New American Commentary.

Pillar of Stones

Pillar of Stones ‎Inscribed border stones marking a territory were attested only as an exception and only in the Hellenistic period. Borders were commonly marked by striking buildings, trees, mountains, and similar features. But biblical attested are also border markers that consisted only of a piled up heap of stones. Therefore they are no longer extant. ‎Gen 31:46; Isa 19:19; Isa 54:12; Prov 15:25

Evil

EvilEVIL (Heb. ra’; Gk. kakos, ponēros, phaulos). Evil has a broader meaning than *SIN. The Heb. word comes from a root meaning ‘to spoil’, ‘to break in pieces’: being broken and so made worthless. It is essentially what is unpleasant, disagreeable, offensive. The word binds together the evil deed and its consequences. In the NT kakos and ponēros mean respectively the quality of evil in its essential character, and its hurtful effects or influence. It is used in both physical and moral senses. While these aspects are different, there is frequently a close relationship between them. Much physical evil is due to moral evil: suffering and sin are not necessarily connected in individual cases, but human selfishness and sin explain much of the world’s ills. Though all evil must be punished, not all physical ill is a punishment of wrongdoing (Lk. 13:2, 4; Jn. 9:3; cf. Job).
Howley, G. C. D. “Evil.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 348. Print.

English Orphanage: Nazareth

English Orphanage: Nazareth
‎The thirty years from the time of the return from Egypt to the beginning of the ministry of our Savior are passed over by St. John and St. Mark in absolute silence. St. Luke tells us that “The child grew and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.” Two or three times we have been permitted to look at this Orphanage. It is a Protestant memorial on a sacred site, commanding a charming view and serving a philanthropic, a Christian purpose. It connects the thought of childhood in our day with the childhood of Jesus. One almost envies the good people who are permitted in this place to do this work. Farrar says: “The education of the Jewish boy of the humbler classes was almost solely Scriptural and moral, and His parents, as a rule, were his sole teachers.” Marion Harland says: “Those who have Christian parents think and speak of Him as do the children of other Christian countries. The rest know little of Him, and care no…

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
Walking in the Spirit
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adulteryfornicationuncleannesslewdness, 20 idolatrysorceryhatredcontentionsjealousiesoutbursts of wrathselfish ambitionsdissensionsheresies, 21 envymurdersdrunkennessrevelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But a the fruit of the Spirit is lovejoypeacelong-sufferingkindnessgoodnessfaithfulness, 23 gentlenessself-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucif…

The Significance of Salvation: A Study of Salvation Language in the Pastoral Epistles

Shame
Timothy is urged not to be ashamed of the testimony or of Paul, the Lord’s prisoner (1:8). Paul himself exemplifies not being ashamed of the gospel (1:12) and Onesiphorus, not being ashamed of Paul the prisoner (1:16). Given the potency of shame-honour systems in the first-century Mediterranean world, Bassler concludes that the author is constructing a new honour system, “to encourage bold proclamation of the gospel—in spite of the potentially ‘shameful’ consequences—among an honor-sensitive people.” So he avoids “shameful” components in the summary of the gospel (1:10) and infuses “shame-linked items” such as Paul’s imprisonment with “new categories of honor.”5 These insights from the Graeco-Roman environment are frutiful, but the “sacred writings” that he commends (3:16) and the traditions of Hellenistic Judaism also provided concepts of being ashamed/put to shame. The hope of not being “put to shame” appears frequently in LXX Psalms (e.g., Pss 21:6 [22:5]; 24:2, 3, 20 [25:2,…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 16

  And Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights
Exod. 24:18
The life of fellowship with God cannot be built up in a day. It begins with the habitual reference of all to Him, hour by hour, as Moses did in Egypt. But it moves on to more and longer periods of communion; and it finds its consummation and bliss in days and nights of intercession and waiting and holy intercourse.

F. B. Meyer

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

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 16                                             Go To Evening Reading

 “I will help thee, saith the Lord.” 
         — Isaiah 41:14
This morning let us hear the Lord Jesus speak to each one of us: “I will help thee.” “It is but a small thing for me, thy God, to help thee. Consider what I have done already. What! not help thee? Why, I bought thee with my blood. What! not help thee? I have died for thee; and if I have done the greater, will I not do the less? Help thee! It is the least thing I will ever do for thee; I have done more, and will do more. Before the world began I chose thee. I made the covenant for thee. I laid aside my glory and became a man for thee; I gave up my life for thee; and if I did all this, I will surely help thee now. In helping thee, I am giving thee what I have bought for thee already. If thou hadst need of a thousand times as much help, I would give it thee; thou requirest little compared with what I am ready to give. ’Tis much for thee to ne…

Connect the Testaments

January 16: Save Us!
Genesis 27, Matthew 20:17–21:22, Ecclesiastes 6:5–12

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matt 21:9). Idiomatically, this means: “Save [me], I pray, the Son of David. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of Yahweh! Save [me], I pray, by the highest!”
When the people shout these words about Jesus as He enters Jerusalem, they affirm His divinely appointed role and His ability to save them. And the original psalm that this phrase comes from is about their God, Yahweh. Perhaps the people understood Jesus as one with God (Psa 118:25–26).

As He enters Jerusalem, Jesus’ actions align with Zech 9:9, which foretells of a savior-king who will enter on a donkey (Matt 21:5).
For first-century Jews, everything lined up to affirm Jesus as God’s way of bringing salvation, and they responded to Him as such. This prompts several questions: how often do we see the alignment between what’s happening a…