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What? In the World?

What? In the World? Excerpt ‎It comes as a shock to some people that Jesus was a man of joy. We usually hear Him described as the "man of sorrows" (Isaiah 53:3). Of course, He was a "man of sorrows," but He was also a man filled with the joy of the Lord. He experienced the deepest sorrows and the highest joys as He ministered here on earth. His heart was broken as He saw people destroying themselves with sin. His heart exulted as He saw God at work, saving the lost and making lives new. He had the sorrow of the shepherd, seeking the lost sheep, and the joy of the shepherd, bringing home the sheep that had been found. ‎Joy in life is not the absence of sorrow. The Arabs have a motto, "All sunshine makes a desert." If God were to insulate us from sorrow, we would never grow or develop mature character. Heaven is a place of all joy and no sorrow, and hell is a place of all sorrow and no joy. But this present life is a mingling of the two. … More Wiersbe, Warr…

A Fence at Dothan

A Fence at Dothan
‎The thorny cactus abounds in Palestine. It forms a most secure fence, growing sometimes to a height of twelve feet. Beyond this wall are fig trees and olive trees, pleasant vines and fragrant flowers. The man in the picture with white head dress and staff held behind him is the dragoman of the photographic company of 1894. We linger at Dothan because, besides the memories of Joseph and his brethren, there is an Old Testament picture which must have been recalled by Mary on her pilgrimage to Bethlehem. The prophet Elisha lived here for a time, and it was to Dothan that the Syrian King sent an army to surround and to capture him. By night they came—“horses and chariots and a great host.” And they “compassed the city.” In the early morning, when Elisha’s servant arose from his bed and went forth, “behold, a host compassed the city both with horses and chariots.” Then the prophet’s servant was afraid and he said: “Alas, my master; how shall we do?” And the prophet answ…

Royal tombs in Jerusalem

Royal tombs in Jerusalem ‎This drawing shows a cross-section through each of the two shafts that generally are considered to be the burial structures of the kings of Jerusalem. ‎1 Kings 2:10; 11:43; 14:31; 15:8, 15:24; 22:50; 2 Kings 8:24; 9:28; 12:21; 14:20; 15:7, 15:38; 16:20; 23:30

Mount Ebal

Mount Ebal
‎About half way between Nablous and Jacob’s Well, Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim so come together as to form a natural amphitheater. Here it is supposed the children of Israel were gathered when a copy of the law of Moses was written upon the twelve stones in the presence of Israel. “Then Joshua built an altar to the Lord God of Israel in Mount Ebal. * * * * And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel. And all Israel, and their elders, and officers and their judges, stood on this side the Ark and on that side, before the priests, the Levites, which bear the Ark of the covenant of the Lord, as well the stranger as he that was born among them; half of them over against Mount Gerizim and half of them over against Mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel. And afterwards he read all the words of the law, the blessings and the cursings, …

Donkey as pack animal

Donkey as pack animal
‎For transporting materials, one used donkeys as beasts of burden, though they also could be used for riding. However, in earlier times donkeys were also employed in interregional trade. Even today one can find donkeys with heavy loads, piled up high, which they carry through the small streets of the Near-Eastern cities. ‎Gen 42:26–27; 43:18, 43:24; Josh 9:4; 1 Sam 25:18, 25:20, 25:23, 25:42; 2 Sam 17:23; 1 Chron 12:40; Neh 13:15; Isa 21:7; 30:6; Sirach 33:25

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
PSALM 30
The Blessedness of Answered Prayer
A Psalm. A Song At the Dedication of the House of David.
    1      I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up,     And have not let my foes rejoice over me.     2      O LORD my God, I cried out to You,     And You healed me.     3      O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
    4      Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His,     And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.     5      For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life;     Weeping may endure for a night,     But joy comes in the morning.
    6      Now in my prosperity I said,  “I shall never be moved.”     7      LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.
    8      I cried out to You, O LORD;     And to the LORD I made supplication:     9      “What profit is there in my blo…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 20

  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct My prayer unto thee, and will look up
Ps. 5:3
The morning is the gate of the day, and should be well guarded with prayer. It is one end of the thread on which the day’s actions are strung, and should be well knotted with devotion. If we felt more the majesty of life we should be more careful of its mornings. He who rushes from his bed to his business and waiteth not to worship is as foolish as though he had not put on his clothes, or cleansed his face, and as unwise as though he dashed into battle without arms or armor. Be it ours to bathe in the softly flowing river of communion with God, before the heat of the wilderness and the burden of the way begin to oppress us.

Spurgeon

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

Morning, January 20                                              Go To Evening Reading

“Abel was a keeper of sheep.”
         — Genesis 4:2
As a shepherd Abel sanctified his work to the glory of God, and offered a sacrifice of blood upon his altar, and the Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering. This early type of our Lord is exceedingly clear and distinct. Like the first streak of light which tinges the east at sunrise, it does not reveal everything, but it clearly manifests the great fact that the sun is coming. As we see Abel, a shepherd and yet a priest, offering a sacrifice of sweet smell unto God, we discern our Lord, who brings before his Father a sacrifice to which Jehovah ever hath respect. Abel was hated by his brother—hated without a cause; and even so was the Saviour: the natural and carnal man hated the accepted man in whom the Spirit of grace was found, and rested not until his blood had been shed. Abel fell, and sprinkled his altar and sacrifice with his own blood,…

Connect the Testaments

January 20: While You Are Waiting
Genesis 32–33; Matthew 24:29–25:13; Ecclesiastes 7:22–29

Jesus’ instructions to His disciples about His return have inspired many to incorrectly predict His second coming. But if we read His parables, we find that they’re not so focused on the future. Jesus prepares His disciples for His absence, and for the end times, because He wants them to be hopeful, expecting His return. He wants them to be ready and watchful. But He wants them to do all of these things by being fully engaged in the present, readying His kingdom.

Jesus’ parable of the Wise and Wicked Servants demonstrates this attitude. While the faithful and wise servant provides for the master’s household during his absence, the wicked servant uses the time flippantly: carousing and beating his fellow servants. When the master returns, the faithful servant is promoted for his service, and the wicked servant is punished. The parable presses the disciples to use their time wisely during Jesus’ ab…