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I'm Just A Nobody(video) - The Williams Brothers

Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name

Steal Away-Mahalia Jackson & Nat King Cole

Steal Away-Mahalia Jackson & Nat King Cole

What A Friend We Have In Jesus - Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson--How I got over LIVE

" In the upper room" by Mahalia Jackson

" In the upper room" by Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson - Amazing Grace

Aretha Franklin-Precious Lord Take Me Hand

Origins of the Samaritans

Origins of the SamaritansJohn 4:1–45 Excerpt Samaritan [is] in the ot an ethnic term for the residents of the district of Samaria. The term appears only once (2 Kings 17:29) in the account of the settlement of Mesopotamian colonists in the region by the Assyrians, in the comment that these foreign people made gods of their own which they placed ‘in the shrines of the high places which the Samaritans had made.’ In the NT, however, the term is used exclusively for the members of a particular ethnology-religious community based in the area, living for the most part around Mt. Gerizim (John 4:1-42) but residing also in their own villages throughout the region (Matt. 10:5; Luke 9:52), who might be encountered in villages neighboring on Samaria (Luke 17:11-19) or even on the roadway between Jerusalem and Jericho (Luke 10:29-37). More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical LiteratureHarper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 898. Print

Bible as a Progressive Revelation

Bible as a Progressive Revelation Excerpt ‎We speak of God’s progressive revelation. This does not mean God began to reveal Himself crudely and learned to do a better job as He went along. Genesis is as much His revelation as is John. Progressive revelation means God revealed Himself progressively to people as they were able to grasp and understand Him. Thus we have a clearer revelation of God in John than in Genesis, but the same God is revealed in both books. ‎How would Einstein teach arithmetic to a small child? He would not start out with the equation for the theory of relativity or for splitting the atom. He would begin with two plus two equals four. That is not all the arithmetic he knows; but that is as much as the child can grasp. Years later he would teach the child, now an adult, about complex theories. This is also how God revealed Himself to humanity. He did not reveal everything about Himself at one time. He did it gradually. … More Hobbs, Herschel H. My Favorite Illustrati…

A Work of Ark

A Work of Ark
‎The sixth and seventh chapters of the book of Genesis record the extraordinary account of the ark that God commanded Noah to build to escape the great flood that covered the earth. The flood destroyed all life but Noah’s and “those who were with him in the ark.” (Genesis 7:23b)

Walking with Jesus

Walking with Jesus Excerpt In the Bible, “walking” is a frequent figure of behavior or lifestyle. Since Jesus lives in the believer, a person who is living close to Him will have a Christlike lifestyle. Christ loved and gave Himself for us. Anyone who hates his brother is still in darkness. Love for others is one way that Jesus expresses Himself in our lives. More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

The Portion

The Portion Excerpt According to the Jewish law of inheritance, if there were but two sons, the elder would receive two portions, the younger the third of all movable property. A man might, during his lifetime, dispose of all his property by gift as he chose. If the share of younger children was to be diminished by gift or taken away, the disposition must be made by a person presumably near death. No one in good health could diminish, except by gift, the legal portion of a younger son. The younger son thus was entitled by law to his share, though he had no right to claim it during his father’s lifetime. The request must be regarded as asking a favor (Edersheim). More Vincent, Marvin Richardson. Word Studies in the New Testament. Vol. 1. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1887. Print

See of Galilee: Mustard

See of Galilee: Mustard 
‎A field of mustard plants in Galilee. Jesus used the mustard seed in one of his parables to describe the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 13:31). “The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field”. About 19% of all the wild plants in Israel are yellow flowers, but in autumn and winter most of the yellow fields are mustard, scattered in cultivated fields as small shrubs and not as trees with birds nesting in their branches, as in Jesus’ parable.

Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress At the wedding the bride wore a beautiful dress, a diadem, and precious jewelry. Until entering the bridal chamber, she wore a veil. ‎Song 3:11; 4:1, 4:3; 6:7; Ps 45:13–14; Isa 61:10

Fannie Lou Hamer's speech at the 1964 DNC

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the DayReverend Lynwood F. MundyPraise to God for His Everlasting MercyPsalm 118:1, 4, 6-8, 16-18, 24-26a, 28-29       1      Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
    For His mercy endures forever.

      4      Let those who fear the LORD now say,
  “His mercy endures forever.”

      6      The LORD is on my side;
    I will not fear.
    What can man do to me?
      7      The LORD is for me among those who help me;
    Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
      8      It is better to trust in the LORD
    Than to put confidence in man.

    16      The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
    The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
    17      I shall not die, but live,
    And declare the works of the LORD.
    18      The LORD has chastened me severely,
    But He has not given me over to death.

    24      This is the day the LORD has made;
    We will rejoice and be glad in it.
    25      Save now, I pray, O LORD;
O LORD, I pray, sen…

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary


Psalms (Morning)       (Psalm 70) 71
Psalms (Evening)       Psalm 74
Old Testament Isaiah 55:1–13
 New TestamentGalatians 5:1–15
Gospel Mark 8:27–9:1

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary


 Psalms (Morning)       (Psalm 70) 71
Psalms (Evening)       Psalm 74
Old TestamentIsaiah 55:1–13
 New TestamentGalatians 5:1–15
Gospel Mark 8:27–9:1

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 5

  Ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord.… The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion
Ps. 134:1, 3
If I would know the love of my friend, I must see what it can do in the winter. So with the divine love. It is very easy for me to worship in the summer sunshine, when the melodies of life are in the air and the fruits of life are on the tree. But let the song of the bird cease, and the fruit of the tree fall; and will my heart still go on to sing? Will I stand in God’s house by night? Will I love Him in His own night? Will I watch Him even one hour in His Gethsemane? Will I help to bear His cross up the via dolorosa? My love has come to Him in His humiliation. My faith has found Him in His lowliness. My heart has recognized His majesty through His mean disguise, and I know at last that I desire not the gift, but the Giver. When I can stand in His house by night, I have accepted Him for Himself alone.

George Matheson

Hardman, Samu…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, February 5                                         Go To Evening Reading

“The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.”
— 1 John 4:14
It is a sweet thought that Jesus Christ did not come forth without his Father’s permission, authority, consent, and assistance. He was sent of the Father, that he might be the Saviour of men. We are too apt to forget that, while there are distinctions as to the persons in the Trinity, there are no distinctions of honour. We too frequently ascribe the honour of our salvation, or at least the depths of its benevolence, more to Jesus Christ than we do the Father. This is a very great mistake. What if Jesus came? Did not his Father send him? If he spake wondrously, did not his Father pour grace into his lips, that he might be an able minister of the new covenant? He who knoweth the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost as he should know them, never setteth one before another in his love; he sees them at Bethlehem, at Gethsemane, and on C…

Connect the Testaments

February 5: Why Does God Punish People?
Exodus 11–13; John 2:13–3:25; Song of Solomon 2:1–3

In regard to why a good God would punish people, I recently heard one homeless man wisely tell another, “You wouldn’t want to live in a world where God didn’t punish injustices and just freely forgave sin—without any request for someone to choose the salvation He offers back. Imagine a place where injustice was never punished and people never recognized their sin and need for salvation. That would be terrible and painful.”

We all want justice to reign. For a good God to be truly good, injustice must be punished. This is why it makes complete sense that Jesus had to die. There must be a payment for the evil we inflict on the world and one another. Jesus’ death epitomizes God’s mercy and justice—and it all happened in one act.

This also makes sense out of the Passover event (Exod 12:1–31). I usually hear this preached about as a saving act, which indeed it was, but it was also brutal: God kills fi…