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Church or Liar

Church or Liar Excerpt Dragons, of course, are fictional beasts—monstrous reptiles with lion’s claws, a serpent’s tail, bat wings, and scaly skin. They exist only in the imagination. ‎But there are dragons of a different sort, decidedly real. In most cases, though not always, they do not intend to be sinister; in fact, they’re usually quite friendly. But their charm belies their power to destroy. ‎Within the church, they are often sincere, well-meaning saints, but they leave ulcers, strained relationships, and hard feelings in their wake. They don’t consider themselves difficult people. They don’t sit up nights thinking of ways to be nasty. Often they are pillars of the community—talented, strong personalities, deservingly respected—but for some reason, they undermine the ministry of the church. They are not naturally rebellious or pathological; they are loyal church members, convinced they’re serving God, but they wind up doing more harm than good. … More Shelley, Marshall. Well-Intenti…

Walk Carefully

Walk Carefully
Ephesians 5:15–16
Excerpt The NIV‘s Be very careful, then, how you live is literally, “Look therefore carefully how you walk.” Does the adverb “carefully” (akribōs, lit. “accurately”) modify “look”? If so the first clause in verse 15 could be translated, “Therefore look carefully how you walk.” (This is behind the rendering in the ASV, NASB, and NIV.) Or does “careful” modify “walk”? If so, the idea is, “Therefore look that you walk carefully” (cf. KJV). This second alternative is preferred because better Greek manuscripts place akribōs closer to the Greek word “walk” and because in the New Testament the Greek imperative “look” (blepete) is never modified by an adverb. Believers then, are to walk (live) carefully, so as to be wise or skillful and thus please the Lord.  The manner for this careful, precise walk is making the right use of every opportunity (cf. Col. 4:5), and the reason for this careful walk is that the days are evil. Many are walking in sin, and since the…

Your Prayer is Heard

Your Prayer is Heard Excerpt What was the nature of this prayer? The Greek word (δεήσις) used here implies that somespecial supplication had been offered, and which the angel tells had been listened to at the throne of grace. The righteous old man had not, as some have thought, been praying for a son,—he had long resigned himself in this private sorrow to the will of his God; but we may well suppose that on that solemn occasion he prayed the unselfish patriotic prayer that the long looked for Messiah would hasten his coming. His name John; the shortened form for Jehochanan, “the grace of Jehovah.” Under various diminutives, such as Jonah, it was a favourite Hebrew name. More Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed.St. Luke. Vol. 1. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.

Theological Distinctives Emerge

Theological Distinctives Emerge Excerpt ‎The distinctive elements of each Gospel emerge when the Gospels are studied in layers. At the most basic layer, the Gospel writers describe the historical accounts of what Jesus said and did. As historians they reproduced these events with accuracy and integrity. Second, they wrote from their own perspectives. Each writer demonstrates variety in the manner in which the stories are told. This extends at times to the words chosen, which build the emphasis the writer remembered from each story. Finally, needs in the churches account for differences in presentation. The Gospel documents are applications of the events and perspectives to a particular cultural and ideological group. The separate Gospels enable various people of the world to identify with the story of Jesus. The unity of accounts produced confidence that the story was true. … More Melick, Rick. “Why There Are Four Gospels.” Holman Christian Standard Bible: Harmony of the Gospels. Nash…

Ammonite

Ammonite ‎This figurine was excavated on the citadel of Amman (the earlier Rabbat Ammon, capital of the Ammonites). It probably shows an Ammonite king with a lotus in his right hand. ‎Gen 19:38; Num 21:24; Judg 3:13; 10:6–17; 11; 12:1–3; 1 Sam 11:1–2, 11:10–11; 2 Sam 8:12; 10

Son of God

Son of God Excerpt John’s testimony was that this is the Son of God. The prophesied Davidic King was God’s Son (2 Sam. 7:13), and the messianic King is uniquely the Son of God (Ps. 2:7). The title “Son of God” goes beyond the idea of obedience and messianic King to that of Jesus’ essential nature. In the Fourth Gospel this title is not applied to believers. They are called “children” (tekna; e.g., John 1:12) while “Son” (hyios) is used only of Jesus. More Blum, Edwin A. “John.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 275. Print.

The Blessings of God

The Blessings of God
Hebrews 6:7–8
Excerpt An illustration from nature now drives home the writer’s point. Whenever rain-soaked ground is properly productive, it receives the blessing of God. Here the writer compared the spiritual privileges he had just enumerated (vv. 4-5) to a heavenly rain descending on the life of a Christian. Their effect should be a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed—a reference perhaps to the way other Christians benefit from the lives of fruitful believers (cf. v.10). Such productivity brings divine blessings on fruitful believers’ lives. More Hodges, Zane C.“Hebrews.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 795. Print.

The First Covenant

The First Covenant Excerpt God placed two special trees in the middle of the Garden: the Tree of Life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:9173:32224). Eating from the tree of life would confer immortality (v. 22). Eating from the second tree would confer an experiential knowledge of good and evil, but it would also bring death (2:17). Since they had never experienced evil, Adam and Eve were like innocent children (Deut. 1:39Isa. 7:15–16). When they disobeyed God, they became like Him in being able to discriminate between good and evil; but they became unlike Him in that they lost their sinlessness and eventually died. But why did God have to test Adam and Eve? There may be many answers to that question, but one thing is sure: God wanted humans to love and obey Him freely and willingly and not because they were programmed like robots who had to obey. More Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Basic. Colorado Springs, CO: Chariot Victor Pub., 1998. Print. “Be” Commentary Se…

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy


The Greatest Gift
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.…