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Jerusalem: Chapel of the Ascension Rock

Jerusalem: Chapel of the Ascension Rock
‎Jerusalem. Candles are burning on Assumption Day next to the rock in the Chapel of the Ascension. According to tradition, it was from here that Jesus rose to heaven, leaving his left footprint in the rock. In the Crusader period the prints of both feet were here, and there are many legends about the disappearance of the piece of rock containing the right footprint. Apparently it was stolen by souvenir hunters.

Grace and Peace

Grace and Peace Excerpt Paul’s greetings have always combined the Greek (“grace”) and Hebrew (“peace”) greetings, but they are also theologized as an eschatological promise that the Christian experiences God’s graceand the peace in an entirely new way as a result of what God and Christ have done. What the Greeks and Hebrews symbolically sought in their greetings has now been actualized in Christ. Finally, we can truly experience God’s grace and find peace. The reason is that God is our Father, establishing a whole new intimacy in our relationship with him, and Christ has become ourLord as a result of his resurrection (see especially v. 4 above). More Osborne, Grant R. Romans. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee ‎ 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.

The Lachish Ostraca

The Lachish Ostraca

Muzzle for Ox

Muzzle for Ox
‎To prevent animals from eating during work, they were muzzled. However, the Bible unequivocally forbids such a method. Israelite law said that the animal doing the work of pulling the threshing sledge all day should not wear a muzzle, so that it would be able to eat grain and straw from the threshing floor. ‎Deut 25:4; 1 Cor 9:9; 1 Tim 5:18

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.