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The Prologue to Hebrews

The Prologue to HebrewsHebrews 1:2 Excerpt As might easily be expected in the Prologue, the writer struck notes which will be crucial to the unfolding of his argument in the body of the epistle. He implied that God’s revelation in the Son has a definitive quality which previous revelation lacked. Moreover the sacrifice for sins which such a One makes must necessarily be greater than other kinds of sacrifices. Finally the Son’s greatness makes preoccupation with angelic dignities entirely unnecessary. Though the Prologue contains no warning—the writer reserved those for later—it carries with it an implicit admonition: This is God’s supremely great Son; hear Him! (cf.12:25-27More 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. 781. Print.

The Power of the Word for Testimony

The Power of the Word for Testimony Excerpt The psalmist prays for the lovingkindness of the Lord to be manifested in deliverance, according to God’s word. This will enable him to render a decisive answer to those who taunt him with the uselessness of serving God. If he fails to experience this deliverance, then he will be deprived of the power to bear witness to the truth before his tormentors. If God will give him this grace, he resolves to send the rest of his life observing his law. In so doing he will be walking “in a broad place,” i.e., he will know true freedom. Should the opportunity present itself, he is prepared to confess his love for God’s word before rulers. He “lifts up his hands” to God’s commandment, i.e., he shows them the utmost reverence. More Smith, James E.The Wisdom Literature and Psalms. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., 1996. Print. Old Testament Survey Series.

Mount Carmel: Carmelite Monastery-Interior

Mount Carmel: Carmelite Monastery-Interior ‎ The interior of the Carmelite Monastery on Mount Carmel. Elijah’s cave is further down the mountainside. It is thought that he rested in this cave before going out to do battle with the prophets of Ba’al. Jewish tradition also associates this cave with Elijah’s pupil, the prophet Elisha, who lived on the Carmel after him, and some believe that Elisha is buried in the cave. Since the 4th century A.D. it has been a place of pilgrimage for those seeking healing or fertility. Elijah’s struggle for social justice, his ability to perform miracles and the mystery of his rising to heaven in a whirlwind all contribute to the special status he has acquired over the centuries among Jews, Christians, Moslems and Druze.

Pharaoh and Nursemaid

Pharaoh and Nursemaid ‎The picture shows the young Amenhotep II (1426–1400 BCE) sitting on the lap of his nursemaid. His feet rest on a footstool consisting of the traditional images of the nine common enemies of Egypt. ‎Ps 110:title–1; Luke 20:43; Acts 2:35; Heb 1:13; 10:13

The Purpose of Christ's Death

The Purpose of Christ's DeathEphesians 5:26 Excerpt The purpose of Christ’s death was to make the church holy (hagiasē, “to set apart” for Himself as His own forever; cf. Heb. 2:1110:10,1413:12) which He did by cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word.This is not baptismal regeneration for that would be contrary to Paul’s teaching in this book as well as all his other writings and the entire New Testament. Metaphorically, being regenerated is pictured as being cleansed by water (cf. “the washing of rebirth” in Titus 3:5). The “Word” (rhēmati) refers to the “preached Word” that unbelievers hear (cf. rhēma in Eph.6:17; Rom. 10:817; 1 Peter 1:25). More Hoehner, Harold W. “Ephesians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 641. Print

When will You Comfort Me?

When will You Comfort Me? Excerpt The psalmist sought deliverance from his sins, his foes, and his fears. Hope deferred made him faint; his eyes failed by looking out for this expected salvation. But when the eyes fail, yet faith must not. His affliction was great. He was become like a leathern bottle, which, if hung up in the smoke, is dried and shrivelled up. We must ever be mindful of God’s statutes. The days of the believer’s mourning shall be ended; they are but for a moment, compared with eternal happiness. His enemies used craft as well as power for his ruin, in contempt of the law of God. The commandments of God are true and faithful guides in the path of peace and safety. We may best expect help from God when, like our Master, we do well and suffer for it. Wicked men may almost consume the believer upon earth, but he would sooner forsake all than forsake the word of the Lord. We should depend upon the grace of God for strength to do every good work. The surest token of God’s…

Greeting and Prayer

Greeting andPrayer By: Sister Shirley Thomas
Good morning saints of Christ Jesus, family, friends and enemies of Yahweh. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and Hewill lift you up...James 4:10 Jesus Christ came into this world and left with no honors, born in a lowly stable, buried in a borrowed tomb. His only desire was to do the will of the Father. This should be our main desire always: To be and stay humble before God. In Jesus name is my supplication. Amen.

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day By: Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
The Greatest Commandment Mark 12:28–34 34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, askedHim a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 23:34-40, NKJV)

Catholic Lectionary

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015 | LENT
THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT
YEARS 1 & 2 | ROMAN MISSAL

              First Reading       Esther C:12, 14–16, 23–25
              Response       Psalm 138:3a
Psalm Psalm 138:1–3, 7c–8
Gospel Acclamation       Psalm 51:12a, 14a
GospelMatthew 7:7–12


Catholic Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015 | LENT
THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK IN LENT
YEAR 1

Psalms (Morning)       Psalm 50
Psalms (Evening)      (Psalm 59, 60) or Psalm 19, 46
Old Testament Deuteronomy 9:23–10:5
New Testament Hebrews 4:1–10
Gospel       John 3:16–21


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